The schools of Cluster 5, Philippine National School for the Blind, Philippine School for the Deaf, and Pasay City SPED Center gathered together for the opening of the Cluster 5 Palaro 2018.

Cluster 5 schools welcomed the Palaro with energetic parade of all the schools’ delegates of athletes, officials, and coaches with the accompaniment of drum and lyre from Pasay City Sped Center. The parade was then followed by a simple yet inspiring program held at the PNSB covered court.

Dr. Rosalie R. Condes, Cluster 5 Supervisor, cited in her keynote message that above all, having a golden heart is more significant than the medals of gold, silver, and bronze that athletes can gain from the palaro. Furthermore, she added that having an upright character such as being disciplined and respectful to teachers and coaches are indispensable traits of a successful athlete.

Madam Leah Marcelo, principal of Pasay Sped Center heartily introduced each school’s athletes and coaches While Mrs. Corazon B. Salvador, OIC of Philippine National School for the Blind, led the official proclamation of the opening of the Cluster Palaro.

Selected athletes from Pasay Sped Center and Philippine School for the Deaf led the lighting of the torch which symbolizes unity. Goalball Captain, Dan Jorens Luzañes, led the oath of sportsmanship for the athletes.

While Cluster Focal Person, MS Larnie Lebuna, led the oath for officiating officials where they pledged to commit themselves to selfless service for developing the athletes to their fullest potentials.

The event concluded with the breath-taking exercise exhibition of Sir Pedro Gloriani, Senior Education Program Supervisor for Physical Education. His talk underscored the importance of staying physically fit by performing a regular exercise. He challenged everyone young and old alike to envelop daily exercise routine for better overall wellness.

As the event comes to a close, the para-athletes along with their coaches and officials extended their heartfelt gratitude to Sir Gloriani for his courageous efforts to lobby the securing of funds for athletes and coaches’ sports uniforms.

The entire para-athletes team of Pasay take pride in wearing their designated sportswear at the opening of cluster 5 Palaro.