SDO and LGU San Juan City Team Up for a Sizzling Performance in the 2019 NCR Palaro


An electrifying and beaming contingent of the SDO San Juan City joined the the NCR Palaro Opening Parade that started in the River Park all the way to the Marikina Sports Center last February 24, 2019.

No less than the Mother of the City, Madam Guia G. Gomez, trooped the line along with the 453-strong SDO San Juan contingent consisting of officials, athletes and coaches. She was joined by Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-SDS and Mrs. Flordelisa D. Pereyra, OIC-ASDS in trudging bravely the path to sports supremacy in the primary and secondary schools in the hotly contested National Capital Region (NCR) Palaro.

​​As an avid fan of sports herself, the Mayor has this to say- “Sports develops not only the overall physical capabilities of our young people. It also develops in them the values of camaraderie, cooperation and responsibility”. “I am here today to show support to all the athletes competing in various sports disciplines, and of course, to my beloved San Juaneño athletes”, she stressed.

Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-SDS of SDO San Juan, said that the winners or winning teams in this event will earn the right to represent the region (NCR) in the highly coveted Palarong Pambansa 2019 which will be held in Davao City, Region XI on April 27 to May 03, 2019. “We are hoping for our athletes to compete well in the spirit of sportsmanship and goodwill. We put premium on our athletes to bring home friendships and life lessons much more than bringing home the bacon”, he said in an interview.

​​This year’s host to the DepEd-led regional sports spectacle, Honorable Marcy M. Teodoro of the City of Marikina, warmly welcomed the delegates with a festive display of street dancing as they introduced their environmental campaign- “Munting Basura, Ibulsa Muna” wherein participants were encouraged to join the dance craze.

​​The young student athletes vying for at least 34 sports disciplines thrived on merriment and goodwill during the opening program which was accentuated with colorful display of athletes in their respective division athletic uniforms. San Juan delegates were easily identified with the white and pink color combination that symbolizes Purity and Love.

As of press time, the overall In-charge of the SDO San Juan delegation, Dr. Susan C. Luceño, EPS in MAPEH, is so elated to announce that SDO- San Juan placed 6th in the Secondary Level overall ranking in the region as the Palaro came to a close. “It is an unparalleled performance of SDO-San Juan City in the history of the NCR Palaro”, she reported in a telephone interview.

​​“All the efforts, sacrifices and challenges experienced by our athletes and coaches finally paid off”, Dr. Ibañez added after learning the division’s ranking. “Contributory to this unprecedented finish of the division is the unwavering support we receive from the LGU, headed by Madam Guia G. Gomez. Their support propelled us to SHINE in the 2019 NCR Palaro”, he mused with pride as we end our conversation.

Article written by:

Jay F. Macasieb (ASP II / Research Coordinator)

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