Thursday, April 7, 2016

Legazpi City all set for Palarong Pambansa 2016
By Desiree Balmes

LEGAZPI CITY, April 7 (PNA) -- After one year of preparation, the City of Legazpi is now prepared for the holding of the Palarong Pambansa 2016, which starts on Sunday, a city official said, assuring an excellent stay for the games participants and guests.

"Marunong mag-entertain ang mga Bikolano (Bicolanos know how to entertain)," said Antonio Reyes Jr., head of the City Tourism Services Unit, as he shared his opinion on why Region V was chosen to host the Palarong Pambansa this year.

Reyes said about 20,000 delegates are expected to come to Albay and that 99 percent of hotels and other billeting facilities in Legazpi have already either been occupied or reserved for the event.

Three regions are now in Legazpi.

The Region XI (Davao) delegation is expected to arrive Thursday and will stay at the Bagumbayan Central School while Region V will stay at the Bicol University compound in this city.

Reyes said the new region, the Negros Island Region (NIR), is also a participant of this year's Palarong Pambansa.

He assured that Legazpi City is safe in terms of security concerns for holding the big event.

Palarong Pambansa will start with a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday with President Benigno S. Aquino III as the invited guest of honor.

The games in the Palarong Pambansa will officially start on Monday.(PNA) JMC/FGS/DESIREE BALMES-OJT/CBD