Palaro 2015 - updates

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Floating pool future of PH swimming

May 12, 2015 - 1:30 AM

A former national swimmer turned coach and his 57 strong pool of trainees are looking to shape the future of Philippine swimming

FUTURE. A young swimming-trainee gets ready to dive to the floating swimming pool. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

What will it take to eventually beat NCR at Palaro?

May 11, 2015 - 6:45 AM

NCR has been Palaro’s champions in the last decade They have yet to relinquish their hold of overall champion of the games since 2005

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2015 closing ceremony

May 10, 2015 - 10:36 PM

See photos of the elaborate final event for Palarong Pambansa 2015

Men from the 10th Infantry Division go sky-high in thanking everyone for taking part in the best Palaro ever.

Palarong Pambansa standouts never lose sight of mother's love

May 10, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Joy Ramos Diamante whose 4 children are all standout athletes discusses a mother s role in raising student athletes

Jed (L) and Jelli (R) with their mother Joy Ramos Diamante. Her other two sons are football standouts at DLSU. Photo by Mars Alison

Palaro MVP Yu eager to bring leadership to UE

May 09, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Fran Yu is excited to bring his brand of playmaking and leadership from the Palarong Pambansa to the UAAP

LEADERSHIP. Fran Yu, seen here receiving his Palaro 2015 MVP award is excited to showcase his playmaking and leadership in a Red Warrior uniform. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

For Davao Eagle, silver glitters like gold

May 09, 2015 - 7:52 PM

This silver medal is more than gold because it brings with it the things I learned and my experiences in the Palaro says Davao s Carla Dizon

Davao Eagle Carla Dizon is presented with an award by Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario. Photo by Christine Cudis/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Palarong Pambansa 2015 closing ceremony

May 09, 2015 - 2:45 PM

Livestream of the closing ceremony of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

GRAND CEREMONY. The 2015 Palarong Pambansa is expected to have a grand closing ceremony. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Champs again: NCR outlasts Davao to regain Palaro volley title

May 09, 2015 - 2:33 PM

National Capital Region reclaims the title it lost last year after eking out a nail biting 21 25 25 16 25 16 19 25 18 16 victory over a gritty Davao Eagles side

The NCR Girls' Volleyball team takes down Davao Region in a thrilling 5-set match. Photo by Christine Cudis/Rappler

Calabarzon spikers dethrone Central Visayas in elementary volleyball

May 09, 2015 - 2:27 PM

They’re very hard to beat and we’re both strong But our hearts brought us here says Calabarzon team captain Tanya Narciso

ALL WINNERS. Calabarzon (Red) shares the glory with fellow volley belles 1st runner-up Central Visayas (yellow) during the awarding ceremony. Photo by Geri Ianna Pedere/ Rappler

Western Visayas escapes NCR in finals shootout thriller

May 09, 2015 - 1:52 PM

The close final football match vs NCR and Western Visayas went down to a shootout with Region 6 emerging victorious

VICTORY AND DEFEAT. A Western Visayas player walks off the pitch overjoyed while the NCR player drops to his knees after losing. Photo by Elaine Magistrado/Rappler

Cancer survivor becomes a bemedalled gymnast

May 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4 Daniela dela Pisa thought she had no future in sports But her spirit was stronger than the disease

IN VINES: NCR returns to Palaro hoops glory

May 09, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Highlights in Vines of the secondary boys championship match between NCR and Central Luzon at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. NCR is back on top of Palarong Pambansa basketball. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Badminton finals (Palaro 2015)

May 09, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The Badminton finals of Palarong Pambansa 2015 in photos

Team Soccsksargen soars to deliver a powerful smash towards the opposing team. Photo by Elaine Majistrado/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Football (Palarong Pambansa 2015)

May 09, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Livestream of the football finals of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

NCR reclaims Palaro hoops crown with rout of Central Luzon

May 09, 2015 - 9:44 AM

NCR composed primarily of cagers from Chiang Kai Shek College cruises to the championship against Central Luzon

RECLAIMED. NCR wins Palarong Pambansa 2015 secondary boys basketball vs Central Luzon. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

LIVE: Volleyball (Palarong Pambansa 2015)

May 09, 2015 - 8:42 AM

Livestream of the volleyball finals of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

Mimaropa defends crown in HS girls' tennis doubles

May 09, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Region IV B smashers Alexa Santos and Khyshana Hitosis win a tight game against Davao Eagles Shaira Rivera and Rachel Velez

ALMOST THERE. Davao's Shaira Rivera and Rachel Velez fail to clinch gold at the secondary girls tennis doubles. They wait another year for a chance to dethrone Mimaropa. Photo by Geri Ianna Pedere/Rappler

