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Apayao new CAR’s volleyball powerhouse, Bulut hands PHP3.39M as incentives

WELL DESERVED. The volleyball teams of Apayao who win three of four crowns in the event during the recent Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet held in Pudtol town receive the PHP3.39 million check as incentive of Team Apayao which finished a record high second place behind Team Baguio in the annual sports. PML

STA. MARCELA, Apayao – Team Apayao received the PHP3.39 million incentive ftom the provincial government during the Kapihan with Department of Education -Cordillera and provincial officials last Wednesday here.

Gov. Elias Bulut, Jr. handed the check to the volleyball teams before the press conference started with Baguio media as mayors of four of the seven municipalities assisted him and DeoEd officials led by director Estela Carino and superintendents from the eight division offices bear witness.

“We have given PHP15,000  to gold medal winners from the original PHP10,000,” said tge governor during the Kapihan.

He said that it will be enough to buy a tablet which tge athletes could use to improve tgere skills.

Apayao is fast becoming a powerhouse in sports as leaders of the province has given importance to sport to motivate their students.

“We have given importance to sports to motivate our students, which is at the bottom in terms of learning in the region,” said Bulut.

He said that infrastructures like gyms, a tartan track, Olympic sized pool had been constructed in 2013 when Apayao hosted the annual meet.

From last, Apayao imptoved to third in 2019, when it hosted anew then to second, easing past perenial bridesmaid Benguet in the last staging.

“We may not be able to beat Baguio, but we have imoroved,” added the governor.

Earlier, three of Apayao’s volleyball teams won beating Baguio’s top young spikers.

Apayao has earlier made its mark in the three year delayed annual competitions when it leap frogged past Benguet to finish second during the regular competitions last May 1 and now added four mints in the team event which is the most sought after basketball.

Apayao’s spikers did not only clinch the gold medals in elementary girls and boys but the secondary girls.

Apayao defeated their fierce voleyball rivals Baguio City in three intense championship matches last June 4.

Hosted by the province, the two-day regional sports meet held in EKB Gymnasium in Pudtol witnessed the rise of Apayao volleyball squads who proved to be an unstoppable force throughout the tournament.

In elementary girls, team Apayao, represented by Alem Elementary School (AES) outplayed team Baguio in a three set thriller filled with intense rallies and breathtaking plays.

Baguio’s boys squad also suffered the same fate when it came tumbling down against the kids from the Kabugao Central School (KCS) squad in the elementary boys category after a hard-fought championship match.

Moreover, team Apayao, composed of Pudtol Vocational High School (PVHS) volleybelles, continued their impressive run in the highly-anticipated championship match against Baguio in secondary girls. Entering the finals with unblemished record, the home team displayed exceptional athleticism as they secure the coveted title in four sets.

Coached by Myrien Agustin (Elem. Girls), Beverly Biyong (Elem. Boys), and Marieflor Tomas (Sec. Girls), all three volleyball squads will represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa pre-qualifying meet to be held on July 17-21 in Laoag City.

In a post, the coaches said: “As the victorious teams celebrate their triumphant conquest of the elusive title, the entire province joins them in acknowledging their achievements.”

Gov. Elias C. Bulut, Jr. and Congresswoman Eleanor C. Bulut-Begtang extend their commendation to the athletes for their exceptional performances and well-deserved victories. PML

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