The local government of Marikina City has suspended all classes and LGU government offices on Monday, July 31, in the city to give way to the 63rd Palarong Pambansa 2023 Opening Ceremonies as there will be various activities including a parade of participants and athletes. The suspension also gives residents of Marikina the opportunity to enjoy and have fun as they watch the opening activities.
BARMM Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal, minister of MBHTE, arrived the other day to attend the Palarong Pambansa 2023 Opening Ceremony and join the Bangsamoro delegation of 400 members.
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(SDN) — Nearly 300 Bangsamoro athletes will join thousands of student sportsmen in the Palarong Pambansa 2023 hosted by Marikina City which opens on Monday, July 31.
BARMM’s athletes are winners in the May 2023 BARMM Athletic Association (BARMMAA) Regional Games who come from the various schools division office (SDOs) of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE).
In relation with this, MBHTE Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal is now in Marikina for the Palaro Opening Ceremonies on Monday. He expects the BARMM student athletes to be ready for the sporting competition.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said earlier the city is ready for the expected over 9,000 participants in the Palaro Pambansa, or National Games, which started in 1948.
In a prelude to the Palaro, organizers of the national event staged the “Larong Pinoy” games with some BARMM athletes and coaches participating on July 28. They included popular traditional games — “Laro ng Lahi” — such as Patintero, Kadang-Kadang, and Tumbang Preso.
Grouped together in Cluster 1 with Regions 1, 2, and 3, BARMM participants won a Bronze Medal in Patintero.
As this developed, Teodoro through the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO) has extended an open invitation to the public for the Opening Ceremonies.
Activities for the Palaro opening which starts at 1:30 p.m. include a parade of participants from Marikina River Park, dragon boat race (Marikina River), unity dance, concert, fireworks display at the Marikina Sports Center (MSC).
There will be no tickets required for the public who wish to watch and witness the activities.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with Marikina LGU for the Palaro hosting.
Attending public should expect a tight security as the many VIP guests invited include President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., and Vice President and DepEd Secretary Inday Sara Duterte.
Some Bangsamoro government officials, particularly from MBHTE, are also expected to join the opening of Palaro.
“Tara at manuod” (Let’s go and watch), said Teodoro. (✓)