Pangasinan II bagged the overall championship title and dethroned Ilocos Norte, the perennial winner for 11 straight years in the Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA) Meet, now called Region I Athletic Association (R1AA), slated from March 14 to 19 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here.
With a total points of 503.5, Pangasinan II scored most of their points in different sporting events particularly basketball, arnis — boys and girls, badminton– boys and girls, chess– boys and girls, sepak-takraw — girls, taekwondo — boys and girls, tennis — boys and girls, football, sipa, table tennis — boys and girls, volleyball — boys.
Ilocos Norte trailed the new champion by 13 points tallying a total of 490.5, most of which came from badminton — boys and girls, football, softball, swimming — boys, sepak takraw — boys, arnis — boys, volleyball — girls, chess — boys and table tennis — boys.
Pangasinan I, on the other hand, landed on third place, the same rank it posted last year, with 476 total points.
Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. congratulated the winners even as he said that the province’s mission to be Number One has been accomplished on the regional level as also proven by the various awards and citations conferred to the province recently by the Regional Development Council (RDC) for its remarkable achievements in different lines of development.
The R1AA championship of Pangasinan II, according to the Governor, is another welcome development which signifies the strong will of Pangasinense to achieve excellence in various fields.
“I am happy that finally our efforts paid off. We were able to beat the perennial champion for 11 years. What we should do now is to work doubly hard to maintain the championship next year because I am sure Ilocos Norte will try to bounce back to reclaim the crown,” the Governor said.
The Governor likewise emphasized the need to “rationalize the province’s sports development program” to provide direction and further hone the sports prowess of Pangasinense athletes according to their forte and strength.
Meanwhile, Dr. Viraluz Raguindin, Pangasinan II Schools Superintendent, expressed elation over the victory of Pangasinan athletes as she said that the achievement can be attributed to the hard work, determination and strong will of the young athletes to win backed by the support of the provincial government headed by the Governor.
“It’s about time that Pangasinan athletes shine,” she said even as she added that the excellent leadership of the current provincial administration serves as an inspiration to every Pangasinense who strives to be the best.
Before the start of the week-long competition, the provincial government has conducted a rigid in-house training for two weeks and tune-up games afterwards–for the first time–to prepare the young athletes not only physically but emotionally and mentally, as well.
Ranking of other delegations are as follows: 4th, La Union (308.75); 5th, Laoag City (195.25); 6th, Alaminos City (130.25); 7th, Dagupan City (121.5); 8th; San Carlos City (102.75); 9th, Urdaneta City (99); 10th, San Fernando City (91); 11th, Ilocos Sur (82); 12th, Candon City (70), 13th, Batac City (62.5); 14th, Vigan City (45).
IRAA, or R1AA, is the biggest sporting event in the region. The winning teams of various sports events will compete in the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Dapitan in Zamboanga Del Norte on May 8-14, 2011. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)
The Best in the Region. Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. (extreme right), together with DepEd Pangasinan II officials led by Superintendent Viraluz Raguindin(2nd from right), Asst. Superintendent Teodora Nabor(center), Asst. Superintendent Don Balderas(2nd from left) and Dr. Enrique Macayan (extreme left) proudly show the championship trophy after the recently concluded Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) competing against 13 other delegates from Region 1. Team Pangasinan dethroned defending champs Ilocos Norte, who held the championship crown for 11 straight years.