Batang Pinoy hostilities underway

September 17, 2018

BAGUIO CITY--The  best young athletes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao begin their hunt for the gold medals in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals, which kick off  today (Monday) in Baguio City and  Benguet Province.

An  annual  undertaking  of  the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the week-long competition  begins in earnest in 30 different sports  in  various venues around  the city  exactly two days after its  scheduled   grand  opening ceremony was  cancelled due to the onslaught of typhoon Ompong.

Host  Baguio City is  seeking to win the overall  championship, but Cebu City, Cebu Province, Pangasinan, Laguna and Mandaluyong are expected to pose a threat.

The  national finals in 10 sports --  cycling  (mountain  bike and  road),  duathlon, futsal, gymnastics, judo, muay thai, triathlon, weightlifting,  wrestling and wushu -- will be  competed.

Qualifying games will also be held in archery, arnis, athletics, baseball, basketball (boys and girls), boxing,  chess, dancesports, karatedo, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball (boys and  girls) at beach volleyball.

After being  stranded for a few days at  the  Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and Philsports   Complex in Pasig due to the  typhoon, cmost of the  athletes  and officials have  started to travel  to Baguio in ctime for their scheduled events.

Based on the data provided  by the  Batang Pinoy Secretariat  now in  Baguio  as of Sept. 14, a  total  of  36  local government units  and 1,127 athletes from Luzon,  26  LGUs   and 516   athletes from   the Visayas and 26 LGUs and 572 athletes from Mindanao have already registered.

In  all, a total of 88 LGUs and 2, 715 participants are already in Baguio City.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio  Domogan said they have decided to forego the opening  ceremonies rue to the but promised  a “grand closing celebration”.

The  two  officials  have also assured  participants and officials that  all  measures have  been taken to ensure  their safety.     

“We  will also  keep the public  updated through our social media pages as well as our website,” said  Ramirez, who  earlier stated that this event will maximize use of technology in disseminating information to the public.  A hotline to  answer questions regarding Batang Pinoy was  also put in place in light of concerns due to the  effects  of  the storm.

Batang Pinoy Program Director and PSC Deputy Executive Director  Atty. Guillermo Iroy is leading the efforts to  ensure  the success of the  competition despite  the effects of the  typhoon.

Iroy also said  an   updated  general competition schedule   has already been released to guide   team  officials and parents on planning their team’s logistics and travel.