AROUND 900 kids in Iloilo City supported the Philippine Sports Commission’s “Children’s Games (Sports for Peace)” from Feb. 10 – 11, 2018 at the La Paz district Plaza.
The weekend activities hosted by Iloilo City Mayor Joe III Espinosa and the city government unit were designed for children 9 to 12 years old from the seven districts of Iloilo.
Before the actual event, a Sports Mapping Action Research Talent Identification Program or “SMART ID” was held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Mabini Street, Iloilo City on Feb. 8.and at the La Paz Plaza, Iloilo City on Feb. 9.
The SMART ID program was attended by coaches from Panay and Negros Occodental. Designed to measure and identify their physical and performance related-skills, the program determined their potential and they were placed accordingly on the dedicated sport based on their physical capabilities/strengths.
The “SMART ID” is a database that contains information on athletes that will be used by the PSC and PSI to monitor the progress of aspiring competitors.
In addition, the kids enjoyed the games of basketball, volleyball, chess, athletics, arnis, badminton, karatedo and taekwondo. They also included Filipino indigenous games or parlor games such as Mamita Went to Town, Tumbang Preso, Luksong Lubid, Sipang Bilangan, Karerang Takbo, Karerang Talon, Hula Hoop, Suot Lusot, etc.
PSC included parlor games because they believe reconnecting the children to cultural education is a very essential awareness in engaging in sports.
During the activities, children picked the games they want to play and got a free meal, free transportation and t-shirts all sponsored by the PSC.
“We supported this kind of special event by the PSC as it is a powerful tool for character-building and values formation. Molding the character of children through sports is important in nation-building and it is essential to give children an avenue to participate and enjoy,” Espinosa said.
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