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Inter-NGO Sports Festival 2012 Kicks Off Thursday

By Nilo Manangan and May Pado

The sportfest is part of the celebration of PRRM’s 60th anniversary. This multi-sports event, involving basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and darts competitions, aims to build camaraderie and team work among the development workers from various organizations.

PRRM cheer dancers performing to a delighted crowd during the opening of Inter-NGO Sportsfest

PRRM cheer dancers performing to a delighted crowd during the opening of Inter-NGO Sportsfest

In his welcome message, PRRM President Mr. Isagani R. Serrano expressed his appreciation that the four organizations responded to PRRM’s invitation. In reply, representatives of the participating NGOs delivered solidarity messages and shared information about their organizations. All expressed gratitude to PRRM for organizing the event.

Players for the Inter-NGO Sportfest taking the Oath of Sportmanship during the tournament opener

Players for the Inter-NGO Sportfest taking the Oath of Sportmanship during the tournament opener

A highlight of the opening program was the cheer dance of PRRM staff. Donning pompoms and clad in PRRM green, the pep squad named ANTICHICHIRIA gyrated, jumped, twisted and shook with the lively music to the delight of the audience.

PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano (middle) in the ceremonial toss-up before the basketball game between CPI and Haribon

PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano (middle) in the ceremonial toss-up before the basketball game between CPI and Haribon

Two basketball games were played on the opening day, first between CPI and Haribon, the second between PRRM and WVDF.

The tall CPI line-up beat the undermanned Haribon, 50-42. CPI was ahead all throughout the game, leading by as much as 18 points. In the last four minutes of the last quarter, a 10-0 run by Haribon closed the gap to just 8. Fatigue got the best of Haribon in the closing minutes, unable to edge the still strong CPI.

In the second game, consistent defense and quick offense won the game for PRRM against WVDF. PRRM playing coach Patrick San Juan fielded a smaller but quick line-up most of the game against the bigger line-up of WVDF. PRRM led throughout the game by as high as 20 points at the close of the 3rd quarter, getting most of its score from fast offense in transition. The final score was 63-53.

This early, the initiative of the PRRM can be called a big success based on the overwhelming response of participating organizations on the opening day. Competitions will run for five weeks, with the closing program slated on July 10, 2012.

Download Schedule of Games: Inter-NGO Sportsfest 2012 Schedule

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