Laoag is new R1AA champion

LAOAG CITY — The Schools Division of Laoag emerged as the new over-all champion in the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) meet held in Ilocos Norte on April 22-27, 2024.

Laoag was the first city to win the regional meet.

Based on the official data from R1AA authorities, Laoag garnered a total of 79 golds, 53 silvers and 68 bronze medals.

Pangasinan II came second with a 60 gold, 49 silver and 52 bronze medals while Ilocos Norte claimed third place with a 47golds, 62 silver and 48 bronze medals.

During the awarding ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at the world-class Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium in Laoag City, Laoag was also recognized as the Most Organized Division in the meet and the Best Performing Division in arnis, gymnastics, lawn tennis and taekwondo. The awards were personally received by Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon and Laoag Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Joann Corpuz.

“This victory underscores the importance of instilling a culture of sportsmanship and competition among our youth, fostering values of excellence and responsibility crucial for global competitiveness and personal development,” Keon posted on his official social media account.

Laoag athletes drew their inspiration from City Mayor Keon known as national sports czar having been the Gintong Alay director during the Marcos regime in 1980s

He also served as provincial sports consultant during the term of then Governor Bongbong Marcos, Jr.

In last year’s edition, Laoag gradually climbed to 3rd place after perennial cellar dweller in previous stagings of the regional meet.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials with special mention to all our national coaches and trainers who contributed to this momentous achievement. Your hard work, dedication and determination have truly paid off,” he said.

Bemedaled athletes from the 14 participating schools divisions will represent Region 1 in the 2024 Palarong Pambansa to be held in Cebu this July. (EDG – Ilocos Sentinel)