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Palarong Pambansa

Palarong Pambansa
Motto Discipline, Teamwork, Excellence
First event Manila, Philippines
Occur every Annually
Last event 4–10 May 2014 Santa Cruz, Laguna
Website DepEd

The Palarong Pambansa (dubbed "National Games") is an annual multi-sporting event involving student-athletes from 17 regions of the DepEd.

Student-athletes from private and non-private schools from elementary and secondary levels are legitimately can joined the national event as long as they are qualified and they are regional champions.

Started in 1948, the Palarong Pambansa Program is an annual multi-level national scholastic athletic competition conducted by the DepEd and participated in by elementary and secondary students from both public and private schools. It is the culmination of sports activities in Philippines schools, which start with local school intramurals, followed by the district, division, and regional athletic meets.

The objectives of the Palaro are: (1)to promote Physical Education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education curriculum for holistic development of the youth; (2) inculcate the spirit of discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, sportsmanship, and other values inherent in sports; (3) promote and achieve peace by means of sports; (4) widen the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary pupils and secondary students to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Association (NSA) for international competitions; and provide a database for a valid and universal basis to further improve the school sports development programs.

The legal basis of the Palarong Pambansa is stipulated in the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution Article XIV, Section 19.


  • History 1
  • Participating Regions 2
  • Sports 3
  • Palarong Pambansa Edition Summary 4
  • List of Host 5
    • By City/Municipality 5.1
    • By Province 5.2
    • By Region 5.3
    • By Inter-Island 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The first game was held in Manila in 1948. Before it was called "Palarong Pambansa", it was dubbed as Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games or (BPISAA). Then it continuous yearly until it was cancelled in 1957 because of the death of President Ramon Magsaysay. In 1958, Tagbilaran, Bohol hosted the 10th edition of the game. The game was also cancelled in 1972 when President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines. In 1973, it was the last BPISAA which was held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

In 1974, the Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games or (BPISAA) was renamed "Palarong Pambansa". And up to this day, it was still named as Palarong Pambansa.

Some uncertain events that led the cancellation of Palarong Pambansa happened. These were in the years of 1980, 1984-1987 and 1999 . Palarong Pambansa 1980 was cancelled because it was substituted by another game called Palarong Bagong Lipunan. While in 1984-1987, it was due to People Power Revolution.

Misamis Oriental and Negros Occidental hosted the most number of the Palarong Pambansa. The two provinces hosted the game four times. Misamis Oriental hosted Palarong Pambansa in 1975, 1977, 1978 and in 1988. While Negros Occidental hosted the game in years - 1974, 1979, 1998 and 2000. While Lingayen, Pangasinan hosted three times in years - 1959, 1999 and 2012.[1]

Participating Regions

Regions participating in the annual Palarong Pambansa became bigger in numbers as some regions were split and became another region. For instance, Southern Tagalog Regional Athletics Association or STRAA represented the ten (10) provinces of Southern Tagalog in the later Palarong Pambansa. But it was divided into two which is now Region 4-A or the CALABARZON region and Region 4-B or the MIMAROPA region. Both regions are taking part in Palarong Pambansa as different teams or regions.

Creation of administrative and autonomous regions such as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Cordillera Administrative Region and splitting of big region into new regions like the Southern Mindanao causes more teams. All these reasons made the seventeen (17) regions participating in Palarong Pambansa.

Code Name
ARMMAA Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
CARAA Cordillera Administrative Region
NCRAA National Capital Region
R1AA Region I or Ilocos Region
CAVRAA Region II or Cagayan Valley
CLRAA Region III or Central Luzon
STCAA Region IV-A or Southern Tagalog - CALABARZON
MIMAROPAA Region IV-B or Southern Tagalog - MIMAROPA
BRAA Region V or Bicol Region
WVRAA Region VI or Western Visayas
CVRAA Region VII Central Visayas
EVRAA Region VIII or Eastern Visayas
ZPRAA Region IX or Zamboanga Peninsula
NMRAA Region X or Northern Mindanao
DAVRAA Region XI or Davao Region


Seventeen (17) sports are being contested at the Palarong Pambansa annually. All sports are competed in Elementary and secondary levels except for archery which is not played in Elementary level.

In 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, three (3) demonstration sports were played. These were futsal,[2] wushu and billiards. Below are sports competed at the Palarong Pambansa.


  1. 2013 demonstration sports

Arnis was also included among the priority sports in Palarong Pambansa (National Games) and begun in 2010, in accordance to Republic Act No. 9850 in 2009, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[3]

