LINGAYEN – This first-class municipality in the north will become livelier in the next few days when around 5000 athletes, coaches, and officials converge for the 60th edition of the Private Schools Athletic Association.
Prisaa national chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles said everything is ready, from the technical committee to the playing venues, as well as the program of activities for the smooth conduct of the opening ceremonies on Monday.
“They have excellent sports facilities. They are fully prepared to undertake this sports gathering and we are thankful for their support,” said Angeles after emerging from Saturday’s board meeting attended by representatives from 17 regions.
Angeles said Prisaa national president Dr. Gonzalo T. Duque (also the president of the host Region 1) assured him that all the venues in and around the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center as well as the equipment have been ready for use in the next five days of competition.
The Prisaa board also confirmed Davao del Norte will be the host of the meet next year.
Davao del Norte vice-governor Victorio R. Suaybaguio Jr. attended the board meeting to personally get the confirmation of their bid to host arguably the country’s largest sports association. It will be held in capital city of Tagum.
More than 5,000 flag-bearing athletes, coaches, and officials from the country’s 17 regions are expected to join the traditional parade in the afternoon inside the sprawling NRSCC complex refurbished by the provincial government last year.
The afternoon parade will precede the three-hour long program proper at the grandstand with Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas (D.D.) to serve as main guest of honor and speaker.
Pangasinan governor Amado T. Espino Jr. is also expected to attend and also deliver inspirational talk in the program that will also be graced by former sports personalities who have contributed to the Prisaa which has grown to become the largest association with nearly 500 member colleges and universities.
These include former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Cecil Hechanova, former sports commissioner Anthony Nicanor, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (GMA Network chairman, president and CEO), Hector Navasero of baseball and Segundo T. Gazmin.
Hostilities in all 18 sports including seven team and 11 individual sports, both in the secondary and collegiate level, will commence on Tuesday.