Sato urges PH athletes to have winning attitude

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Nation
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A House leader underscored yesterday the importance of sports in developing “a winning attitude”
for young and aspiring Filipino athletes to excel in life.
Occidental Mindoro, Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato said this as thousands of young athletes
gather for the 2018 MIMAROPA Regional Athletic Association Sports Meet in San Jose, Occidental
Mindoro from March 12 to 16, 2018.
Sato cited the importance of having a winning attitude in sports and in the everyday
struggle which she said can be instilled in today’s youth through the sports – to be competitive;
determined and unyielding in the pursuit of one’s goals, hopes, and aspirations in life.
“To my mind, a winning attitude is about being competitive and determined and unyielding in
the face of a challenge.  Masipag at matiyaga, at hindi umaatras sa anumang laban.  Manalo o
matalo, sports lang,” said Sato, adding that the hosting of the MIMAROPA Athletic Association
Sports Meet finally returned to Occidental Mindoro after 48 years.
A total of 4, 217 delegates representing Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, Oriental Mindoro,
Romblon, Marinduque, Calapan City and Occidental Mindoro are expected to compete in various
individual and team categories and sporting competition.
Occidental Mindoro has the biggest delegation with 1,226 athletes, coaches, and trainers
followed by Oriental Mindoro with 630.
Palawan came in 3rd with a total of 619 delegates; Puerto Princesa City come in next with a
total of 585.  Calapan City has a total of 440 delegates while Romblon and Marinduque sent 387 and
330 delegates, respectively.
The annual event, with the MIMAROPA – Regional Athletic Association then known as the
Southern Tagalog Athletic Association or STAA – was last held in Occidental Mindoro in 1970.
Formally opening the event and welcoming the participants and specials guests in behalf of
Occidental Mindoro’s two top local officials, Governor Gene Mendiola and Vice Governor Peter
Alfaro, on March 12, Sato commended the organizers for aptly choosing this year’s theme for the
sporting event: “Becoming A Champion Through Winning Attitude”
 The event was graced by Senator Loren Legarda as keynote speaker and guest of honor and
other key officials of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, and Palawan.
According to Sato, defeat should not be a reason to yield or surrender - in sports or in
life’s everyday struggle.
Sato said there is a “lodi” in every athlete, referring to a sports hero or idol, but
reminded that every athlete must work hard to succeed and shine one day, citing Carlos “The Big
Difference” Loyzaga.
Born in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Loyzaga became a Philippine basketball hero and
legend and brought glory not only to Mindoro but the entire MIMAROPA Region.
“Kaya ‘wag susuko hanggang magtagumpay tayo sa larangan ng sports, at gayundin sa mga
pagsubok sa buhay balang araw.   Kaya para manalo tayo, wag susuko at practice pa more!” she said.
Sato, a former Governor of Occidental Mindoro, also urged stakeholders in the MIMAROPA
Region to take the sporting event as an opportunity to show their athletic skills and talent while
enhancing individual and team competitiveness to win but should also bear in mind the need for
cooperation and to work together to ensure regional growth and development for MIMAROPA being its