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  • Aries Camporondo of the Cotabato Region failed to even equal the meet record of 36.12 but he still managed to snatch the gold in the discus throw, elementary boy’s division Western Visayas Region’s Richee Joy Cabanyog and Gilbert Dave Pamplona who registered 28.75 meters and 26.97m finished second and third respectively.

  • Regions VIII and VII garnered their first victories as their candidates won the Mr. and Ms. Palarong Pambansa 2008 titles, respectively, in a pageant held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, April 20.

  • Education Secretary Jesli Lapus Sunday reiterated the value of the Palaro in the development of a holistic person as Mayor Edward Hagedorn of Puerto Princesa said that the Palaro, is the ‘adrenalin’ that further spurs the engine of growth of the city.

  • For the delegates of Palarong Pambansa ’08 who are not familiar with Puerto Princesa City, the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) has put up assistance booths at Mendoza Park and Biochemist Drug along Rizal Avenue from April 22 to 27. The office hopes to address concerns of the public on traffic matters. The booths operate from 9 a.m. to 12 nn and from 2 to 6 p.m.

  • Central Visayas, whose first gold came courtesy of girls\' high school triple jump winner Irin balura, nailed its first title in swimming courtesy of Cebu\'s Loren Dale Echavez, who topped the 400m free in 4:48.20. Calabarzon\'s Jaydee Rose Dalay, took the gold in the elementary girls\' 200m free 2:24.34.

  • NCR’s elementary tankers Fahad Alkhaldi and Denice Veronica Hong snared two golds each to spearhead NCR’s campaign in swimming, where the Big City bets also established two new meet marks.

  • National Capital Region collected 11 golds on the first day of swimming competitions Tuesday, even as four Palarong Pambansa records fell at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Puerto Princesa City.

  • Western Visayas claimed the first gold medal at stake in Palaro 2008 when 18-year-old Sharmaine Joy Bucaling ruled the secondary girls’ javelin throw Monday morning. Bucaling, a native of Dingle, Iloilo, registered a 33.95-m effort to edge Richelda Pepito of the host region with her 32.09 throw and Jancell Candelaria of Bicol (31.86).

  • PUERTO PRINCESA: The Department of Education’s budget for this year’s Palarong Pambansa nearly reached a hundred million. DepEd will be shelling out P89.2 million for the games proper alone. Add that to the P9.5 million for the transportation and accommodation expenses of the participating regions and the grand total will be P98.7 million.

  • PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The 2008 Palarong Pambansa will have Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz representing President Arroyo as special guest during the opening ceremonies tomorrow and former President Joseph Estrada personally gracing the closing rites as speaker.

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