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Friday, January 01, 2010


In the field of sports, Olongapeños showed what they are made of. In fact, 2009 has been a big and exciting year for the people because of the sports-related programs available for them through the ‘HELPS Program’.

In January 2009, the 1st Gordon’s Cup Inter-Department Tournament was launched, followed by the National Milo Marathon and the 9th Olongapo City YMCA Age Group Chess Tournament where over three hundred (300) elementary, high school and college level chess masters participated.

On March, the 1st Mayor Gordon’s Cup Bike-a-thon 2009 was launched followed by the 1st Mayor James Gordon, Jr.’s Cup Handicapping Ten-Ball Tournament and the Olongapo City Drivers Basketball League where the city’s jeepney and tricycle drivers’ associations were the main participants.

During summer or the month of April came the Milo Sports Clinic. Over one thousand (1,000) boys and girls alike joined and learned different sports like swimming, football, basketball, volleyball and chess.

In May, different barangays displayed skills, talents and strength in the 2nd Mayor Gordon Barangay Olympic Festival: “Sports for Peace, Teamwork and Excellence”. There were also a lot of young men who manifested promise in boxing through the ‘Programang Paboksing ni Mayor James Gordon, Jr. in the seventeen (17) barangays in Olongapo.

Meanwhile, even in other places, Olongapeños showed and proved its power in the field of sports. In fact, at the ‘1st Angeles City Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament’ in Angeles City, Olongapo players competed and emerged over-all champion.

Olongapo City’s best swimmers also showed their stability at the ‘1st Grassroots Swimming Tournament’ and not to be counted out is the Olongapo City Football Team which competed at the ‘Friendship Cup – Army Reserved Command’ held in September.

In October, the city’s bets boxed a la Manny Pacquiao at the ‘3rd Handog ni Mayor Francis Nepomuceno Twin Fiesta Amateur Boxing Matches’ held in Angeles City while over five hundred (500) hurdlers and runners joined the ‘5th Olongapo Marathon’ and the ‘1st Bong Gordon Age Group Open Badminton Tournament’ held in November.

Olongapeño players at Brent International School ‘Football Festival-Football Tournament’ were also invited to participate at the ‘14th National Alaska Cup’ Football Tournament at Ayala, Alabang, Metro-Manila and at the Olongapo City Football Festival (age group).

As directed by Mayor Gordon, the field of Sports in Olongapo will be much more intensified in 2010.

Mayor Bong Gordon fires the starting gun during the ‘National Milo Marathon’ of 2009. Over five hundred (500) runners joined the event. (Photo/Caption Courtesy of PAO)


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