2012 Palarong Pambansa will be held on May 6–12 in Pangasinan


For the past 63 years, Palarong Pambansa has produced notable athletes in different fields of sports. The road to their success, however, was paved not only by victories but also by defeats and humbling obstacles. As such, the Palaro has served as a training ground for opportunities and challenges.
Being an annual multilevel national scholastic athletic competition conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd), this year’s Palaro carries the same principle that highlights the significance of values formation among young athletes.
“The Palaro aims to instill among pupils and students the values inherent in sports such as discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, and sportsmanship,” Education Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, emphasized.
He adds that more than being a sports event, Palarong Pambansa depicts the crucial role of sports in inculcating a sense of being well-rounded among the Filipino youth.
DepEd recognizes the importance of sports in developing the youth’s great potentials to become globally competitive citizens. Thus, the department puts premium on the Palaro as a venue to showcase the talents of future world-class athletes.
The 2012 Palaro will be held on May 6–12 in the province of Pangasinan. More than 10,000 athletes from both public and private elementary and secondary schools are expected to compete in various sports events. With these competitions, participants will not only hone their skills in sports but also learn that success is just as important as failure.
“Sports activities and competitions develop one’s character in handling victories and defeats, which will serve as a critical training ground for the opportunities and challenges that will come his/her way,” Luistro added.