LEGAZPI CITY, March 29 (PNA) -- Hundreds of athletes have arrived in Albay to start the familiarization training for the prestigious Palarong Pambansa set April 10 to 16.
Department of Education (DepEd) Bicol spokesperson Roy Banas said first to arrive were 700 delegates from Region 9 last week followed by participants from Region 8 on Tuesday.
Banas said the bulk of the athletes, teachers and coaches will arrive on the first week of April.
The DedEd is expecting at least 18,000 delegates from the country's 18 regions will converge for the annual sports event designed to discover future sports heroes.
Banas assured that finishing touches being done in some of the facilities, particularly the billeting centers, would not hamper the training of the athletes.
He said playing venues are now 95 percent ready.
The best students athletes around the country will compete archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.
Demonstration sports are billiards, futsal, wrestling and wushu.
Host Bicol region is hoping to improve its 10th place finish in Davao to fifth place.
Last year, the Bicol athletes brought home nine gold, 14 silver and 19 bronze medals. (PNA) JFM/FGS/NIM/CBD