MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission's last major multi-sport event of the year, the Batang Pinoy Visayas regionals, unfolds on Friday at the Lamberto Marcias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete.
Around 2,500 athletes from all over the Visayas are expected to see action in the sportsfest.
PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo will grace the opening ceremonies set for 4 p.m.
Events on tap are athletics, archery, arnis, badminton,baseball, boxing, basketball, chess, dancesport, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, pencak silat, swimming, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, table tennis and volleyball in this weeklong competition at this scenic seaport city.
Dumaguete is the hometown of 2017 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Nicole Tagle, the 15-year-old archer who became the first Filipino athlete to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Batang Pinoy Games is one of the PSC's grassroots sports development programs that has been cited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in promoting sports as part of a country's national policy.
The Visayas regionals follows the highly successful Luzon regionals held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur two weeks ago.
The Mindanao regionals, which was supposed to be the kick-off leg of the meet, did not push through because of the armed conflict in Marawi City last May, although the Batang Pinoy finals will likely be held sometime early next year.
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