Palarong Pambansa Edition Summary

Edition Year Host/Venue Notes/Remarks Ref
System First Place Second Place Third Place
1st 1948 City of Manila, NCR
2nd 1949 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
3rd 1950 Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11
4th 1951 Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
5th 1952 Legaspi City, Albay, R-5
6th 1953 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
7th 1954 Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
8th 1955 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6
9th 1956 Batangas City, Batangas, R-4A
1957 Cancelled due to President Ramon Magsaysay's Death
10th 1958 Tagbilaran City, Bohol, R-7
11th 1959 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
12th 1960 City of Manila, NCR
13th 1961 Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
14th 1962 Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, R-10
15th 1963 Roxas City, Capiz, R-6
16th 1964 Pasig City, NCR
17th 1965 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
18th 1966 Quezon City, NCR
19th 1967 Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, R-1
20th 1968 Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
21st 1969 Pili, Camarines Sur, R-5
22nd 1970 Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, R-13
23rd 1971 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-6
1972 Cancelled due to declaration of Martial Law
24th 1973 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
25th 1974 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-6
26th 1975 Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
27th 1976 Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
28th 1977 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
29th 1978 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10 [4]
30th 1979 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-6
1980 Cancelled but substituted by Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina City, National Capital Region
31st 1981 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
32nd 1982 Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9
33rd 1983 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
1984-87 Cancelled due to assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and EDSA Revolution
34th 1988 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10 [5]
35th 1989 Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
36th 1990 San Fernando City, Pampanga, R-3
37th 1991 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6
38th 1992 Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
39th 1993 Ilagan City, Isabela, R-2
40th 1994 Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
41st 1995 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
42nd 1996 Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12
General Santos City, South Cotabato, R-12
Province of Sarangani, R-12
43rd 1997 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
44th 1998 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-6 [6]
1999 Cancelled
45th 2000 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-6
2001 Scheduled in Tubod, Lanao del Norte but cancelled due to lack of funds and peace & order situation
46th 2002 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
47th 2003 Tubod, Lanao del Norte, R-10
2004 Cancelled due to 2004 National Elections
48th 2005 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6 Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
49th 2006 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5 Point System 512.67 - National Capital Region (NCR) 428 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 367.5 - Western Visayas (R-6)
Medal Tally
50th 2007 Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12 Point System 640.4 - National Capital Region (NCR) 455 - Western Visayas (R-6) 332 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
51st 2008 Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, R-4B Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
52nd 2009 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8 Point System 588.34 - National Capital Region (NCR) 460.17 - Western Visayas (R-6) 382.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
53rd 2010 San Jose, Tarlac, R-3 Point System 643 - National Capital Region (NCR) 432.67 - Western Visayas (R-6) 404.67 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [7]
Medal Tally
54th 2011 Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9 Point System 572.66 - National Capital Region (NCR) 479.50 - Western Visayas (R-6) 429.50 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [8]
Medal Tally 77 - National Capital Region (NCR) 51 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 49 - Western Visayas (R-6)
55th 2012 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1 Point System 733 - National Capital Region (NCR) 452 - Western Visayas (R-6) 335.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [9][10]
Medal Tally 114 - National Capital Region (NCR) 47 - Western Visayas (R-6) 27 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
56th 2013 Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, R-7 Point System 596.5 - National Capital Region (NCR) 446.34 - Western Visayas (R-6) 333 - Central Visayas (R-7) [11]
Medal Tally 114 - National Capital Region (NCR) 78 - Western Visayas (R-6) 38 - Northern Mindanao (R-10)
57th 2014 Santa Cruz, Laguna, R-4A Point System TBA - National Capital Region (NCR) TBA - CALABARZON (R-4A) TBA - Western Visayas (R-6) [12][13]
Medal Tally 107 - National Capital Region (NCR) 38 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 32 - Western Visayas (R-6)
58th 2015 Mindanao Possible Venues (To be announced on October 2014)
Tagum City, Davao del Norte (R-11)[14]
Koronadal City, South Cotabato (R-12)[15]
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental (R-10)
Caraga Region (Co-Host: 2 provinces, 3 cities)[16]
Tubod, Lanao del Norte (R-10)[17]
59th 2016 Luzon Possible Venues (To be announced on October 2015)
Guinobatan, Albay (R-5)[18]
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (R-2)
Lingayen, Pangasinan (R-1)
Naga City, Camarines Sur (R-5)
San Fernando, Pampanga (R-3)
Bocaue, Bulacan (R-3)
60th 2017 Visayas Possible Venues (To be announced on October 2016)
Cebu City, Cebu (R-7)
Tacloban City, Leyte (R-8)
Iloilo City, Iloilo (R-6)
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental (R-6)
61st 2018 Luzon Possible Venues (To be announced on October 2017)
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (R-4B)
62nd 2019 Mindanao Possible Venues (To be announced on October 2018)
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte (R-13)
Tagum City, Davao del Norte (R-11)

Note: Hosting of Palarong Pambansa is from Luzon and then Visayas and then back to Luzon and then Mindanao. This order will be repeated. If Visayas have no bids to host the Palaro, then Mindanao will have the rights to host and/or vice versa. If Luzon have no bids, Metro Manila will be going to host the Palaro.

List of Host

See also


  1. ^ "Pangasinan wins bid to host 2012 Palarong Pambansa". November 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Futsal debuts as demo sport in Palaro 2013". April 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lizares, George. "Arnis now a national sport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1978 Palarong Pambansa". November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "1988 Palarong Pambansa". November 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "1998 Centennial Palarong Pambansa, Bacolod". September 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Thousands to join Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac". February 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2011 Palarong Pambansa Official Final Results by Points". August 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Final Results as of May 6-8". May 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Results (Final Medal Tally)". May 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Palarong Pambansa 2013 Finals Results Medal Standings (Video)". April 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Laguna, host ng 2014 Palarong Pambansa". October 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ . May 10, 2014 
  14. ^ "With new stadium in place, Davao del Norte revives Palaro hosting bid". November 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Caraga to bid for 2015 Palaro". 
  17. ^ "Palarong Pambansa evaluators impressed with Lanao del Norte’s sporting facilities". 
  18. ^ "Albay likely to host Palarong Pambansa before 2016, said Salceda". May 20, 2014. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Venues for Palarong Pambansa
  • 2013 Palarong Pambansa Special Coverage by
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