Successful National PRISAA hosting a priority for Region 11
May 17, 2019 - Friday 1:05 PM by Romeo Braceros
Region 11 is prioritizing a successful staging of the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) meet over an overall championship in the games featuring some of the top athletes from private schools around the Philippines.
National PRISAA president Ma. Lita Montalban said the overall championship will always be a goal for Region 11. However, as hosts, the top priority this year is to make sure Davao City’s staging of the games will be a success.
“Last year, we finished second in high school and third in college,” Montalban said.
Guesting before the weekly Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Annex of SM City Davao, Montalban said she is hopeful that venue familiarity and homecourt advantage will come to the advantage of Region 11 athletes in the coming games to give them a better chance at toppling defending champion Cebu.
Montalban said some 7,000 athletes and coaches from 16 regions in the Philippines will join the tournament this year.
She said it has long been the dream of the local PRISAA office for Davao City to host the national meet.
"Finally after years of waiting we can host the national PRISAA meet," Montalban said.
The PRISAA president said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairman Leobardo de Veyra, and Department of Education (DepEd) officials will grace the formal opening of the PRISAA meet on May 19 at 3 p.m. at the University of Mindanao rubberized track oval in Matina, Davao City.
Boy Santos, the secretary general of PRISAA said almost all of the 19 sports events will be held in the city except for swimming and beach volleyball which will be held in Tagum City.
"The swimming and beach volleyball will be held in Tagum City because they have the facilities there," Santos said.
Santos said eight-ball and nine-ball billiards have been added this year as demonstration sports.
"If the billiards competition will have more entries we will make it as a regular sport," he said.
Moreover, Montalban said they are already 95 percent ready for the staging of the national PRISAA meet.
"The security and billeting quarters for the PRISAA meet is now in place," she said.
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