LAOAG CITY – Representatives of Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the competing 14 Schools Division formally closed the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet 2019 on Mar. 11, at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium (FEMMS).
The week-long regional sporting event is conducted yearly to choose student athletes who will be representing the Ilocos Region in the Palarong Pambansa, which will be held in Davao City on Apr. 27 to May 4.
Organizers have adopted the Olympic medal system wherein no champion is announced; instead, the best delegation in each sports event is recognized.
The Schools Division of Ilocos Norte (SDOIN) collected 56 gold, 39 silver, and 61 bronze medals. They excelled in four events namely: athletics, baseball, gymnastics, and softball, landing in the top three.
In this year’s meet, Dagupan City bested in arnis, boxing, swimming, and aero gymnastics; Pangasinan II in archery, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and wushu; Pangasinan I in basketball, billiards, taekwondo, and dance sports; Urdaneta City in sepak takraw and wrestling; La Union in futsal and bocce (special game); Laoag City in chess; Ilocos Sur in football and pencak silat; San Carlos City in laro ng lahi, athletics and swimming (special games); Alaminos City in tennis; and Batac City in goal ball (special game).
Dagupan City garnered the most number of medals followed by Pangasinan II with 87 gold, 64 silver, 55 bronze and 57 gold, 52 silver, and 43 bronze, respectively.
DepEd Regional Director Dr. Malcolm Garma praised Ilocos Norte as the best host among all regional sports events he has attended, commending the “spectacular” opening program, well-organized playing venues, and comfortable billeting venues.
Senior Provincial Board Member (SPBM) Matthew Marcos Manotoc also extended his gratitude to the people behind the success of R1AA Meet, saying: “I would like to thank the DepEd for allowing the province to host the R1AA this year and I also thank all our delegations for coming and staying as a very dignified and reasonable guests here in Ilocos Norte.”
He also stressed that the delegates are always welcome to visit again and appreciate the beauty of Ilocos Norte.