This year’s Philippine National Games was held at the province of Negros Occidental (cities of Bacolod, Bago, Talisay, Silay) last May 22 – 29, 2011. This event is organized by the Philippine Sports Commission – Philippine Olympic Committee (PSC-POC). I heard the whole event had a total budget of almost P30M – that’s huge! so I’m pretty sure the National Games had all the resources at their disposal to make it a successful event.
More than 4,000 athletes participated in various sporting events (about 34 total) including indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. Usually, it is through the National Games that new talents are discovered specially now that we are preparing for the upcoming 26th SEA Games in Indonesia happening this November – I think the Philippines will join the beach volleyball and indoor men’s volleyball event.
The Philippine National Games shall become a yearly national championships for all sports – to assess the expanse of athletic potentials as by-product of your national programs, to serve as the ultimate challenge grounds to bring out the best of the national crop and the emerging ones, and finally, to serve as the final “ranking and selection ground” for possible composition of the national pool, and from which the team for the future international competitions (e.g. SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympics, etc.)
Travel blogger James of JourneyingJames.com covered the week-long event. Here are the official results of the National Games 2011:
Team Globe – Philippine Air Force reigns supreme in Men’s Volleyball
In preparation for the upcoming SEA Games, Team Globe – Philippine Air Force (PAF) headed by team captain Rhovyl Verayo worked hard and succeeded in becoming the champions once more for the 7th time as they defeated Team National Capital Region (composed mostly of UAAP and NCAA standouts) in 3 sets: 25-22, 36-34, 25-20. Verayo was selected as MVP.
Other members of Team Globe-PAF are: Best Setter Jessie Lopez, Dante Alinsunurin, Jeff Malabanan, Reny Balse, Raffy Mosuela, Clarence Esteban, Best Server Mimi Tacurong, Harby Ilano, Ray Karl Dimaculangan, Jimson Merza, and Crisrey Estrada. Head coach Jasper Jimenez was named Best Coach.
Laborte-Bautista tandem wins Gold in Women’s Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball veterans Michelle Laborte and Nerissa Bautista of Team Iloilo Province emerged as champions in the women’s beach volleyball competition. In the men’s beach volleyball, Parley Tupaz and Angelo Espiritu of Team NCR-1 captured Gold. Here are the results:
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Thanks to yearly events like the National Games, Philippine Volleyball is looking very promising once again. I believe we do actually have a wealth of volleyball talents out there waiting to be tapped. Or maybe these volleyball rising stars have already been discovered, and that they just need more support and tournaments to compete in so they can become even more competitive. Let’s hope our Pinoy athletes will do well in the upcoming SEA Games!
Here are some volleyball action video clips during the 2011 National Games I found on YouTube… next page please
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