For the second year in a row, President Rodrigo R. Duterte made an appearance in the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa.
Duterte came to the Quirino Stadium here on Sunday to declare the 2018 edition of the annual sports meet open.
In his speech, Duterte sees the “Palaro” as an avenue to mold the next generation of innovators not just in sports but in life in general as well.
“More than just a showcase of the Filipino youth’s talents and skills in the field of sports, the Palarong Pambansa serves as a training ground for future leaders and national builders whose values and principles are founded on perseverance, discipline, teamwork, integrity, and love of country,” he said.
He then reiterated that his administration will keep on supporting the national athletes.
“The government remains steadfast in promoting physical education, encouraging sports programs and supporting athletes, especially as they compete in international events,” Duterte continued.
Meanwhile, Lydia De Vega-Mercado was given the Palarong Pambansa Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening rites.
Her daughter Steph, who is set to make a pro volleyball return via expansion club Petro Gazz in the upcoming PVL Reinforced Conference, accepted the award on her behalf. (ISS/PNA)