PUERTO PRINCESA – The Indigenous Games concluded on Sunday without pomp and pageantry, just plain and simple yet honorable for the nine participating tribes of Palawan.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner and Chairperson for the IP Games led the government sports agency in giving tribute to the tribe leaders, participants, and local officials for ensuring that the heritage and traditions of the Filipino minorities will not be forgotten even in the age of internet and social media.
The Agutaynen tribe proved their skills in hunting as they won the event in Pana and Sibat. The duo of Allan Abela and Ivanhoe Camining of Agutaynen beat their rivals from Tagbanua Central and Batak, while Camining became a double gold winner claiming the Sibat event against Benny Cuyao of Tagbanua Central and Tandolanen’s Bennet Aranas.
Palaw’an tribe, composed of Aprilito Mastala and Dudy Indaya, claimed the Supok crown against Batak, while Batak made their skills unnoticed in dominating the Santik event.
Cuyunan was the fastest in Pagbayo sa Palay finishing in four minutes and 08.89 seconds over Cuyunan,(04:08.89), Palaw-an (4:30.25), and Agulayen (4:36.65). The inland people of Cuyonon were also a force to reckon with in the Takbo event, sweeping the men’s and women’s relay.
PSC Commissioner Fritz Gaston was assisted during the Games with fellow Commissioners Edward Hayco and Bong Coo, IPMR Arnel Abrina and Palawan Sports Development head Silvanna Delight Gastanes.
The former PBA star and Commissioner in the Professional Sports (GAB) said preparatory talks have already been made with the officials of the Province of Ilocos Sur led by Gov. Jeremias ‘Jerry’ Singson.
Through PSC national coordinator Edwin Llanes, the province of Ilocos Sur already submitted a ‘letter of intent’ to host IP Games next year as consultation with the agencies concerned is already on a roll.