Little League lauded Manapla ballpark

NEGROS Occidental has been the seedbed of the country’s top softball players – which justified by the long list of titles won in the Palarong Pambansa.

Recently, the Negrense softbelles also won the silver medal in the 2017 World Series Softball Tournament held in Delaware, USA.

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Multi-titled softball coach Tony Oquindo Jr., LLP District Administrator lawyer Jolly Gomez, Neg.Occ. Sports Coordinator Nonong Verdeflor, former Manapla Mayor Manolet Escalante, and LLP Assistant District Administrator Chito Gonzales at Hda. Lourdes Ballpark in Manapla town.

Moreover, the province also hosted numerous local, national and international softball tournaments like the Philippine National Games and 2011 Asia-Pacific Regional Softball Championship.

Last week Little League of the Philippines (LLP) District Administrator lawyer Jose Luis ‘Jolly’ Gomez alongside Assistant Administrator Chito Gonzales were in the province as guests of the Inter-Farmers Softball Tournament at the Hda. Lourdes Ballpark in Manapla town.

“I’m very happy to see the new field established by former Mayor Manolet Escalante,” said Gomez, after seeing the softball facility. “But, what impressed me most was that there were already tournaments among the farmers, fishermen, workers, among others, being played in different age groups: kids, men, women, adults, to name a few,” he said.

“This is what grassroots is all about. It’s not just training one team to win the Palaro. But, rather it is using a sport to build community, create an activity of play, and as a natural consequence add to the health and fitness of a barangay. Hats off to them,” Gomez stressed.

“If we do this in all cities in Negros and in all sports, we will have achieved something more valuable than an Olympic gold medal,” he added.*

Photo Credit to Atty. Jolly Gomez

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