Philippine National Games

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Philippine National Games
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First event1994 in Metro Manila
Occur everyannually
Last event2016 (various venues)
PurposeAn avenue to scout players to be included in pools of national teams.

The Philippine National Games (PNG) officially known as the POC-PSC Games is a national multi-sport tournament in the Philippines. It was created as a means to determine the possible composition of national pool athletes that will compete in international tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.[1]


The Philippine National Games (PNG) was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 163 dated March 3, 1994 during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos.[1]

The first edition was held in Manila in 1994, then the next edition was held two years later in the same venue. Cebu City hosted the third edition in 1997. However the games were scrapped in 1998 due to lack of funds to organize the event.[2][3] The holding of games were halted until its revival in 2011. Since then the games were held annually.[4] Starting from the 2011 edition the Philippine Sports Committee has been co-organizing the games with the Philippine Olympic Committee.[5]

The 2015 edition was divided into three legs which was hosted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with each leg including 10 events each for the same sports doubling as qualifiers for the 2016 edition.[6][7] Starting the 2016 edition the PNG will be LGU-based. In the previous editions athlete represented their school, club or a sponsoring group. Athletes will be able to formally represent their municipality, city or province at the games but in the finals athletes will only represent one of the four regions; Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region.[8]


Year Main
Province Region
1994 Manila N/A National Capital Region
1996 Manila N/A National Capital Region
1997 Cebu City Cebu Central Visayas (VII)
2011 Bacolod Negros Occidental Western Visayas (VI)
2012 Dumaguete Negros Oriental Central Visayas (VII)
2013 Manila N/A National Capital Region
2014 Manila N/A National Capital Region
2015–16 Manila N/A National Capital Region
Pagadian[9] Zamboanga del Sur Zamboanga Peninsula (XI)
San Jose de Buenavista[9] Antique Western Visayas (VI)
Lingayen[9] Pangasinan Ilocos Region (I)
2018 Cebu City Cebu Central Visayas


as of May 2014


  1. ^ a b "THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES". PNG. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Remarks of President Ramos at the Welcome Ceremonies and Courtesy Call of the Philippine delegation to the Atlanta Olympics, August 11, 1996". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 11 August 1996. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  3. ^ "PSC set to revive National Games". The Philippine Star. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ Terrado, Reuben (11 March 2014). "Manila to host 2014 Philippine National Games in May". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  5. ^ "National Games show POC, PSC unity in sports". GMA News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ Leongson, Randolph (23 June 2015). "Philippine National Games to hold 3 qualifying legs nationwide". Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Philippine National Games 2015" (PDF). Philippine National Games. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. ^ Rosal, Glendale (24 November 2015). "Major changes for PNG, BP tilts". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Leongson, Randolph B. (June 23, 2015). "Philippine National Games to hold 3 qualifying legs nationwide". Philippine Daily Inquirer. The Mindanao qualifying leg will be held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur from September 10 to 14, to be followed by the Visayas qualifying leg from November 10 to 14 in Antique.