CITY OF MALOLOS – Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez and Philippine Paralympic Committee and Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) President Michael Barredo together with Bulacan officials formally opened the 7th PSC-PHILSPADA National Para Games 2019 at the Bulacan Sports Complex in this city, Sunday afternoon.
Addressing more than 1,200 differently abled athletes from all over the country along with their coaches and officials, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando welcomed the crowd to the Province of Bulacan, and acknowledged the importance of every citizen regardless of differences.
“Para sa ating mga PWD umasa po kayo nandyan ang gobyerno para kayo ay kalingain, bigyan ng mataas na pagtingin, sapagkat napakahalaga po ng inyong papel sa lipunang ito. Hindi po hadlang ang inyong kapansanan para maging kaagapay ng gobyerno sa pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan,” Fernando said.
Bulacan PWDs Team Queenie Manio and Richard Domingo and the Philippine Paralympic Team Sander Severino and Erwin Gawilan led the torch relay and lighting of cauldron, while the Oath of Sportsmanship and the Oath of Officiating Officials were led by Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, a member of Philippine Paralympic Team, and Vernon Tereya, head coach of The Philippine Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Congressman Jose Antonio ‘Kuya Jonathan’ R. Sy-Alvarado of the 1st District of Bulacan and representative of Gov. Wihelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said, “Hindi hadlang ang kapansanan upang gumawa ng mga kagila-gilalas na bagay sa ating mundo, baka nga mahigitan pa ninyo ang mga kayang gawin ng isang taong walang kapansanan”.
Ramirez, the event’s guest speaker, expressed his gratefulness and respect to the differently abled people, seeing them work their best every day despite their situation made him realize how blessed he is and that as a public servant, he should be more steadfast on the job that he’s committed with, for the people, especially for the PWDs.
He then shared to the public one of his memorable talks with President Rodrigo Duterte in which they will make sports accessible to the outlying or those who live far away, the less fortunate, and the differently abled.
Moreover, the Philippine Paralympic Movement wanted to push the vision of enabling the Filipino para-athletes to achieve sporting excellence, inspire, and excite the Filipino people and the rest of the world.
Barredo as their forefront left the participants an empowering message as he concluded his speech with, “to flaunt your abilities, and not your disabilities”.
After the program, a fireworks display was shown despite the weather courtesy by the multi-awarded Dragon Fireworks followed by the Governor’s Night to celebrate the event.
The five-day tournament from May 27-31, 2019 is composed of 14 sports events including para athletics, para swimming, table tennis, para powerlifting, badminton, chess, goalball, judo, wheelchair basketball, boccia, archery, tenpin bowling, sitting volleyball and demo-cycling, which will be held in different venues namely Bulacan Sports Complex, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City Walk Sports Center, Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Paradise Bowling Center and Guiguinto Municipal Athletic and Cultural Center .