Children’s Games ends on high note
The 2017 Mindanao Children’s Games held in Davao City from May 23 to 27, came to a successful close Saturday. It was three days of light play and fun for children 12 years old and under who participated in this event under the Sports for Peace program of the Philippine Sport Commission.
In his speech, PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez recognized the roles of education and sports in the development of a responsible citizen. He enjoined the children to “study hard so that you reach your dreams, you see new places and learn different languages. Involve yourself in sports to learn discipline and fortify your mind and bodies.” Ramirez also said allowing children to play together, regardless of religious, political and other inclinations will teach and show them Filipinos are one with one blood and one nation. “There may be war in other countries and disorder in our own backyard, but though this we show everyone that peace reigns in Davao, in Mindanao.”
Barangay 76-A swept all sets to take the championship in girls’ volleyball. Barangay Tumugan was runner-up. Volleyball tournament manager Abet Bernan said that there were a lot of potential players on the floor but “more than the skills it is developing interest in sports that was more important.” A total of 10 barangays participated in the girls’ volleyball event.
In boys’ 3-on-3 basketball, Baranggay Buhangin copped the title beating early finalist, Barangay Hizon, 18-5. Baranggays Bantol, Baguio Proper and Indangan also won in the Larong Pinoy events.
The closing program was a simple affair at the Almendras Recreational Center in Davao City. Folk dances from the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines provided entertainment for the short ceremonies. Winners of the games took home cash prizes and gift bags containing snack food and school supplies. All participants received their own loot bags.
During the conduct of the games, the Davao Sports for Peace Corps Volunteers Association (DSPCVA) was also formed, giving the PSC access to talents and skills of sports practitioners, enthusiasts, coaches and athletes living within and near Davao City. Ramirez hopes to replicate this in the next editions of the Children’s Games which is expected to be held in other areas of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. PSC