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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Imported from Taiwan, air-conditioned and having a seating capacity of 50 persons, the region of Central Visayas provided their own service vehicle that they also used in lugging their portabeds and other supplies for the event.

  • “Excellent Marking” This was the comment of the Athletic Manager of Region 3 delegation, Mr. Guillermo C. Bognot, on the accommodation given to them by their host school, Francisco Ubay Elementary School for this Palaro. Also he commented that our city mayor was the ‘most hospitable city mayor’ in which the said comment goes also to mayor’s staff.

  • The CALABARZON delegation is confident enough that their delegation is very well-prepared for the said event just to make a tighter grip on their current standing or to make it climb higher. “We’re strong!” Mr. Rogello Talag, co-chair and transportation officer of CALABARZON, cried out confidently boosting their team spirit.