2018 Palarong Pambansa

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61st Palarong Pambansa
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Host cityVigan, Ilocos Sur
Teams participating17 regional athletic associations
Athletes participating15,000+ athletes[1]
Opening ceremony15 April
Closing ceremony21 April
Officially opened byPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Torch lighterLuis Gabriel Moreno
Main venueQuirino Stadium
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The 2018 Palarong Pambansa was the 61st edition of the Palarong Pambansa multi-sports event and was held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur from April 15 to 21, 2018.[1] Student athletes from 17 athletic associations representing the 17 regions of the Philippines competed in different sporting events and disciplines.


The cities of Baguio, Iligan, Vigan and the province of Bukidnon made a bid to host the 61st Palarong Pambansa.[citation needed] In 2017, Vigan was selected host of the Games.[2] In January 2018, the Department of Education and the provincial government of Ilocos Sur signed a memorandum of agreement regarding the hosting of the games to be held primarily in Vigan.[3]

The Games[edit]

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa was held at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur on April 15, 2018. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was the guest speaker of the event for the second consecutive year.[4] Duterte stated that the event is a breeding ground for future sports icons and nation-builders, "whose values and principles are founded on perseverance, discipline, teamwork, integrity, and love of country".[5]

Sports personalities including chess grandmaster Eugene Torre, cue artist Efren "Bata" Reyes, bowler Paeng Nepomuceno, swimmer Eric Buhain, long jumper Elma Muros, 1996 Summer Olympics silver medalist Mansueto Velasco, 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Luis Gabriel Moreno and 2016 Summer Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz led the carrying of the giant Philippine flag. Moreno then lit the friendship cauldron using an arrow shot, symbolizing the commencement of the games.[6]

Lydia de Vega-Mercado, considered as Asia's fastest woman in the 1980s, was honored as the Palarong Pambansa Lifetime Achievement Awardee during the opening rites. Her daughter, Stephanie represented her in the event.[7]

On the second day of the Games on 16 April 2018, barefoot runner Lheslie de Lima from Camarines Sur won the first gold medal of the event in the 3,000 meter run (secondary girls category). She dedicated the win to her distant relative Senator Leila de Lima, who is currently in prison.[8]

At the final day of the Games on April 21, 2018, the National Capital Region capped off their campaign with their 14th straight-overall championship, winning 100 gold, 70 silver and 50 bronze medals. CALABARZON and Western Visayas ended up with 1st and 2nd runner-up finishes, respectively.[9]


Regular Sports[edit]

These are the regular sports disciplines that were played in the games.[citation needed]

Demonstration sports[edit]

These are the seven demonstration sports played at this year's Palarong Pambansa.[citation needed]

Special Para Games[edit]

These are the four para sports that were contested at this year's Palarong Pambansa.[citation needed]

Participating regions[edit]

A total of 17 athletic associations coming from 17 regions of the country participated in the athletic meet. The provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental which competed under the Negros Island Region in the previous two editions of the games (2016 Palarong Pambansa and 2017 Palarong Pambansa) will now compete and merge with their previous original regions, Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively, after the Negros Island Region which was created in 2015 was dissolved by President Rodrigo Duterte.[1]

  Host Region

Code Name Colors
ARMMAA Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao         
CARAA Cordillera Administrative Region         
NCRAA National Capital Region         
IRAA Region I or Ilocos Region         
CAVRAA Region II or Cagayan Valley         
CLRAA Region III or Central Luzon         
STCAA Region IV-A or Southern Tagalog - CALABARZON         
MRAA (MIMAROPAA) Region IV-B or Southern Tagalog - MIMAROPA         
BRAA Region V or Bicol Region         
WVRAA Region VI or Western Visayas         
CVRAA Region VII Central Visayas         
EVRAA Region VIII or Eastern Visayas         
ZPRAA Region IX or Zamboanga Peninsula         
NMRAA Region X or Northern Mindanao         
DAVRAA Region XI or Davao Region         
SRAA Region XII or SOCCSKSARGEN         
CARAGARAA Region XIII or CARAGA         

Playing Venues[edit]

At least 34 different locations in various towns across Ilocos Sur and its capital city Vigan were selected as the playing venues for the 26 sports disciplines of the games.[10]

