BACOLOD City garnered a total of 327 medals in the regular sports alongside 40 more in the para games and 7 in the demo sports to claim the over-all championships in the just-concluded 2017 Palarong NIR in Dumaguete City.
The ‘City of Smiles’ delivered a stunning 156 golds, 94 silvers and 77 bronze medals in the regular sports with 87 golds, 61 silvers and 43 bronzes in the secondary division while 69 gold medals, 33 silvers and 34 bronzes for the elementary division.
For the para games, Bacolod City also collected 17 golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronze medals while finished with 3 golds, 2 silvers and pair of bronze medals in the demo sports.
“We thanked God for this achievement. Also, our gratitude to everyone who contributed and extended their efforts to this triumph,” said Bacolod City Schools Division Sports Coordinator Eden Ariola.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City’s Athletic Manager Mark Molina of STI-West Negros University likewise felt happy for the result. “This is a powerhouse team of Bacolod and NOPSSCEA. Though, initially, some schools would have wanted to preserve the NOPSSCEA team as another division but, when they were advised that this is where DepEd’s direction is heading to –which is the competition among DepEd Divisions, they just abided with it,” he added.
“With our performance in Palarong NIR, this has validated the initiative of combining both forces to take supremacy in sports in the Region. I wish the same spirit and passion be extended to the next level,” Molina stressed.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito, who chairs the Committee on Finance and Appropriation, said that “our athletes had made a history as the first ever champion in the Palarong NIR. They had made our people and city proud, and marked Bacolod City as the city of most bemedalled athletes in NIR.”
Distrito also described the Bacolod City contingents’ achievements as every Bacolodnon’s achievement. “Their honor will be an honor of every Bacolodnon. We are really proud of them,” he added.
Next to Bacolod City in the medal tally is Negros Occidental with 73 gold medals, 83 silvers and 73 bronzes in regular sports as Bago City finished in third spot with 26 golds, 34 silvers and 32 bronzes while host-Dumaguete City settled at fourth spot with 25 golds, 33 silvers and 42 bronzes as La Carlota City completed the Top 5 finishers with 19-20-19 medal haul.
Completing the medal tally are: Cadiz City (13-14-13), Escalante City (10-11-13), Sagay City (8-9-18), Negros Oriental 7-20-35), San Carlos City (7-6-18), Silay City (6-5-12), Tanjay City (3-3-8), Bayawan City (3-0-4), Kabankalan City (2-22-19), Guihungan City (1-4-16) and Bais City (1-1-10).