The Palawan Provincial Government together with various national government agencies will hold the Indigenous People’s (IP) Games later this month.
The Provincial Capitol teamed up with the Philippine Sports Commission, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Tourism, Local Government Units, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police to carry out the event.
The Indigenous People’s Games will be held on July 26 to 27 at the Puerto Princesa City Sports Complex, which will be joined by various tribes from different municipalities in the province.
“Dito ay magkakaroon ng iba’t ibang traditional sports na kung saan ay maipapamalas ang yaman ng kultura ng mga katutubo at maipapakita nila ang kani-kanilang cultural identity o pagkakakilanlan,” the province said.
The IP Games aims to hone the skills of the youth when it comes to their traditional sports and games and show the camaraderie and unity through sports.
“Taun-taon ay nagsasagawa tayo ng mga IP Games or Tribal Games sa Pilipinas na ang main objective is to preserve the traditional sports and games of IPs in the Philippines and also to promote peace, unity and harmony among different IPs. We also identify the potential talent in sports among IPs particularly the youth,” said Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey from Philippine Sports Commission.
The IP Leaders will choose who will represent their respective tribes based on the skills and capacity of their players.
“Bukod naman sa IP Traditional Sports and Games Competition, magkakaroon din ng isang Forum na dadaluhan ng mga estudyante, mga guro at mga empleyado mula sa munisipyo at isang Photo Exhibit Contest na maaaring lahukan ng mga amateur at professional photographers,” said the province.