R1AA 2016: Back-to-Back Win for Pangasinan II

San Fernando City, La Union – The Schools Division of Pangasinan 2 (SDP2) maintained its record as overall winner in the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) meet held at the San Carlos City, Pangasinan on Feb. 21 – 26, 2016.

With 70 Gold, 46 Silver, and 43 Bronze medals, the SDP2 bested the other 13 Schools Divisions which joined in the sports event. This was its second year in a row. The SDP2 accumulated 88 Gold, 51 Silver, and 40 Bronze Medals in last year’s R1AA meet.

The rank of the other Schools Divisions according to overall medal standing are: Dagupan City (DC), (44-38-38); La Union (LU), (39-41-62); Urdaneta City (UC), (39-33-30); Ilocos Norte (IN), (27-42-55); Pangasinan I (P1), (23-19-50); Ilocos Sur (IS), (20-25-22); Batac City (BC), (18-21-13); Laoag City (LC), (18-18-32); San Fernando City (SFC), (15-28-14); Alaminos City (AC), (10-7-20); San Carlos City (SCC), (9-13-24); Vigan City (VC), (5-6-5); and Candon City (CC), 5 Gold, 5 Silver, and 11 Silver Medals.

Categorized into Elementary and Secondary levels, the top five in the Elementary level included City Schools Division of Dagupan (CSDD), (20-17-18); P2, (20-15-18); LU, (19-13-23); IN, (18-24-22); and UC, (16-12-15).

For Secondary, the SDP2 ranked number one with 50 Gold, 31 Silver, and 25 Bronze medals followed by CSDD, (24-21-20); UC, (23-21-15); LU, (20-28-390; and P1, (17-14-34).
For the Special Awards, the delegation of the City Schools Division of Alaminos (CSDA) was adjudged as Eco-friendly delegation; SDIS, Most Competitive; CSDV, Most Cooperative; SDP1, Best Billeting School; CSDSF, Most Organized; CSDU, Most Courteous; CSDL, Best in Sportsmanship; SDLU, Best in Uniform; CSDD, Cleanest delegation; SDIL, Most Discipline; CSDB, Most Participative; CSDSC, Best in Teamwork; CSDC, Best in Parade and Saludo; SDP2, Biggest delegation; and SDIN, Most Neat and Accurate Athletes Documents.

Prior to the competition a lot of athletes expressed optimism that they can make it as they underwent rigid training and thorough preparations; some manifested excitement since it was their first time to join in such friendly competition; while others said, they learned the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Mary Rose Sibayan, Grade 9, Arnis Player, Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS), said playing in the R1AA is an honor; very happy and proud for the opportunity given to represent her school. Whatever will be the result of her performances, she will accept the decision of the judges. What was important to her she did her best.
Emsel Julz Bigadot, 10, Grade V, Chess Player, CSDC, on the other hand, said he was very inspired playing in the R1AA. According to him, the tournament is a great challenge considering that playing Chess entails critical thinking and planning. But more importantly, he will be competing with other brilliant Chess players in the region, which he firmly believed will provide additional learning experience to him. Like any other player in some sports events, he conveyed readiness whatever will be the result of the game; win or loss. He pledged to do all his best to win and bring honor to their school.
Ms. Jennelyn Pareno Macaalay, Coach, Comprehensive National High School (CNHS), Pangasinan I, said as preparation, their school stayed focused in giving sufficient time and instructions to train their athletes. They inculcated athletes’ winning spirit as they continue to boost and motivate them to do their best. Since the R1AA is not only winning in all of the sports events, they gave primary attention to the welfare of their athletes.

To ensure the smooth flow of the different sports events and to sustain the safety and security of all the players, Regional Director, Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio led the visitation of all of the billeting and the playing venues during the five-day competition. She also graced the awarding of Trophies and Plaque of Recognition to the Overall Winners in a Closing Ceremonies held at the Dr. Martin P. Posadas Memorial Stadium, Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation on Feb. 26, 2016.