Regular Events
Event Venue Municipality
Archery pictogram.svg Archery San Ildefonso Elementary School San Ildefonso
Arnis pictogram.svg Arnis San Vicente Municipal Gym San Vicente
Swimming pictogram.svg Aquatics Quirino Stadium Poolside Bantay
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics Quirino Stadium (track and jumping events)
UNP Athletic Grounds (throwing events)
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton Vigan City Convention Center Vigan
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball Barangay Tamag Motorpool Area Vigan
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball San Ildefonso Municipal Covered Court (Elementary)
San Juan Municipal Gym (Secondary Boys)
Caoayan Municipal Gym (Secondary Girls)
Quirino Stadium Open Court (3x3)
San Ildefonso
San Juan
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing Plaza Burgos Vigan
Chess pictogram.svg Chess Baluarte Function Hall - A Vigan
Football pictogram.svg Football Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary (Elementary)
Saint Paul College of Ilocos Sur Football Field (Elementary)
Quirino Stadium (Secondary)
Pagsanaan Football Field (Secondary)
San Vicente
Futsal pictogram.svg Futsal Barangay Pasungol Covered Court
Santa Municipal Gym
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics Santa Maria Municipal Gym Santa Maria
Sepaktakraw pictogram.svg Sepak takraw Immaculate Conception School of Theology
Quirino Stadium Open Courts
Softball pictogram.svg Softball Cirilo Lao Construction Compound Bantay
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Philippine Science High School Ilocos Region Campus Gym San Ildefonso
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Santo Domingo Municipal Gym Santo Domingo
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis Quirino Stadium Open Court (Elementary Boys)
Vigan City Tennis Club (Elementary Girls)
San Ildefonso Tennis Court (Secondary Boys)
Santo Domingo Tennis Court (Secondary Boys)
Santa Catalina Tennis Court (Secondary Girls)
San Ildefonso
Santo Domingo
Santa Catalina
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball Barangay Ayusan Norte Covered Court (Elementary Boys)
Barangay Beddeng Laud Covered Court (Elementary Girls)
Quirino Stadium Open Court (Secondary Boys)
Santa Catalina Municipal Gym (Secondary Boys)
Barangay Poblacion Gym (Secondary Girls)
Santa Catalina
Santo Domingo
Demonstration Sports
Event Venue Municipality
*Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Aerobic Gymnastics NSCC Function Hall Caoayan
*Cue sports pictogram.svg Billiards Lyric Cinema Billiards Center Vigan
Dancesport pictogram.svg Dancesport NSCC Function Hall Caoayan
Pencak Silat Barangay Tamag Covered Court Vigan
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling Barangay 9 Titong Singson Multi-purpose Covered Court Vigan
Wushu pictogram.svg Wushu Bantay West Central Elementary School Bantay
Special Para Events
Event Venue Municipality
Bocce pictogram.svg Bocce San Vicente Plaza San Vicente
Goalball pictogram (Paralympics).svg Goalball Ilocos Sur Badminton Club Bantay

Billeting Areas[edit]

Athletic Delegations[edit]

Several public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary schools, colleges and universities situated at the provincial capital Vigan and nearby towns were selected as the billeting areas for delegates and officials of the games.[11]

  Host Region

Billeting Areas
Athletic Association Code Region Billeting Area Location
         ARMMAA Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao San Vicente IS
Bayubay ES
Pangada ES
San Vicente
San Vicente
Sta. Catalina
         CARAA Cordillera Administrative Region Sto. Domingo NCS
Sto. Domingo SCS
Benito Soliven Academy
Sto. Domingo
         NCRAA National Capital Region Sinait NHS
Salindeg ES (buffer holding area)
         IRAA Region I - Ilocos Region San Sebastian ES
San Sebastian NHS
Pudoc ES
San Vicente
         CAVRAA Region II - Cagayan Valley Cabugao SCS
Cabugao NCS
Cabugao Institute
Balaleng ES (buffer holding area)
         CLRAA Region III - Central Luzon Ilocos Sur NHS Vigan
         STCAA Region IV-A - Southern Tagalog - CALABARZON Vigan NHS East
Nagsangalan ES
Rugsuanan ES
         MRAA (MIMAROPAA) Region IV-B - Southern Tagalog - MIMAROPA Sta. Maria NHS
Capangpangan ES (buffer holding area)
Santa Maria
         BRAA Region V - Bicol Region Basug Commercial School
Mabilbila Institute
Santa CS
         WVRAA Region VI - Western Visayas Bulag ES
Bantay NHS
Paing ES
Ora East ES (buffer holding area)
Ora West ES (buffer holding area)
         CVRAA Region VII - Central Visayas Sta. Catalina CS
Cabittaogan NHS
Cabittaogan ES
Santa Catalina
         EVRAA Region VIII - Eastern Visayas University of Northern Philippines Vigan
         ZPRAA Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula Vigan CS
Burgos Memorial School
         NMRAA Region X - Northern Mindanao Narvacan NHS Narvacan
         DAVRAA Region XI - Davao Region Ilocos Sur NHS
Ayusan-Paoa ES (buffer holding area)
         SRAA Region XII - SOCCSKSARGEN University of Northern Philippines Vigan
         CARAGA Region XIII - CARAGA Naglaoa-an NHS
Naglaoa-an ES
Sagsagat ES
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
San Ildefonso

CS - central school, NCS - north central school, SCS - south central school, ES - elementary school, IS - integrated school, NHS - national high school.

Technical Officials and Referees[edit]

Billeting Areas
Sport Billeting Area Location
Aero Gymnastics Cal-Laguip Elementary School Caoayan
Archery San Ildefonso Central School San Ildefonso
Athletics Caoayan Central School Caoayan
Badminton Burgos Memorial School East Vigan
Baseball Tamag Elementary School Vigan
Basketball Silang Elementary School Bantay
Billiards Burgos Memorial School East Vigan
Boxing Bantay West Central Elementary School Bantay
Chess Caoayan National High School Caoayan
Dancesport Cal-Laguip Elementary School Caoayan
Football Guimod Elementary School Bantay
Futsal Sacuyya Community School Santa
Gymnastics Paras-Parada Elementary School Santo Domingo
Pencak Silat Caoayan Central School Caoayan
Sepak Takraw Baggoc P. Quitiquit Elementary School Caoayan
Softball Busiing Elementary School San Ildefonso
Table Tennis San Ildefonso Central School San Ildefonso
Taekwondo Sta. Maria Central School Santa Maria
Tennis Caoayan National High School Caoayan
Volleyball Bantay West Central Elementary School Bantay
Wrestling San Julian Elementary School Vigan
Wushu Bantay West Central Elementary School Bantay

Official Medal Tally[edit]

Regular Games[edit]

As of 21 April 2018, 13:01:57 (UTC +08) (Final)[12]

  *   Host region

1 National Capital Region (NCRAA)1007050220
2 CALABARZON/Southern Tagalog (STCAA)555073178
3 Western Visayas (WVRAA)464555146
4 Central Visayas (CVIRAA)26253687
5 Cordillera Administrative Region (CARAA)25222370
6 Northern Mindanao (NMRAA)23182970
8 Central Luzon (CLRAA)21212466
9 Davao Region (DavRAA)12272867
10 Cagayan Valley (CaVRAA)1181433
11 Ilocos Region (IRAA)*10113152
12 Eastern Visayas (EVRAA)910928
13 Bicol Region (BRAA)8162852
15 MIMAROPA (MRAA)5121229
16 Zamboanga Peninsula (ZPRAA)192333
17 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMMAA)0033
Totals (17 regions)3813804901251

Demo Sports[edit]

As of 21 April 2018, 13:01:57 (UTC +08) (Final)[12]

  *   Host region

1 Western Visayas (WVRAA)811524
2 National Capital Region (NCRAA)73111
3 Central Visayas (CVIRAA)62412
4 CALABARZON/Southern Tagalog (STCAA)24814
5 Zamboanga Peninsula (ZPRAA)2035
6 Cordillera Administrative Region (CARAA)1012
7 Eastern Visayas (EVRAA)0202
9 Central Luzon (CLRAA)0123
10 Ilocos Region (IRAA)*0112
11 Cagayan Valley (CaVRAA)0101
12 Bicol Region (BRAA)0022
Northern Mindanao (NMRAA)0022
15 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMMAA)0011
16 Davao Region (DavRAA)0000
Totals (17 regions)26263688

Para Games[edit]

As of 21 April 2018, 13:01:57 (UTC +08) (Final)[12]

  *   Host region

1 Western Visayas (WVRAA)16181650
2 CALABARZON/Southern Tagalog (STCAA)1515838
3 Zamboanga Peninsula (ZPRAA)123217
4 Ilocos Region (IRAA)*107421
5 National Capital Region (NCRAA)4101125
6 Davao Region (DavRAA)46414
7 Northern Mindanao (NMRAA)3159
8 Bicol Region (BRAA)2147
10 Central Luzon (CLRAA)1124
13 Cagayan Valley (CaVRAA)0415
Central Visayas (CVIRAA)0415
15 Cordillera Administrative Region (CARAA)0101
16 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMMAA)0000
Eastern Visayas (EVRAA)0000
Totals (17 regions)707561206


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