DAVRAA showcases ‘healing effects of sports to Davao Oriental’ – Guv

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, City of Mati Mayor Carlo Rabat and members of the Sangguniang Bayan of the City of Mati led the releasing of balloons during the DAVRAA Meet Opening Ceremonies

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, City of Mati Mayor Carlo Rabat and members of the Sangguniang Bayan of the City of Mati led the releasing of balloons during the DAVRAA Meet Opening Ceremonies

Province of Davao Oriental – as Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet 2015 draws unity, sportsmanship and resiliency through competitive games to the City of Mati, for Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, celebrating sports festivals like these ‘signals the Province’s recovery from the challenges brought by the aftermath of the Typhoon Pablo.’

“I would like to celebrate sports in terms of the effects it could bring to those who engage in it,” said the governor as she delivered her message during the Meet’s Opening Ceremonies on February 24, 2015 at Mati Centennial Sports Complex.

The City of Mati "Eagles" in their welcome parade at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex.

The City of Mati “Eagles” in their welcome parade at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex.

DAVRAA is an annual regional sporting event that gathered approximately 5,000 delegates from Davao City, Tagum City, Mati City, Panabo City, Digos City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostella Valley Province and Island Garden City of Samal. This year’s DAVRAA Meet assembled almost 4,000 student athletes, 600 coaches, 600 technical officials and support chaperons.

Governor Malanyaon encouraged delegates to observe what the province gained so far and to witness how the province is healing from the ‘wounds of the natural disaster’.

Governor Malanyaon gives her message at the DAVRAA Opening Ceremonies

Governor Malanyaon gives her message at the DAVRAA Opening Ceremonies

“This event has a deeper meaning to Davao Oriental because it showcases the healing effect of sports,” said Governor Malanyaon emphasizing that “sport heals the body and soul, the display of physical prowess shows not only freedom from any form of illness but showcases the pinnacle of health and well-being.”

“Hence, sports represent a symbolism of healing for the province,” she clinched.

According to Governor Malanyaon the breakthroughs achieved so far by the province are the manifestations of the healing, by witnessing the marked differences of the three hard-hit towns in Baganga, Cateel and Boston.

“We have not only recovered but also bounced back with more strength in development.”

Selected teachers gave a mass perfom at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex during the DAVRAA Opening Ceremonies

Selected teachers gave a mass perfom at the Mati Centennial Sports Complex during the DAVRAA Opening Ceremonies

According to her, development projects like the Aliwagwag Nature Park and the Aragon Dam in Cateel, the Sunrise Booulevard in Baganga, Pusan point in Caraga revealed that people in Davao Oriental were not defeated by challenges. She also said that the completion of tourist loops that link the natural and cultural heritage of Davao Oriental is near.

“We have enhanced our eco-parks from Boston to Pusan Point in Caraga to the tip of Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso,” said Governor Malanyaon.

She invited everyone to see the majestic sight of Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Site from Baywalk and immerse in the experience of the richness of natural and cultural heritage at Subangan Museum.

“We have not only healed but bounced back with resolve and dignity.”

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Skim Boarding International Champion Sonny Boy ‘Bayogyog’ Aporbo runs holding the torch to light the cauldron signalling the opening of the 2015 DAVRAA opening

Moreover, the Governor admired sports also because of its unifying effect. According to her, it unifies races, social status and differences. She cited a case about sport published by Princeton University on the effects of every Manny Pacquiao’s fight to the Filipino People. She quoted “he literally shuts down the entire nation of the Philippines whenever he fights… everyone has their attention and positive vibes on their fellow countryman for at least 1 hour,” stressing the ‘borderlessness’ of sports.

She said that people celebrate sports also because of its humbling effect. She believed that one of the significant values of sports is how the elders teach the young to handle defeats more than victories. She reminded everybody that for any fair play, defeat is temporary and you can always bounce back for the next match.

“The humbling effect of sports teaches us how to be resilient,” said Governor Malanyaon.

She congratulated the Government of Mati City for taking the challenge of hosting DAVRAA 2015 with comfort. She also thanked the officials and working force of DAVRAA, principals and teachers of the Department of Education and all agencies and organizations who collaborated for this ‘huge learning activity’.

“Sports can be more than just playing, it heals us, it unifies us and it makes us resilient for the challenges of life,” Governor Malanyaon concludes. By Van Jorain O. Rufin

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