LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Fire trucks pump water into swimming pools, students and officials practice for the opening ceremony, competing student-athletes put in last-minute practices, while visitors take selfies in every corner.
Those are some of the scenes inside the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex on Saturday, April 9, the even of the 59th Palarong Pambansa.
The atmosphere is vibrant and buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the week-long competitions.
Basketball and football have already started while the other sports will commence on Sunday, April 10.
A total of 18 regions – including the newly-formed Negros Island Region – will compete in 21 sports disciplines and will vie for over a thousand medals.
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