President Rodrigo Roa Duterte officially declares the opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2018 at the Elpidio Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur on April 15, 2018.
During the opening ceremony, the President witnesses the hoisting of the Palarong Pambansa banner administered by Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, Assistant Secretary for Regional Operations and Procurement Revsee Escobedo, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Affairs and Special Concerns Marjorie Jalosjos, and Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Jeremias Singson. Meanwhile, DepEd Regional Directors and Regional Sports Officers facilitate the hoisting of regional delegation banners followed by the lighting of the friendship cauldron.
Carrying the theme, ‘Championing the Spirit of Young Filipino Athletes,’ the annual event convenes the student athletes, accompanied by their mentors from 17 regions across the country, to compete in various sporting events.
As host of the Palarong Pambansa 2018, the local government officials of Ilocos Sur set the Quirino Stadium as the main sports complex with its 40 playing venues where the various sports will be held. A total of 1,311 medals will be awarded to the winners of regular sports, twenty-four for demonstration sports, and 264 for special games
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