THE Department of Education (DepEd) will send 115 Filipino athletes who won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the last Palarong Pambansa to the 5th Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) Schools Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, from June 22 to 30.
“We wish our athletes good luck and remind them that they are not only competitors but our ambassadors of goodwill,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement on Friday.
Luistro also thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for supporting student athletes.
The 5th Asean Schools Games will be participated in by over 1,500 athletes and coaches from the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The events are track and field, sepaktakraw, swimming, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and pencaksilat.
The Philippines will host the 6th Asean Schools Games next year.
NEIL A. ALCOBER