Senatorial aspirant Pia S. Cayetano welcomed the reintroduction of the country’s indigenous sports in this year’s Palarong Pambansa, which will be held in Davao starting April 27.
The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that the 2019 Palarong Pambansa will showcase “Larong Pinoy” as a side activity in the national sporting event.
It aims to strengthen and revive traditional Pinoy games like kadang-kadang, patintero, hilahang lubid, and karera ng sako.
“Natutuwa ako na mapo-promote natin ang larong Pinoy sa Palarong Pambansa. This is a good stepping stone to encourage the youth to be into sports,” Cayetano stressed.
“Ang interes ng kabataang Pilipino sa sports ay kadalasang nag-uumpisa naman talaga sa mga larong Pinoy,” she added.
The former student-athlete shared that her interest in sports also started with playing Pinoy games at a young age. She said such activities developed her fundamental sports skills.
“Once you start to develop skills like hand-eye coordination, you will also begin to develop advanced skills in other sports,” she said.
The congresswoman also encouraged Filipino parents to continue supporting their children to play sports in order to teach them the importance of discipline and teamwork.
Cayetano, who is running for re-election in the upcoming Senatorial polls, competed at the Palarong Pambansa as a student, where she played for the National Capital Region girls volleyball team.
She is a known advocate of sports and the youth sector in Congress, having passed laws that give benefits to young Filipino athletes like the Student-Athlete Protection Act (Republic Act 10676). #