Maguindanao II and Lamitan City bag championship in 2015 Palarong ARMMAA
Cotabato City (03 March 2015) – The contingents from the schools’ divisions of Maguindanao II and Lamitan City emerged as overall champions in the elementary and secondary level, respectively, of the 2015 Palarong Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletics Association (ARMMAA) held in Parang town, Maguindanao.
Maguindanao II, which garnered a total of 30 gold medals, 16 silvers and 16 bronzes, is followed by the divisions of Tawi-Tawi, Lamitan City, Maguindanao I, Sulu, Lanao del Sur II, Basilan and Lanao del Sur I.
In the secondary level, Lamitan City bagged the over-all championship, garnering a total of 28 gold medals, 38 silvers and 33 bronzes. It is followed by the divisions of Maguindanao I, Maguindanao II, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Sulu, Lanao del Sur I and Lanao del Sur II.
The closing ceremony was held Monday at the Parang Central Elementary School.
ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan congratulated all the athletes and the coaches who participated in the five-day sporting event. He said they are happy that the annual sporting event proceeded without a hitch despite the tragic incident in Mamasapano.
He also urged the athletes who will make up the region’s contingent in this year’s Palarong Pamabansa on May in Tagum City, Davao del Norte to practice regularly and prepare for the games.
The region was able to secure 9 wins in different sporting events in the national games last year. “Tiwala ako na mahihigitan natin ang ating performance last year sa darating na Palarong Pambansa,” Kulayan said.
A contingent of close to 500 athletes will represent ARMM in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa. Kulayan said they will not only aspire to bring honor and glory to the region, they will also bear the message of peace – the enduring peace yearned by its people.
Grade 7 student Aira Lhyne Suraman, 13, the arnis gold medalist, said she will practice hard to prepare for the national sports meet. “Gagalingan pa po namin sa Palarong Pamabansa para maipakita na magaling din po ang ARMM sa sports at tingin ko po may chance po tayong Manalo.” (Bureau of Public Information)