PRISAA National Games opens today
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez will serve as guest of honor and speaker in the opening ceremonies of the 2007 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games today, April 16, 2007, 3:00 p.m. at the Iloilo Sports Complex.
The opening ceremonies will be preceded by an athletic parade which will start at 2:00 pm from the West Visayas State University to the Iloilo Sports Complex.
Other dignitaries who will grace the said affair are Iloilo Governor Neil Tupas Sr., Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, Iloilo City Rep. Raul Gonzalez, Jr., Antique Governor Salvacion Perez, and Dr. Isabela Mahler, Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education.
Four award-winning Dinagyang and Kasadyahan tribes will perform at the opening ceremonies. These are Tribu Ang Taga-Jaro of Jaro National High School, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, 2006 and 2007 Dinagyang Champion Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial High School and Kasadyahan Champion Tribu Kahilwayan of the Municipality of Santa Barbara, Iloilo. Totaling 375 warriors and drummers, these four tribes showcase the best tribes of the best Festival in the Philippines. Together with them will be four bands from the four private universities of Iloilo City: the University of San Agustin Band, the Central Philippine University Symphonic Band, the University of Iloilo Band and the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Band. Also to perform are the USA Troubadours, multi-awarded choral group of the University of San Agustin.
For the first time, these groups will perform together in order to showcase the best of Iloilo City. Their coming and performing together mirror the grandeur of PRISAA as reflected in its theme: 'National PRISAA: Nurturing a Culture of Peace, Unity and Cooperation'.
The National PRISAAA is an organization of private schools all over the committed to harness the potentials of the youth for excellence in sports, academic and cultural activities.
The games are to be participated by the 15 regions of the country. Sports events include athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, chess, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball. The cultural events are vocal solo (pop) and the search for Mutya ng PRISAA contests.
PRISAA National Games 2007 is hosted by the Western Visayas PRISAA headed by Mrs. Cecilia Ortiz in partnership with the ILOPRISAA, Iloilo City Government and with co-sponsors ABS-CBN, Biscocho Haus, SM City -- Iloilo, Globelines Broadband, Prestress International Corporation, Malayan Group of Insurance Companies, Aksyon Radyo and The News Today.