Araw ng Dabaw sportsfest opens

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SOME 500 athletes, coaches and officials of different national sports associations (NSA) of Davao City all came Monday evening in a meaningful opening ceremony of the 77th Araw ng Dabaw Sports Festival at Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

Even rival groups gathered in one roof to usher a new milestone in the city's sports landscape as the first-ever opening rites of the annual sportsfest was held.

City Administrator Atty. Melchor Quitain, in his message, said that athletes, coaches and trainers should be given importance because of their big contribution to the city. “I never thought that we have so many sports enthusiasts. You all deserved to be recognized.”


He said that in past Araw celebrations, other sports were not given much importance aside from popular sports like basketball and bowling.

"I never thought that we have dama as a sports discipline," Quitain said.

Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William "Butch" Ramirez, for his part, thanked Quitain for backing up the event, saying: “It is our honor to see all sports enthusiasts of the city gathered tonight to celebrate our unity in sports. We should give gratitude as well to our city administrator Atty. Quitain for requesting this assembly because without him this momentous event might not happen.”

Jeven Lagrada, of motocross, led the athletes' oath of sportsmanship while Cindy Matabalan of tchoukball led the referees’ code of conduct.

The event was highlighted by the lighting of the torch by representatives from rugby football accompanied by Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA) band. Ramirez declared the sports festival open.

Aubrey Marie Maceda of Holy Cross of Davao College, meanwhile, bagged the Best Muse title representing Balibolista de Dabaw.

Athletes were elated by the opening ceremonies.

Robert Hernando of tchoukball said that the assembly gives them more motivation to do their best in their respective sports while Krizia Marie Delos Reyes of Kayaking team Davao was amazed because after so many years, they were formally gathered in this big event.

Aj Pio Glimada of J. Bastida Elementary School volleyball men also said, “Happy mi kay daog among muse and naila-ila namo ang uban officials ug athletes sa Davao, (We are happy that our muse won and we have met different officials and athletes in the city).”

The opening ceremony was also graced by City Councilor Leonardo Avila III, Public Safety Command Center (PSCC) chief Francisco Villaroman and Barangay Cultural Community Affairs (BCCAD) officer-in-charge Jose Ong.

A total of P1.5-million budget was allocated for the sportsfest that features 22 events with 26 competitions including arnis, athletics, baseball, basketball, billiard, body building, cycling, dama, duathlon, karatedo, kayaking, lawn tennis, motocross, shooting, table tennis, tchouckball and wakeboarding.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 05, 2014.


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