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1:56 pm on 17 December 2022, Saturday
The opening ceremony of the PSC-Batang Pinoy National Championships in Ilocos Sur will be spiced up by none other than Olympic silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio on Saturday, December 17.
The PSC is delighted to have produced the two boxing champions, now well-known sports figures.
Olympic judoka Kiyomi Watanabe and gold medalists at the SEA Games Chloe Isleta, and Mary Allin Aldeguer, are also joining them.
The PSC's main grassroots sports initiative is Batang Pinoy (the National Youth Games).
It aims to heed President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s call to make sports more accessible to all Filipinos. This is PSC providing unparalleled care for Philippine sports at all levels.
Other dignitaries anticipated to attend the opening ceremonies include the governor of the host province, Ilocos Sur, Jeremias "Jerry" Singson, the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, as well as chiefs and officials from various National Sports Associations (NSA).
The province will host over 6,000 competitors from over 140 local government units to compete in nine (9) face-to-face activities, including archery, athletics, badminton, chess, cycling, table tennis, swimming, weightlifting, and obstacle course racing.
Archery at San Ildefonso Central School, badminton at the Ilocos Sur Badminton Center, chess at the Baluarte Function Hall, swimming at the Quirino Stadium, and table tennis at the San Vicente Gym all have their first day of competition.
The PSC Facebook and YouTube platforms will digitally host eight ( sports disciplines, including arnis, dancesport, judo, karate, muay, Pencak silat, taekwondo, and wushu.
This year, the event will also be co-presented by MILO Philippines, Pocari Sweat Otsuka Solar Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Globe Telecom, and Beautéderm.
It will be held in collaboration with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG), and the Department of Education (DepED).