The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur through the leadership of Gov. Ryan Singson and the Department of Education headed by Sec. Leonor Magtolis Briones and Undersecretary Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, the Secretary General of Palarong Pambansa on Wednesday January 30, 2018 signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the staging 2018 Palarong Pambansa at the Vigan Convention Center, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. “Palarong Pambansa is a big help for the province of Ilocos Sur to further develop the current status of sports, tourism and economy. Ilocos Sur being the host of Palaro, I would like to make it the best Palarong Pambansa ever in the Philippine history”, said Gov. Ryan. The MOA was signed by Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson and Education Secretary Leonor Briones. Through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement the Department of Education will be able to release funds for the said sports event of the country, amounting to more than three hundred million pesos (P300, 000,000.00). “We did not fail ourselves in choosing the Province of Ilocos Sur being the host of Palarong Pambansa 2018, aside from the rich culture it possessed, the sports facilities perfectly suited the event”, Sec. Briones said. Ilocos Sur, in cooperation with the DepEd Regional Office Region 1 and Schools Division of Ilocos Sur, was declared as the host local government unit for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. The signing of the MOA was seasoned on the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the province as an independent one. Palarong Pambansa Logo 2018 was being presented right after the signing of the MOA artistically made with a touch of Ilocos Sur products like clay pot and kalesa wheel which is popular at the so called Heritage Province. The Palarong Pambansa hymn was also sung during the event.
With all events smoothly starting according to plan, the on-going Batang Pinoy- Luzon leg attracting 7,675 athletes, coaches and officials coming from 129 local government units all over Luzon could be easily be one of the best staged legs in the event’s history. It further pushed Ilocos Sur’s quest to be in the country’s sporting map. “Batang Pinoy which is one of the country’s best grassroots sports programs serves as big inspiration to the youth in my province and the whole country to excel and make their mark in sports,” Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson said in a press briefing. Singson who is also the current President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines said aggressive sports hosting and programs will help realize his elusive dream of producing sports stars from homegrown talents. “We hope to produce an Ilocano Olympian and possibly bring home the elusive gold medal that still eludes us,” Singson said. This weeklong event is one the series of sports events to be hosted by the province. The most anticipated and the biggest is the staging of 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Earlier Ilocos Sur hosted the successful staging of Region I Athletic Association meet last March this year. Batang Pinoy is joint partnership of the Philippine Sports Commission, Dep’t of Education, DILG and the LGUs. Joining Singson during the grand opening rites were DepEd Usec. Tonisito M.C. Umali, PSC Commissioners Charles Raymund Maxey and Arnold Agustin.
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur won the bidding of Palarong Pambansa 2018. Asec. Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali of the Department of Education announced the result after the final bidding meet, which was attended by top bidders from various provinces and cities. It was held at Seameo Innotech in Quezon City. Umali said Ilocos Sur has met Palarong Pambansa facilities and equipment standards .He further said, “We have evaluated these facilities and they definitely met the criteria”. The newly renovated Quirino Stadium will house the Palarong Pambansa 2018. Governor Ryan Singson led the Ilocos Sur team during the bidding meet.The Ilocos Sur Team was composed of Dep-ed Region 1 Director Alma Ruby C. Torio, Ilocos Sur Schools Division Superintendent Gemma Tacuycuy, Provincial Administrator Cara Michelle Peredo, and Provincial Sports Coordinator Mr. Marius Cabudol. “This is very meaningful for us, for the first time, Ilocos Sur will host this prestigious event. We will show the whole nation what the Ilocosurians are capable of in hosting the Palarong Pambansa”, Singson said. Ilocos Sur has prepared its infrastructure and people resources, and most especially invested in the state of the art sports facilities in the Quirino Stadium. Palarong Pambansa 2018 is set to open on April next year. Gov. Singson looks forward to the immense impact of Palarong Pambansa 2018 in the province’s economy , tourism and sports development. Truly , next year’s Palarong Pambansa is an event to look forward to. This October ,the Province of Ilocos Sur will host the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg . This event aims to bring out the Iloco Youth’s talent and skills in various sports events, and for them to exemplify and acquire sports values such as self-discipline , teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship . This way ,the Filipino youth may be encouraged in productive and healthy activities through sports.
