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Catigbian shares credit for provincial meet success

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (9 February) -- AFTER A SUCCESSFUL hosting of the five days Provincial athletic meet February 4-8, Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas humbly did not want to go solo on the spotlight.

In fact, he was too quick to credit his performance team, constituents, school authorities under the Department of Education (DepEd) and the town's allied sponsors for the resounding success of the 2008 Bohol athletic meet.

Bruised but not totally lost after the draining activities, Salinas pointed out that hosting the game was a big investment opportunity he would never have missed for the town.

"Hosting the Provincial Meet for 2008 is an opportunity for the Catigbianons to share the town's vision of peace, unity and development," he said.

Citing the town's new facilities, the mayor who has apparently kept his leading charisma as a retired navy captain admitted, "we would never be able to put up the facilities had we not dared ourselves to do it."

Himself also a daring entrepreneur, Salinas said putting up the facilities alone could mean so much to the bustling town.

Salinas also pulled a trick still unequalled last week when, four days before the main event, he rallied his people to lay the green carpet of Bermuda grass on the newly paved ground to formally transform the 70,000 square feet ground into the official athletics venue.

On the other hand, Vice Mayor Necita Digaum agreed that the preparations enabled the town to put their best foot forward to inspire each other to success.

"All the smiles we saw from Catigbianons since day one told us that we are indeed happy to serve all athletes and visitors."

Considering that the meet was the only the third hosted by a town, Catigbian should be making history, a DepEd official bared.

He said aside from Catigbian, only Valencia and Buenavista have hosted the out of town meets other than Tagbilaran City.

And when the games' broadcast system died down and the dust settled, Team Unit III of Bohol's third Congressional District as expected scored a sweet sweep relegating hosts Unit I the third place overall in the athletic arena of five competing teams.

Unit III took the top dais for the elementary and secondary divisions, enough to be justly called the team to beat as the games pick up again next year.

Official final results by points showed that Unit 3 scored a total of 693 points closely followed by Unit 2 with 647 points.

Unit 1 rendered a lackluster third place with 373 points while BACS 1 scored 281 to settle for fourth overall.

According to DepEd tabulations at the closing ceremonies, as certified by chief recorder Alberto Mangaron, Units 3 topped the medals tally while Units 2 and 1 emerged as first and second runners up respectively in the elementary division.

In the Secondary division, Unit 3 also claimed the championship trophy.

Unit 2 and Unit V capped the first and second runners up. The Bohol Association of Catholic Schools I represented Unit 5.

In his address to the sports meet organizers and athletic trainors he urged them to sustain the athletes training and not just cram it up on the few days before the competitions.

For the athletes, he said much of the excellence can be had by training even as he batted for the resolve to aim to pursue perfection.

With the hosting experience, much talk has been circulating about another big sporting event within the year. And with the reports, as the town awaits the completion of its new covered gymnasium, what could possibly make the local leaders say no? (PIA) [top]

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