1500 athletes, coaches join in 2012 ZPRAA meet in Dapitan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2012 16:31

DAPITAN CITY —The weeklong 2012 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) formally opened yesterday at the 10-hectare P100 million Jose Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in thisc city with this year’s theme: “Bridging the Gap Through Games of Peace and Unity in the Shrine City”.
Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Walter Albos said about 1,500 athletes and coaches from the public and private elementary and secondary schools are set to participate from the eight schools divisions in the region like Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolog City, Pagadian City, Dapitan City, Isabela City and Zamboanga City.

Athletes will compete in various sports events including track and field, volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis, swimming, gymnastics, chess, little league base ball, sepak takraw and boxing.

The formal opening of  ZPRAA started at 2:30 p.m. with a grand parade which was followed by the formal declaration of the weeklong sports competition and some cultural presentation. The venue,  the Jose Rizal Memorial State University Sports Complex,  is the same venue where the National Palarong Pambansa was held last year.

As this developed, Last March 2, the City Government of Dapitan City finally transferred its venue of governance from the Old historical City Hall which is just across the city square to the modern, elegant and unique work of architecture Government Center located in Barangay Dawo and just near the Polo Bridge, an edifice so dominating as if to welcome all the guests and visitors entering the Shrine City of the Philippines.

According to Dapitan City Councilor and Tourism Council Chairman Apple Marie Agolong, the transfer was preceeeded by a mass and blessing followed by a program and a celebration in every office.

Visitors were welcomed to eat and partake all the foods that were served. It was a well attended affair from all over Zamboanga del Norte and the neighboring municipalities, cities and provinces.

Furthermore, Dapitan City in its bid to become a major tourist destination of the country continues to find ways and means to live up to its name, The Shrine City of the Philippines where all the historical landmarks, remnants of the sacred past and glory are being restored and preserved.

“When tourists visit Dapitan, he or she  should make it sure to come back 6 months later to find another edifice worthy of being appreciated with awe,” said Councilor Agolong.

Meanwhile, tourist landmarks in Dapitan City include the Rizal Park and Shrine, The Punto de Desembarco de Rizal en Dapitan, Relief Map of Mindanao, City Square, Old Auditorium, Saint James The Greater Church, Lourdes Grotto, Ilihan Hill Fortress, Adasa Ancestral House, Gloria de Dapitan, Fantasyland, Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Selinog Island and Aliguay Island.

Agolong said Dapitan City is a gem waiting for everyone to be discovered. — AMS