TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The grand opening of the Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet this year was a blast as renowned sports personalities inspired athletes and coaches at the Cagayan Sports Complex on Friday, February 23.
“People’s Champ” and Senator Manny Pacquiao and Volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez urged the more than 4,000 athletes to pursue their dreams in spite of difficulties.
Pacquiao related his hardships before he became a world champion.
“Kung nakita niyo lang ako noong teenager pa lang ako, siguradong hindi ninyo maisip na ako magiging world boxing champion at magiging senador,” Pacquiao said.
The senator added that the athletes could do better, even saying that the next Philippine Olympian could be among them.
“I want you to listen to this: Posibleng kayo ay magiging world-class athletes; posibleng isa sa inyo ang susunod na boxing champion; posibleng nandito ang mga magiging gold medalist sa Southeast Asian Games o kaya sa Olympics! With God, all things are possible,” he added.
He also told athletes to remember three things: discipline, focus, and resilience.
As the chairman of the Senate committee on sports, Pacquiao said he will push for the “advancement of our sports programs from the grassroots to national level, as well as the improvement of our sports facilities.”
“In closing, let me encourage everyone to go ahead and compete with the right perspective: beat your own personal records; rise above your limitations; learn from your mistakes; rise from your failures; celebrate your success; remain humble in victory; and above all, glorify God in everything that you do,” Pacquiao said.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Valdez, who led the Oath of Sportsmanship, wished good luck to athletes, telling them that she also was once a delegation of sports meet when she was in high school.
In an interview, Valdez said, “To all the athletes who are going to compete in CAVRAA, good lucks and always keep dreaming. I mean, I came also from where you guys are at right now.”
“Don’t stop believing in yourself,” Valdez added. -Northernforum.net