LEGAZPI CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- Sports are responsible for transforming not only the lives of the athletes but also the communities, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said.
"We can transform communities and cascade to the K-12 program and I do believe that this gathering for our Palarong Pambansa will be the catalyst for our country to look forward to in making this nation," Rosal added in his welcome message on Sunday afternoon during the opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex inside the Bicol University compound in Daraga, Albay.
Welcoming all athletes and delegates from 18 regions, including the newly-created Negros Island Region, he said he believed that all are excited for the week-long event which will cater to the greatness of the Filipino.
"Let us treasure this moment, fellow Albayos, Bicolanos -- for this only comes once in our life but what is important is we have done our best in hosting this very important sport occasion in our country, I would like to wish all the participants, all the regions, good luck in your events and may the best team win, and let us always be of importance to everyone," the mayor of the City of Fun and Adventure said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/SSC