Philippine National Games to tap potential talents countrywide
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2015 05:32 PM
Atty. Ma. Jay Fe Alano, Philippine Sports Commission project director, talks about the 2015 staging of Philippine National Games.
In an effort to further tap potential talents countrywide, the Philippine National Games (PNG) is set to hold three qualifying legs this year covering Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The annual sports meet kicks off its qualifier in Luzon from July 2-6 and covers a total of 23 sports, most of which will be played at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Philsports Arena, and the Marikina Sports Center.
The Mindano qualifier comes next in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur from Sept. 10-14, followed by the Visayas leg in Antique from November 10-14.
The meet culminates in a National Championship to be held in Pangasinan tentatively on February of 2016.
National athletes and members of training pool who are currently receiving allowances from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) though, are not qualified to compete.
“We wanted new talents to shine that’s why hindi qualified ‘yung mga national athletes,” said Atty. Ma. Jay Fe Alano, PSC project director, during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Alano cited the case of Marella Salamat who won the gold medal in the women’s Individual Time Trial race of the recent 28th Southeast Asian Games, as among those who were discovered in the PNG. Salamat competed during the 2013 edition of the annual event.
Then there were other PNG discoveries who are now with the national team of sepak takraw, muay thai, boxing, table tennis, and wrestling.
Sports included in the calendar of events are mostly those being played in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games, although wushu backed out at the last minute.
In its place instead, was national sport arnis.
“(PSC) chairman (Richie Garcia) opted to include arnis in the calendar of events since it is our national sport, so we have to support it,” said Alano.
The staging of the event, including the National Championship, will cost P20 million.