LAOAG CITY (May 3) – Like other children, Margie is on summer vacation. But she is spending the rest of her summer vacation in an educational and exciting way. If last year, Margie was into art classes, this year, she is into badminton. Every morning, she goes to the Laoag City Basketball Court to join 15 other kids to learn to play the sport.
Margie, and the 15 other kids, are some of the more than 2,000 youth from Laoag City and nearby towns in Ilocos Norte who are attending fun-filled summer classes as “Sama-Summer Together with MVF” begins in Laoag City this May.
Now on its 7th year, the ‘Sama-Summer Together with MVF’ is a free activity geared in developing the youth of the city through the conduct of sports clinic, art workshops and tutorials. A brainchild of Mayor Michael V. Farinas, this activity aims to discover and polish talents in sports, arts and enhance the academic abilities of the youth in mathematics, creative writing and computer applications. This also keeps them away from drugs and bad habits.
Mr Hipolito Salva, City Sports & Games Regulations Officer, said the participants are enrolled either in Sports, Arts and Academic Tutorials.
Aside from badminton, there are those enrolled in athletics such as javelin throw, discuss throw, shotput and running. Or in regular sports like basketball, badminton, volleyball, football, taekwondo, chess, lawn tennis, table tennis, baseball, softball, sepak takraw and archery classes.
Others are enrolled in culinary arts, painting and drawing, dancing, guitar lessons, singing/voice lessons, creative writing and public speaking; while other participants are having daily tutorials in General Mathematics and Computer Applications.
The classes are being held in various venues throughout the city and will run for one month.