THE Lamitan City and Maguindanao I school divisions were declared overall champions as they dominated in the secondary and elementary levels, respectively, in the just-concluded 27th Palarong Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association (Armmaa).
The Armmaa was held from March 6 to 10 in the municipality of Upi, Maguindanao.
Basilan’s Lamitan City division dominated in the week-long sports event at the secondary school level garnering 49 gold medals while Maguindanao I led the elementary school level with a total haul of 28 gold medals.
Maguindanao II placed second overall at the elementary level, with 20 gold medals, followed by Tawi-Tawi with 14 and Sulu with 11 to round up the top four placers.
In the secondary level, Maguindanao II bagged second place with 40 gold medals, Maguindanao I with 25 and Tawi-Tawi with 20.
Winners of this year’s special awards were Maguindanao I for the most disciplined delegation and Maguindanao II for the cleanest billet.
Dr. John Magno, Department of Education secretary in ARMM (DepEd-ARMM), said Palarong Armmaa is the department's way of promoting physical education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education Curriculum.
“Bad weather did not stop our best young athletes in the region from pushing this intense week of games,” Magno said.
“We really prepared for this year’s Palarong Armmaa, daily practice and team effort are the reasons why our division got the title,” Saudi Dalu, Lamitan City division superintendent, said.
The champions in the Palarong Armmaa will represent the region in the upcoming 2017 Palarong Pambansa scheduled from April 23 to 29 in Antique. The region is aiming for more medals this year.
In the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, Armm bagged three gold medals, four silver medals, and 10 bronze medals.
Armmaa has served as the training ground for the region’s promising athletes. (SunStar Philippines)