VLOG: Palarong Pambansa 2013 closing ceremonies

Palaro Pambansa marks the end of the 2013 games with closing ceremonies.

 GAMES OVER. The Palarong Pambansa stages its closing ceremonies for 2013. Photo by Devon Wong

DUMAGUETE, Philippines – The Palaro 2013 games are officially winding down with the closing ceremonies marking the end of another successful year.

It’s no surprise that NCR comes out on top again this year, with Western Visayas and Central Visayas coming in second and third, but there were great stories of underdogs overcoming the odds too like the Central Visayas secondary boys basketball team upsetting NCR in the finals, or comebacks like Marylyn Avila cinching gold for the 400m individual hurdles.

It’s been a tough week for athletes fighting through their events, but the overall message of this year’s Palaro is of peace and unity. The Department of Education made special efforts to encourage more interactions between regions off the field this year, including holding a peace summit with members from each delegation to help promote peace through sports.

Organizers hope that athletes take away more than just their medals this year and realize that these games only exist through working together for a common purpose.  Until next year at Palaro.

Devon Wong, Rappler, Dumaguete.

– Rappler.com

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