Palaro transformer: Pulot girl to tennis player

May 08, 2015 - 6:34 PM

From pulot girl to tennis player Mikaela Javier uses the sport to help her family

TRANSFORMER. Mikaela Javier transforms from 'pulot' girl to tennis player. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

NCR dethrones Calabarzon, clinches finals berth in HS basketball

May 08, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Manila based squad frustrates the offensive weapons of Calabarzon with its sticky defense applying a full court press for most of the second half

SWEET REVENGE. NCR off-guard Fran Louie Yu carries his team to oust Calabarzon. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

Negros Occidental badminton players hope to bring home glory

May 08, 2015 - 3:51 PM

For their final Palarong Pambansa stint Amica Duay and Kerr Longno want to make the entire Western Visayas proud

HOMETOWN PRIDE. Amica Duay (left most) and Kerr Longno (wearing hoodie), stand with their coaches as they hope to make Western Visayas proud in their last Palaro stint. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

High jumper wins gold in Palaro debut

May 08, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Mark Matthew Operario an incoming grade 11 student clears the 3 60 meter chocking over his rivals from 17 regions across the country

AIM HIGH. National Capital Region's Mark Operario makes his winning pole vault feat. Photo by Jumar dela Cruz/ Rappler

NCR footballers eager to face former Cebu teammates

May 08, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Cebu natives Nikki Canonigo and Gamay Arranguez who represent NCR in Palaro are eager to face former teammates

COMRADES. Dominique Canonigo (L) and Mark Joseph Arranguez (R) with their former Pomeroy teammate, CVIRAA's Bertram Musni (C). Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

Western Visayas nips Central Luzon in come-from-behind win

May 08, 2015 - 12:18 PM

Teamwork pushes Western Visayas to win over Central Luzon in goalball

TEAMWORK. Western Visayas’ Edgardo Amisola blocks the ball to maintain the deadlock. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

Davaoeña wrestler vows comeback in next Palaro

May 08, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Learning from her defeat Vienne Sophia Huyuh from Davao Region says she will double her effort to win a gold medal in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

STRUGGLE. Davao Region’s Vienne Sophia Huyuh strives to break free from the opponent’s grapple. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Taekwondo (Palarong Pambansa 2015)

May 08, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Livestream of the Taekwondo events from the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

NCR veteran softballl pitcher discovers new family in Palaro 2015

May 08, 2015 - 11:27 AM

NCR s Kevyn Lacson plays with her rivals in the National Capital Region but she still manages to get along

HOME. NCR's Kevyn Lacson manages to feel at home despite not playing with her regular teammates. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Palaro Beach Volleyball

May 08, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Introduced as a demo sport Davao del Norte proposes to make beach volleyball a regular fixture of Palarong Pambansa

DavNor attempts to score, as the Davao Region jumps high for the defense. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Central Luzon female cagers head to semis

May 08, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Central Luzon is set to face the defending champion of of girls secondary basketball the National Capital Region

SWIFT DRIVE. Central Luzon’s Joyce Ramirez (center) breaks the defense of her guard. Photo by Harley Aglosolos/Rappler

After Palaro, what’s next for DavNor?

May 07, 2015 - 8:42 PM

The host of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa boasts of a very comprehensive sports program which they think can continually develop their athletes for future competitions

"With the right utilisation of facilities and planning, the Palarong Pambansa 2015 is going to be the best Palaro by far", says Sofionas Gabonada, Jr, assistant provincial administrator of Davao del Norte. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Baguio City volleybelle walks her talk in Palaro

May 07, 2015 - 8:41 PM

Mary Ann Atuban says the maturity and sense of responsibility she gained in Palaro matter most

Mary Ann Atuban, 15, regards her Palaro experience a significant one; she says this event helps her in becoming more responsible as part of growing up. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Western Visayas defends elem Discus Throw gold

May 07, 2015 - 8:01 PM

Discus thrower Peter Petipet Jr beats his personal best but fails to break the Palaro record set by National Capital Region in 2005

WINNER. Peter Petipet Jr beats his personal best as Western Visayas rules the boys elementary Discus Throw event. Photo by Junmar dela Cruz/DepEd/Rappler

Palaro track and field champion running for better life

May 07, 2015 - 7:29 PM

Wake up in the morning eat breakfast train go to school train some more This is Alexis Soqueño s routine as he runs to a better life

SPORTSMANSHIP. Western Visayas' runner Alexis Soqueño raises the hand of his competitors. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Southern Mindanao's taekwondo jin refuses to give up

May 07, 2015 - 6:09 PM

9 year old Joy Geraldine Timbal s opponent lands a strong kick that sends her to the mat Like a true warrior Timbal stood up to continue the fight

