2017 Palarong Pambansa Message of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones

April 8, 2017

Greetings to the officials, organizers, coaches and athletes participating in this year’s Palarong Pambansa to be held in San Jose, Antique on April 23-29, 2017 with the theme, “2017 Palarong Pambansa: Converges Youth Power, Builds Sustainable Future.”
 
This year, the entire nation shall witness thousands of young athletes, armed with physical prowess and mental toughness, competing with each other and against themselves. In the course of their competitions, these young athletes will learn the joy of triumph and the gracious acceptance of defeat. However, more than winning or losing, Palarong Pambansa should be a veritable exhibit of fairness, camaraderie, and sportsmanship that the country will be proud to showcase at international sports events.
 
This event also poses a challenge to educators. Have we been successful in developing a holistic learner who is capable both inside the classroom and out in the playing field?  
 
The Palaro will serve as our marker: Are we really making a difference in the lives of our learners? More than just providing sporting opportunities, are we able to sew into the fabric of our schools the culture of excellence?
 
Let this sports event become a legacy for the next generation of Filipino athletes. Let us join hands in ensuring that quality and equality, inclusion and inspiration, become the Palaro’s benchmark.
 
Do your best and congratulations!