Negros Island Region (NIR), which is a newly created region that will be competing for the 59th Palarong Pambansa for the first time, is 100% ready and confident that its athletes will take center stage in the national sporting competition.
In January, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said this year’s staging of the Palaro will have many “firsts.”
This is Albay’s first time to host Palaro. This is also the first time that 18 regions will participate—not the usual 17 regions (because of the participation of the Negros Island Region).
One of the highlights of the Palaro is the games for children with special needs. These include athletics, swimming, goal ball, and Bocce – a ball sport closely related to bowling. Athletes with special needs are given the chance to be scouted and compete in the games of the Palaro.
—From the Department of Education