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Baguio, Benguet would be best hosts for PalarongPambansa
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Baguio and Benguet will be the best venue and the best hosts should the localities be given a chance to accommodate athletes in national sporting events, a Baguio councilor said.

Councilor and representative to the City School Board Peter Fianza said aside from the hospitability of the Cordillerans, the climate and the proximate venues are ideal locations and might even contribute to an athlete’s better performance. 

“It’s sports and tourism at the same time,” Fianza said stressing that in Baguio and Benguet, sporting venues are also tourist attractions.

For Baguio for instance, the proposed venues such as the Philippine Military Academy, Camp John Hay, and the Athletic Bowl are tourist sites as well. In Benguet, the Stobosa and the famous strawberry fields are attractions that delegates can behold.

He said many schools all over the Philippines have long wanted for the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Baguio and Benguet but aside from lack of facilities in the past, there were circumstances that prevented both LGUs from bidding to host the Palaro.

In recent years however, both local government units have upgraded their sporting facilities and equipment and both have declared that the time is ripe to host the Palaro.

Fianza declined to give details about how the bidding process is done in the Palaro but gave hints that it is not simply confined to having the facilities, equipment, and venue. Even Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in his past interviews said the city could host but also expressed dismay at how the bidding process is done. He likewise declined to give details.

Meanwhile, the Baguio City Council, which recently passed a resolution commending the athletes who helped the Cordillera make it in sixth place told officials of the Department of Education, not to hesitate to ask the local government unit for support.

Councilor Arthur Allad-iw said the DepEd only has to submit a project proposal and the city, aside from logistical support, could also allot funds in support of the athletes.

The recent venue of the Palarong Pambanse was in Antiwue.


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