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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Marikina to host national games for differently abled persons in February

MARIKINA CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The city government of Marikina will be hosting this year’s Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSPADA) National Games on February 3 to 6, 2012 at the Marikina Sports Park.

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said the hosting of the game is to show the city’s support to athletes with disabilities.

“We are giving them the opportunity to show their skills as well as to prove that they can also excel in their chosen sports,” De Guzman said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum in Manila.

The local chief executive also invited the public to watch the games to show support to the athletes at the same time, encourage families with disabled children to let them compete in sports.

According to PhilSPADA, the differently abled athletes will be competing in different kinds of target, water and ball sports like wheelchair basketball, volleyball, and many more.

Meanwhile, PhilSPADA President Michael Barredo said the tournament aims to give differently abled persons a chance to compete in tournaments like professional athletes.

The Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled- National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (PhilSPADA-NPC) is a national sports association for people with disabilities tasked to spearhead all activities related to sports and physical fitness of Filipino persons with disability.

The said tournament is organized by the PhilSPADA-NPC in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. (Marikina-PIO/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)

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