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‘Betty’ sways-in early rains; but sun shines on Palarong BARMAA 2023

SPORTS • 19:00 PM Sat May 27, 2023
Nash B. Maulana
An arnis player displays the timing skills at performing a series of body upside-down thumbling and calibrated beatings with a pair of his arnis wooden rods. MBHTE Photo

COTABATO CITY – Early morning rains did not stop athletes from warming up for the second day, Saturday of the regional sports competition at the (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association) events here.

Palarong BARMMAA started with a late Thursday afternoon parade, a long queue from the city plaza to the Cotabato State University (CSU) grounds here.

By weekend, everyone prayed for a high-ground course off to virgin forests landfall for forecast super typhoon Betty (International Name: Mawar)—if only to keep high spirits in the youthful athletes competing here for the Palarong BARMMAA.

Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim welcomed in sheer jubilation the athletes and their 11-division delegations from five provinces, three cities and the 63-barangay Special Geographic Area (SGA) of the BARMM. Ebrahim recalled that he graduated high school in about the same platform where he delivered his welcome address honoring the sports delegation.

In all, around 7,000 athletes compete for the best in the Palarong BARMAA events that also include Arnis, Sirat Karambit and Sepak Takraw.

The athletes have come all the way from Basilan, Lamitan City, Cotabato City, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal said sports development is one of the “most important part of education,’ as it helps “develop, psychological, intellectual mental and physical upbringing of the youth,” adding that “sports is an activity of discipline. Being part of the overall education, we have made sports as one of the most important activity of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)” in BARMM.

Early Medal Tallies

From the early tallies of medals standing, Tawi-Tawi early won three gold medals for the elementary boys, secondary boys and secondary girls in the 1,500-meter track-and-field at the Cotabato State University vast track-and-field ground here.

Maguindanao first division had won one gold medal for elementary girls. Maguindanao second division; and Maguindanao first division had one bronze medal each for the elementary category.

Cotabato City won the gold for elementary boys, and a gold medal also went to Lanao del Sur for high school girls.

Team Tawi-Tawi won their first gold medal for the secondary girls in the 3,000-meter run and for the secondary boys in the 5,000 meter track-and-field

Manilyn Muloc, a Grade 7 Student of Pagasinan National High School in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi clinched not only one but two gold medals for leading both the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter run.

At a young age, Manilyn trained as a middle- and long-distance runner in the tutelage of her grandfather, according to Al-Trekee Dayan, a resident of Tawi-Tawi.

In the elementary category, the Tawi-Tawi BARMAA delegation had one of its first gold medals won by Jademel Anji for the 1,500 meter run.

Jademel is a Grade-VI pupil of Butun Elementary School, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi. Nash B. Maulana

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