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Countdown to Palarong Pambansa 2014

There are only19 days to go before the start of Palarong Pambansa 2014 but Laguna Governor ER Ejercito is already very  excited.

The national sports event will be held for the first time in Laguna, at Brgy. Bubukal in Santa Cruz, to be exact.

It’s a big honor for Gov. ER to have the annual sports event held in his turf.

Gov. ER considered the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) he signed with the Department of Education as “historic and momentous.”

“It is historic and momentous because within this period (May 4-10), the country’s best athletes shall compete for the country’s highest honors and all eyes shall be set on our province,” Gov. ER said.

After two years of preparation, Laguna is all set and ready for Palarong Pambansa 2014.

“We are ready to welcome about 17,000 young athletes, coaches and officials from 17 regions of the country who will compete in 19 sports disciplines to become our nation’s newest heroes,” Gov. ER added.

“This is the best time to showcase our unique traditions, culture, products, services, tourism destinations, as well as our successes and achievements in local governance,” Gov. ER continued.

“It is a great honor and a testament of Laguna’s capability and preparedness to stage the grandest Palarong Pambansa ever, which aims to develop the character of the youth of our nation and instill in them the values of discipline,dedication, humility and self-confidence through sports. These are the same values that our youth need in all aspects of their lives, after all ‘In Laguna, sports is a way of life!”

For the opening, Gov. ER invited two of the country’s most famous sports personalities: boxer Manny Pacquiao and basketball star James Yap.

Gov. ER shard that their budget for the sports event amounts to P210-million. Aside from the 19-hectare Sports Complex, which features new, state-of-the-art sports facilities that meet international 0standards, they also built an Athletes Village to house more or less 1,000 athletes.

Gov. ER concluded: “The Palarong Pambansa in Laguna will be the benchmark of future Pambansa Palaro events. It is our ultimate goal to  deliver the best ever Palarong Pambansa in our nation’s history.”