NEVER SAY DIE. 9-year-old Joy Timbal (R) displays a never say die attitude in this taekwondo match. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

ARMM football team learns to dream through sports

May 07, 2015 - 5:08 PM

A neophyte in Palarong Pambansa the team has also participated in the Philippine Marines Football for Peace program

Late bloomer big man of Central Luzon has PBA dreams

May 07, 2015 - 3:40 PM

6 foot 8 La Salle recruit Jeremiah Pangalangan is still developing his game but his size could help his case of making it to the PBA

SIZE ADVANTAGE: Standing 6'8" tall, 16-year-old Jeremiah Pangalangan is already taller than some big men in the PBA. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Adopted gymnast blossoms into gold medalist

May 07, 2015 - 3:16 PM

Given up for adoption at birth Palarong Pambansa’s most bemedalled rhythmic gymnast refused to let her past define her future

GRACEFULNESS. Arielle Orella, given up at birth, makes the most of the opportunity presented to her. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Davao booter stands out in sports and academics

May 07, 2015 - 1:11 PM

Darius Joseph Jed Diamante learns to manage his time as he aspires to be both an engineer and an Azkal

ACHIEVER. Jed Diamante, seen here with his mother, stands out in both football and in school. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

NCR football boys barge into quarter finals

May 07, 2015 - 12:29 PM

After tallying huge winning margins in their last two games the Quezon City based squad opens the floodgates right from the first whistle netting in 12 goals from 5 different players

MASTERMIND. NCR coach Kim Chul Su, popularly known as 'Master Kim,' gives instructions to his players during the match. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

Bago city native bags gold in high jump event

May 07, 2015 - 12:03 PM

Western Visayas Shenny Enero dedicates the win to her family and her coach

SOAR. Shenny Enero clears the 1.43 meter bar to bag gold for Western Visayas. Photo by Saimehen Iluis/Rappler

NCR takraw star player shines in Palaro debut

May 06, 2015 - 9:58 PM

NCR s Jhonien Khy Dizon shines in her sepak takraw Palaro debut but it s not the only thing she excels at

BRIGHT SMILE. Jhonien Khy Dizon greets her opponents with a smile after the match. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Cagayan Valley tankers defy lack of training facilities

May 06, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Our province only has one swimming pool Most of the time we train in rivers and seas says high school swimmer Roselle Raquiño

Photo by Christine Cudis/ Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Basketball (Palarong Pambansa 2015)

May 06, 2015 - 5:37 PM

Livestream of the Basketball events from the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

HIGHLIGHTS: Swimming (Palarong Pambansa 2015)

May 06, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Livestream of the Swimming events from the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

DavNor athlete finally bags gold in tennis in 5th Palaro stint

May 06, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Christian Lopez plans to achieve more success on the tennis courts of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines UAAP where he will represent the University of Sto Tomas

FUTURE TIGER. Christian Lopez looks forward to his next challenge - competing the University Athletics Association of the Philippines. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/ Rappler

ARMM athletes find peace in Palaro 2015

May 06, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Escaping the chaos of their home region the sepak takraw team of ARMM hopes to bring back and share the camaradie they picked up at Palaro

FOCUSED. The ARMM Sepak Takraw girls focus as a team. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

PalaRomance: Davao wrestlers become best friends after break-up

May 06, 2015 - 3:53 PM

While the two have ended their relationship the 2 athletes promise to support each other all the way

LOVERS TURNED FRIENDS. Davao wrestlers Anthony Bulan and Lendy Blair Namoc talk about their 3-month relationship. Photo by Christine Cudis/ Rappler

First palaro gold medalist overcomes adversities

May 06, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Christian Capasao of Western Visayas gets through the loss of his father and an injury before bagging the first gold of Palarong Pambansa 2015

FIRST GOLD. Western Visayas' Christian Capasao poses wearing the fist gold medal of Palarong Pambansa 2015. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Tagum City businesses boom in Palaro’s wake

May 06, 2015 - 11:44 AM

For many local businesses Palarong Pambansa is a chance to earn extra: with various establishments like malls restaurants and inns enjoying most of the swell

COOLING DOWN. A grade school baller quenches his thirst with buko juice from a local vendor. Photo by Edwin Gutierrez Jr/ Rappler

NCR clobbers Zamboanga Peninsula in men's HS basketball

May 06, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Coming off a resounding 84 67 victory over Mimaropa the National Capital Region boys secondary basketball team remains unbeaten as it wins 75 35 against Zamboanga Peninsula

POUND IT INSIDE. NCR wingman Denielle Scott Aying barrels his way through defenders to get enough space inside the paint. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler