Dumaguete mayor seeks support to 1st Sports Tourism Forum

By Roi Lomotan

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo (center) endorses the 1st Sports Tourism Forum to be held in the city on February 1 at Bethel Guest House to local stakeholders on sports and tourism during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held in the same venue on January 10, 2017. (PIA-NegOr)


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo encourages local stakeholders here to support the first Sports Tourism Forum to be held in this city on February 1.

Speaking in a Kapihan sa PIA forum today, Mayor Remollo endorsed the Sports Tourism Forum to heads of sports associations, sports coordinators and members of the local media and said the activity would help put Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental in the map of the sporting world.

The Sports Tourism Forum, an event organized by a private firm Selrahco, aims to engage representatives from different local government units concerning the sports, tourism and education sectors, local sports associations, schools and private companies with top caliber resource speakers to discuss inputs to enhance sports event organizing, marketing and media exposure to boost the province’s capability to host big sports events and develop Negros Oriental as top destination for sports activities.

Selrahco President Charles Lim cited diving as a sport which stakeholders in sports and tourism can develop as primary product in sports tourism.

“Diving is such a big thing in this part of the world. You talk to any dive associations outside the Philippines they will tell you this is one of the best dive sports we have in the region and divers from all over the world are coming here,” Lim said.

The conduct of the Sports Forum in Dumaguete City is in line with its thrust of the city government in strengthening sports and tourism programs.

Remollo believes Dumaguete City can start positioning itself in sports tourism as it already has the existing facilities and areas for various sports activities.

Remollo also shared that the Twin Lakes in Sibulan town could be used for cycling marathons and kayaking events, covered courts for basketball and volleyball games, the boulevard area for bangkathons, and the reclaimed area near the Dumaguete Press Club building for beach sports.

Aside from this, the mayor also suggested that vacant lots can be turned into baseball fields.

Moreover, the city has hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 2013 and the recently held Unigames wherein athletes from different schools and universities competed in numerous sports event.

“We are so lucky. It’s the location, it’s the atmosphere, the people and it will reflect on how the leadership will welcome this events and we are so lucky that the city and the province (government) have one vision in sports. We are helping each other,” Remollo said.

He also announced that on February 2017, Dumaguete City will host the regional Palaro for the Negros Island Region.

“There will be 16 divisions (of the Department of Education), (around) 5, 000 to 10, 00 people will be coming and the impact on that on our economy,” Mayor Reomollo disclosed.

“You cannot say it’s just sports, it’s sports tourism. When athletes come, they come with their parents. Parents stay in hotels, they move around,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, Remollo also tagged Dumaguete City as getaway to other destinations like whale shark site in the municipality of Oslob and the Sumilon Island town in Cebu, the province of Siquijor and many others which will help attract other tourists to come to the city.

“We should support this program, this is our program,” Remollo told attendees of the forum.

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Meanwhile, Negros Oriental Sports Development Program Head Paultom Paras agrees that sports tourism is a good promotion area as sporting event allows sports enthusiasts to go  to the destinations identified as venues for sports events. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Jan. 10, 2017)


Dumaguete City to host Unigames

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – This year’s Philippine University Games (Unigames) with 2,500 athletes will be hosted by Dumaguete City on October 23 to 30 as a continuation to Buglasan Festival celebration in Negros Oriental.

Representatives from 53 colleges and universities from various parts of the country will compete in the 21st edition of  the annual games.

Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo expects the sports tourism and local livelihood will be given a boost with the number of visitors arriving in the city for the games.

The public is free to watch all the games in different playing venues such as Mariano Perdices Coliseum for track and field, Aqua Center for swimming, SU Ballfield for football and archery, Praxivilla Tennis Court for tennis.

The other sports events will be held outside the city.

The colorful spectacle of Negros Oriental’s unique Buglasan Festival of Festivals will culminate on October 23 and it will also welcome the Unigames delegates with a big rave of ‘Kasikas sa Kalye” and fireworks competition.

Some highlights of the Buglasan finale include trade fair, underwater photo contest, and cleanest and greenest school awards, Negorense interactive sport, Silliman University Dance Troupe concert, and Negorense Got Talent Performs.

The organizers are expecting the participating schools to join the Buglasan revelry to give them a chance to discover the beauty of Dumaguete City,

The 53 participating schools joining the UNIGAMES are: Ateneo De Davao University, Adamson University, Arellano University, Central Philippine University, Centro Escolar University, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias, Cor Jesu College, De la Salle-Araneta University, Silliman University, Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, De La Salle-Lipa Batangas, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, De La Salle University Manila, Enderun Colleges Metro Manila, Far Eastern University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Hercor College-Roxas City, Holy Angel University-Pampanga, Holy Cross of Davao College, Ilo-ilo Doctors College, Jose Maria College Davao City, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Laguuna Colleges and University Athletic Association, Naga College Foundation,National University-Manila, Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Riverside College-Bacolod City, Rizal Technological University-Mandaluyong City, San Beda College-Manila, Southwestern University-Cebu City, St. Theresa College of Tandag Surigao del Sur, STI West Negros University-Bacolod, Technical University of the Philippines-Manila, University of Bohol, University of Makati, University of Mindanao-Davao City, University of Mindanao-Tagum College, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Bacolod, University of Northern Philippines-Vigan City, University of Perpetual Help System-Las Pinas, University of San Agustin – Ilo-ilo City, University of San Carlos-Cebu, University of San Jose Recoletos-Cebu City, University of Santo Tomas, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City, University of the Immaculate Conception – Davao City, University of the Philippines–Dilliman, University of the Visayas-Cebu, VMA Global College-Bacolod City and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.   (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Sept. 27, 2016)

TESDA Team Trabaho visits Dgte for exhibition game

By Roi Lomotan


Press con

Members of “Team Trabaho” (L-r) Noli Locsin, Jerry Cordiñera, former TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva, Alvin Patrimonio, Bal David and Rodney Santos answers question from the local media in a press conference on “Shoot for Your Dreams” basketball exhibition game held at Hotel Essencia, Dumaguete City on Jan. 25, 2016. (PIA7-Negros Oriental)


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) brought to Dumaguete City some of the country’s basketball superstars for an exhibition game dubbed “Shoot for your Dream” with the agency’s former head Joel Villanueva.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legends namely Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Cordiñera, Bal David, Rodney Santos, Bobby Jose, Kenneth Duremdes, Roger Yap and Marlou Aquino and Villanueva form the “Team Trabaho” who competed with top basketball players in Negros Oriental.

The event was held at the Macias Sports and Cultural Center in this city.

In a press briefing held before the event, Villanueva told members of the local press that Team Trabaho aims to inspire young people to pursue their dreams in life as well as to promote TESDA’s advocacy to help people earn a job through quality technical-vocational (tech-voc) education through this basketball event.

“The biggest challenge for the entire agency is to break the wrong perspective that the only way to succeed is to be a college graduate,” he said.

To address this, TESDA came up with some community based programs that will provide quality training to learners.

“There is a one-month training. If you’re trained on welding you get a welding machine, if you are trained on bread and pastry you get your own oven, because of this they are able to stand on their own,” the former TESDA chief noted.

In Negros Oriental, there are a total of 215, 000 tech-voc graduates in the province in the past five years.

Aside from this, he also disclosed that the employment rate for tech-voc graduates in Negros Oriental also rose from 28% to 72%.

“The future is secured when there is work,” he emphasized.

Team Trabaho already  visited several cities throughout the country to promote the advancement of tech-voc education. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at January 26, 2016)