Governor Joseph C. Cua, as the keynote speaker of this year’s Palarong Panlalawigan opening program held at Catanduanes Athletic Complex, last November 3, 2017, reminded student athletes that talent alone is not enough in sports, rather it is important to supplement it with right attitude, a learning mindset, and unfaltering perseverance.
He pointed out that as young athletes, they must hone a great sense of respect and humility in order to succeed in sports.
“There is no scarcity in talent in the Happy Island of Catanduanes. But the road to be at par with other provinces and even with ASEAN athletes and to become great starts with the everyday effort and attitude you put into your game”, said Gov. Cua.
Meanwhile, Dr. Socorro V. Dela Rosa, the Schools Division Superintendent said that each competing zone has prepared for the said competition not just to be in the Palarong Bicol but to support the advocacy of having a sound body.
Furthermore, she said that this year’s Palaro is filled with excitement given that for the last two years, the Division of Catanduanes has not conducted the provincial palaro.
Dr. Dela Rosa has high hopes that each athletes, coaches and officiating officials will exercise sportsmanship in all the events that they will be holding.
Moreover, Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento expressed his support and challenged the Division of Catanduanes to improve ranking at Palarong Bicol.
“Dakula tabi na challenge sa gabos na sa maabot na Palarong Pambansa, kahit kulang ang satuyang preparasyon, isipon ta tabi na we are representing Catanduanes and we should see to it na ipaglaban nita, na umangat kita sa ranking,” he said.
As part of the opening ceremony, Gov. Cua and Cong. Sarmiento also led the lighting of the friendship urn.
Local Chief Executives of the different municipalities also showed support in the conduct of Palarong Panlalawigan such as Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes together with Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla, Viga Mayor Emeterio Tarin, Caramoran Mayor Agnes Popa, Panganiban Mayor Robert Fernandez, and representative of Bagamanoc Mayor Remegio Villaluna.
There are seven zones to compete for the Palarong Panlalawigan comprising the athletes, coaches, sports officials and other involved in the different sports events.
Zone 1 has 372 delegates while Zone 2 has 454, Zone 3 has 342, Zone 4 has 381, Zone 5 has 229, Zone 6 has 112 and Zone 7 has 61.