Sports and Action
ABS-CBN to showcase Palarong Pambansa 2016
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 06, 2016 10:47 AM
ABS-CBN Sports + Action has partnered with the local government of Albay and the Department of Education to showcase the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.
The country's future sports stars get to be showcased as ABS-CBN Sports + Action will broadcast the 2016 edition of Palarong Pambansa hosted by the province of Albay on April 10-18.
An official contract signing last Tuesday between ABS-CBN and the local government of Albay led by Governor Joey Salceda, together with the Department of Education, formally ignited the partnership that will center around the Philippines' premier competition for the primary and secondary level.
The 59th edition by the DepEd's annual multi-sporting event will pit 18 regions against each other.
A total of 21 events will be contested in the secondary level while 15 sports will be competed in the primary level. In addition, four demonstration sports will be held in Albay which are billiards, wushu, wrestling and futsal.
More or less 600 medals will be at stake for high school student-athletes, 485 for elementary and 95 for the demo sports.
"Definitely this will be one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, Palarong Pambansa ever," DepEd Assec. Tonisito Umali said.
Albay, who won the bidding to host its first ever Palarong Pambansa, is more than ready to accomodate the athletes and their contingent.
"We did our best that is humanly imaginable to ensure that this is the safest Palaro and we also did what is touristically imaginable to ensure that they will love Albay," Gov. Salceda said.
In terms of the actual coverage, the opening ceremony will be slightly delayed since it will air on primetime.
Viewers also get to witness the entire Palarong Pambansa experience as the coverage will not only focus on basketball and volleyball.
Palarong Pambansa will get the afternoon block except for when the UAAP is on air.
The National Capital Region is the reigning overall champion in the Palarong Pambansa.