Thursday, February 04, 2010

ARMM opens 1st regional solidarity games

The acting governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Ansaruddin Adiong, hands over to a student a certificate of scholarship grant as Secretary Norma Sharief, of the ARMM Commission on Higher Education looks and two other officials look during the opening of the 1st Regional Solidarity Games, Academic and Cultural Events Competitions in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. (Photo by Ali Macabalang)

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / February 4, 2010) – The Commission on Higher Education in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao opened its first regional solidarity games, academic and cultural events competitions in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, officials said Thursday.

More than a dozen of the region’s higher educational institutions participated in the four-day events which began on Wednesday, said Ali Macabalang, the ARMM’s public information chief.

He said acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Adiong led the opening of the competitions which also coincided with the awarding of scholarship grants to each of the 117 towns in the five-province Muslim autonomous region.

The grant is part of the so-called “One Scholar, One Town” program of the CHED-ARMM.

“Governor Adiong has urged participating students to harness their sports and academic prowess to be able to achieve brighter prospects. He cited the current emergence of Filipino sportsmen like Manny Pacquiao in the global scene and that this should stimulate the students to strive hard. Your successes in sports and academic endeavors would mean the success of our region at least,” Macabalang quoted the ARMM chief executive as saying.

Macabalang said the categories of the games cover badminton, chess, table tennis, karate, lawn tennis, swimming, tae kwon do for individual player; and basketball, baseball, football, softball, sepak tekraw and volleyball for team players.

While the cultural category includes awit-saya, tipa at tugtugan (solo instrument), likh-awit (song-writing), ginoo at binibining pamantasan (school pageant) for individual player; awit-saya for duet, sayawitan (sing and dance choir) sayaw-Pinoy (Filipino creative folk-ethnic dance) for group players.

He said the winners in the competitions will represent the ARMM to the national competition which will be held in Manila from February 23-29. The academic category covers impromptu speech, oration, poetry interpretation, story-telling, science quiz, math quiz and computer quiz for individuals, and public debate for groups. (Merlyn Manos, Mark Navales and Becky de Asis contributed to this report)

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