More or less 5,000 delegates from the six provinces of the region are expected to gather here for this year’s Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet, which will open on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Dr. Amelita Pitalgo, OIC-Chief, Education Support Services Division of Department of Education 6 said the delegates are composed of athletes, coaches, chaperones and delegation heads. They will also include officials who will officiate during the WVRAA which will culminate on February 23.
Pitalgo said advance party of some competing delegations were already here since last week to prepare their billeting quarters.
Delegations will be billeted in five elementary schools and 1 secondary school in the city. The Antique delegation will be housed at Baluarte Elementary School; Aklan at Iloilo Central School; Capiz at Mandurriao Elementary School; Guimaras at A. Montes I Elementary School; Negros Occidental at Lapaz I Elementary School; and Iloilo and the officiating and non-officiating officials at Iloilo National High School.
During the week-long sporting meet, there are 16 events to be played in the elementary level, 22 events for the secondary, four events for Paralympics and three demo sports that include dance sports, aerobics gymnastics and pencak silat.
Iloilo Sports Complex in Lapaz District will be the playing venues for athletics, badminton, basketball, football (secondary), swimming, table tennis and paragames.
Other events will be played in the following venues: Archery at Pavia National Comprehensive High School; Arnis at Iloilo National High School; Baseball Lapaz Plaza; Billiard at Robinsons Jaro; Boxing at Jaro Plaza Gym; Chess at Girl Scout Council; Futsal at Western Institute of Technology; Sepak Takraw at John B. Lacson Maritime University; Taekwando at Westbridge School; Tennis at Lapaz Plaza (secondary) and NFA Jaro (elementary), Volleyball at University of San Agustin, Sambag Campus (Elementary) and CPU (secondary); wrestling at Gaisano City; Wushu at SM City Iloilo and softball at West Visayas State University.
The demo sports will be held in the following playing venues: Pencak Silat at ISAT –University; Dancesport at the University of San Agustin/WIT; and Gymnastics at Central Philippine University and Pavia NHS.
A parade will commence the 2018 WVRAA. It will start from the Iloilo Provincial Capitol to the Iloilo Sports Complex to be followed by a program at 4 P.M. with DepEd Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo as guest speaker.
Guided by the theme “Stronger Western Visayas: Synergy for Sports Supremacy” this year, the regional meet aims to strengthen the sports activities in the region and to choose the best athletes who will represent Region 6 in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa which will be held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur from April 15 to 21.PIA