Gov. ER’s star-studded plan for Palarong Pambansa 2014
Committed to making this year’s Palarong Pambansa a star-filled event, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito has invited a number of sports celebrities to grace the much-awaited event.
“We already talked to Manny Pacquiao, James Yap and the Teng brothers (Jeric and Jeron) for the opening ceremony,” Gov. Ejercito declared during the Palarong Pambansa memorandum of agreement signing with the Department of Education.
“They will run one lap across the field before lighting up the torch. So maraming bago dito sa Palarong Pambansa. Pinagaganda namin ito dahil hindi ito pinapansin kaya pinasisikat natin para magaya ng ibang governors, mayors and congressmen next year,” he explained.
It is the first time the province of Laguna would host the premier sports festival.
Under Governor Ejercito’s leadership, the Laguna Sports Complex is currently being refurbished to have “state-of-the-art facilities.”
“Since I became a governor in 2010 and being a former athlete of La Salle Greenhills and UP Diliman ay alam ko ang kategorya ng ating atleta at iba’t ibang larangan ng paligsahan. Magmula ng ako’y maging governor at hanggang sa ngayon, kami ni Mayor Maita Ejercito ay naging host ng sports tournamens and events gaya ng NCAA, Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy, (at) unity games ng Iglesia ni Cristo.
“Kung itong mga palarong ito ay na-host ko nang maayos ay hindi na po bago itong Palarong Pambansa na ’di hamak na mas malaki pero sa palagay ko ay kakayanin namin.”
He added, “With a budget of P70 million and 19 hectares na Laguna Sports Complex ay handang-handa na po tayo.”
The governor is proud of the highly improved sports facilities.
“Pinaganda na namin ang track oval. We added more bleachers for the audience. We have a new archery and firing range. Ang swimming pool namin ay Olympic size. We have tennis courts and pelota courts for badminton and sepak takraw. We have a new lighting system and we’re building the biggest monument of Dr. Jose Rizal as a sportsman.”