It’s all systems go for the staging of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa on May 1 to 9 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
The organizers along with Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro have already assured that venues, billeting, transportation, medical assistance and security are already in place.
The Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex will be the venue of centerpiece athletics and swimming, tennis, football and archery.
The other venues are Aces Gym for arnis, RDR Gym for badminton, Lyr Property and LGU Tagum for baseball, Rotary Gym, University of Southern Philippines Gym, Barangay Apokon Gym and St. Mary’s College Multi-purpose Gym for basketball, Tagum Trade and Cultural Center Pavilion for boxing, Bulwagan ng Lalawigan for chess, Panabo Gym for gymnastics, Mankilam Gym, Assumpta School and Gaisano Gym for sepak takraw, Energy Park for softball, NCCC Mall for table tennis, Gaisano Mall of Tagum for tae kwon do, University of Mindanao-Tagum, Max Mirafuentes Academy and Magugpo North Gym for volleyball, Gaisano Mall for billiards, San Miguel Gym for futsal, Queen of Apostles College for wushu, and Tagum Fundamental Baptist Academy for wrestling.
Around 6, 000 student-athletes are expected to flock the City to participate in the grassroots tournament, which aims to discover talents for future international competitions.
The Palarong Pambansa has produced a number of successful athletes including Southeast Asian Games bemedalled swimmer Eric Buhain, Asia’s sprint queen Lydia De Vega-Mercado and long jump queen Elma Muros-Posadas.