Vigan City - Governor Ryan Singson together with Vice Governor Jerry Singson, and other provincial officials gave recognition for the thirty eight (38) 2016 Bar Passers of Ilocos Sur by giving certificate of commendation last August 11, 2017. Governor Ryan Singson congratulated the 38 new lawyers of Ilocos Sur and said” I have learned that there is a scarcity of those practicing in our province. I encourage you to exercise your profession here such that those who need more of your services, especially those in the outskirts, will be able to receive competent and effective legal representation. They need most your assistance, and as you have in your oath, compensation is merely secondary. It is a service that you have to give back to your communities.” As clipped in the promise of Governor Ryan that he will serve the people of Ilocos Sur fairly, even in the field of profession and achievements, the 2016 Ilocosurian Bar Passers are the first batch to receive commendation from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur. Only 22 among the 38 Ilocosurian new lawyers were able to attend the recognition ceremony but those absent were represented by their family member. Former scholar of PGIS during his college time, Atty. Gennelyn Abao of Cabugao Ilocos Sur and finished her Law School at Arellano University was one of the bar passers. She showed her gratitude during the interview saying, “I will always be thankful to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur for without them I was not here receiving this commendation. It’s quite hard to pursue and pass the exam but believe me, when you are serious and think of your family you will be there”. Member of the Provincial Board Atty. Ronnie Rapanut said during his closing message “You 2016 batch of bar passers are very very lucky because you marked the second highest bar passers in the country which is equivalent to 59.06% and 38 of it are Ilocosurian, you are even luckier because the provincial government of Ilocos Sur for the first time recognizes your effort and undying sacrifices to reach your ambition and bring pride to our province.”
Green horn Ilocos United had showed it got what it takes to be in the class of the country’s better teams as it eked out draw with seasoned Davao Aguilas, 1-all, at the swank Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur recently. Skipper John Kanayama converted his penalty kick in the 78th minute to give Ilocos United its first point in the maiden season of Philippine Football League that replaced the United Football League. 19-year old Fil-Belgian Dylan de Bruycker eluded several defenders before drawing first blood for the Aguilas in the 50th minute. “Ilocos United’s result is very encouraging, especially if taken against the backdrop that Ilocanos have never been known to be good football players or plain enthusiasts,” Gov. Ryan Singson said. Singson bared, “Our forming the Ilocos United FC was founded on the notion that Filipinos can be highly competitive in international football considering that height is not a factor in this sport.” To prop up his team in the long run, Singson has embarked on a province-wide football development program with also a view to pushing football to rival basketball as the top sport in Ilocos Sur. The Ilocos United FC mentored by Scot Ian Gillian will play a pivotal role in the program. For starters, United in coordination with the Provincial Sports Committee will conduct clinics three times a week at the Quirino pitch. Eventually all the schools in the province will be covered. The friendly pitting the Philippine Azkals against Australian Perth Glory July of last year kindled the football fever in Ilocos Sur. “Not too far in the future, Ilocos Sur will emerge as one of the centers for football excellence in the country and a host of Ilocanos will be strutting their wares in the professional football league, “Singson concluded.
BANTAY, ILOCOS SUR -The weeklong Region 1 Athletic Association meet that attracted some 8,000 delegates formally kicked off with spectacular rites presided over by host province Ilocos Sur’s Gov. Ryan Singson at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium here Saturday. Gov. Singson together with the officials of other provinces and DepEd officials hoisted the R1AA flag followed by raising of flags of the 14 delegations to signal the start of competition. He said that hosting the meet is part of the many sports related activities of the province to raisefurther the bar of sports programs for the best interest of its people, especially the youth. Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Training Director Mark Albert Velasco who represented Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez was amazed by Ilocos Sur’s hosting of the R1AA 2017 because of the state of the art football field and other sports facilities. "Kami nga doon sa PSI, walang ganito kagandang stadium. That is why I am very thankful for the support of Gov. Ryan to the PSI" said Velasco as he bared that Ilocos Sur is designated as center for sports training in the region. Gov. Ryan Singson, Vice Governor Jeremias Singson and members of the provincial board warmly welcomed the delegations and offered a convenient and meaningful stay here in the heritage province. Receiving the R1AA banner from Mayor Joseres Resuello of previous host San Carlos CIty, Gov Singson said that this activity proves to be the most memorable as the Quirino Stadium underwent a tremendous change to make it more suitable to major sports events. R1AA 2017 serves as jumping board of Ilocos Sur's bid to host the Palarong Pambansa the previous host San Carlos City in 2018.