TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- As the 2018 Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet comes to an end, Department of Education 02 Regional Director Estela Cariño challenged qualifiers of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa to do their best to raise the region’s standing.
With the #RehiyongDalawaNangunguna, Cariño encouraged athletes to increase the number of gold medals for Cagayan Valley.
“So that if our place last Palarong Pambansa was number 11, probably we can jump to number five [or] number six. Of course, we will not yet dream for number 1 but anything is possible. As they say, when you dream, dream high!” Cariño said in her closing speech on Thursday, March 1.
As her third year as director, Cariño also reminded athletes in attendance that, in every competition, there is a winner and a loser. Yet, she gave another challenge to athletes aside from representing the region in Palaro.
“The challenge that I would like to give to the champions, especially to my DepEd family and to the students, it is always to translate championship into something that will benefit the lives of our people, our community, and of course, our country as a whole,” she said.
The regional director also told delegates, as they prepare to go back to their host divisions, to be responsible citizens.
Similar to her remarks during the solidarity meeting, Cariño said delegates should not forget to apply what they have learned in school and in life.
“Let us not separate curriculum with sports… I always appreciate this sports activity that puts together everyone, even politicians, regardless of party,” she earlier said.
In the start of CAVRAA meet, Cariño also called for unity among participants of the annual meet, despite representing different divisions in the competition.
She said CAVRAA’s aim to form one team which will be able to compete for the region in the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur this April.
Meanwhile, overall champion Cagayan’s winning coach Edwin Tagal told reporters in a press briefing that the region would benefit from higher funding and support from local and provincial governments, aside from intense training. Northernforum.net