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|Motto||Discipline, Teamwork, Excellence|
|First event||Manila, Philippines|
|Last event||2019 in Davao City|
|Organized by||DepEd (Department of Education)|
The Palarong Pambansa (Filipino for "National Games") is an annual multi-sport event involving student-athletes from 17 regions of the Philippines. The event, started in 1948, is organized and governed by the Department of Education.
Student-athletes from public and private schools at elementary and secondary levels can compete provided they qualified by winning at their regional meet. For young Filipino student-athletes, Palarong Pambansa is the culmination of school sports competition, which start with local school intramurals, followed by the congressional district, provincial, and regional athletic meets.
The objectives of the Palaro are:
The legal basis of the Palarong Pambansa is stipulated in the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution Article XIV, Section 19.
The first edition of the games 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. It continued yearly until it was cancelled in 1957 due to the death of President Ramon Magsaysay. In 1958, Tagbilaran, Bohol hosted the 10th edition of the game. The game was again cancelled in 1972 when President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law. In 1973, the last BPISAA which was held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
In 1974, the Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games was renamed Palarong Pambansa.
In 1980, 1984-1987 and 1999 Palarong Pambansa was not conducted. In 1980 Palarong Pambansa was substituted with another game called Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina. Between 1984 and 1987 the event's cancellation was due to the People Power Revolution.
Misamis Oriental and Negros Occidental have hosted Palarong Pambansa four times each, more than any other provinces. Misamis Oriental hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1988. Negros Occidental hosted the games in 1974, 1979, 1998 and 2000. Lingayen, Pangasinan has hosted three times, in 1959, 1999 and 2012.
Starting with the 2015 edition of the games, the Palarong Pambansa Board, which was created due to the Palarong Pambansa Law signed in May 2014, shall be mainly responsible for the preparation and conduct of the games. The board shall be the main policy-making and coordinating body of the annual tournament.
The regions participating in the annual Palarong Pambansa has become bigger as some regions have split. For instance, Southern Tagalog Regional Athletics Association (STRAA) represented the 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 are taking part in Palarong Pambansa as different teams or regions.
Creation of administrative and autonomous regions such as Bangsamoro (competing since the 2019 edition) and Cordillera Administrative Region and splitting of big region into new regions like the Southern Mindanao, Central Visayas and Western Visayas causes more teams. All these reasons made the 18 regions participating in Palarong Pambansa.
Defunct regions that has competed in the Palarong Pambansa include the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (which has been replaced by Bangsamoro) and the short-lived Negros Island Region.
A color coding system was introduced to uniquely identify each region based on their designated colors. Here are the participating regions with their assigned colors.
|BARMMAA||Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in 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|
|MRAA||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|
|SRAA||Region XII or Soccsksargen|
|CAA-RSC||Region XIII or Caraga Region|
Currently there are 20 sports disciplines and a special event being contested at the Palarong Pambansa. With the exception of archery (which is not played at the elementary level), competition at the events and disciplines are at the elementary and secondary levels.
In the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete, three demonstration sports were played. These were futsal,wushu and billiards. Below are sports competed at the Palarong Pambansa.
The Department of Education will plan to add more events by 2017, particularly for the people with special needs, including the 50-meter and 100-meter runs for athletics and chess for the blind.
Arnis was included among the priority sports in Palarong Pambansa and begun in 2010, in accordance to Republic Act No. 9850 in 2009, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
|Edition||Year||Host/Venue||Notes/Remarks||Ref / Notes|
|System||First Place||Second Place||Third Place|
|Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games|
|2nd||1949||Tuguegarao, Cagayan, R-2|
|3rd||1950||Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11|
|4th||1951||Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A|
|5th||1952||Legazpi, Albay, R-5|
|6th||1953||Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1|
|7th||1954||Cebu City, Cebu, R-7|
|8th||1955||Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6||February 27 - March 6, 1955|
|9th||1956||Batangas City, Batangas, R-4A|
|1957||Cancelled due to President Ramon Magsaysay's Death|
|10th||1958||Tagbilaran, Bohol, R-7|
|11th||1959||Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1|
|13th||1961||Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A|
|14th||1962||Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental, R-10|
|15th||1963||Roxas, Capiz, R-6|
|17th||1965||Tacloban, Leyte, R-8|
|18th||1966||Quezon City, NCR|
|19th||1967||Laoag, 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, Negros Occidental, R-6 2|
|1972||Cancelled due to declaration of martial law|
|24th||1973||Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1|
|25th||1974||Bacolod, Negros Occidental, R-6 2|
|26th||1975||Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, R-10|
|27th||1976||Lucena, Quezon, R-4A|
|28th||1977||Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, R-10|
|29th||1978||Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, R-10||[ citation needed ]|
|30th||1979||Bacolod, Negros Occidental, R-6 2|
|1980||Cancelled but substituted by Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina, National Capital Region|
|31st||1981||Tuguegarao, Cagayan, R-2|
|32nd||1982||Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9|
|33rd||1983||Tacloban, Leyte, R-8|
|1984-87||Cancelled due to assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and EDSA Revolution|
|34th||1988||Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, R-10||[ citation needed ]|
|35th||1989||Lucena, Quezon, R-4A|
|36th||1990||San Fernando, Pampanga, R-3|
|37th||1991||Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6|
|38th||1992||Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9|
|39th||1993||Ilagan, Isabela, R-2|
|40th||1994||Cebu City, Cebu, R-7|
|41st||1995||Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1|
|42nd||1996|| Koronadal, South Cotabato, R-12 |
General Santos City, South Cotabato, R-12
Province of Sarangani, R-12
|Point System||320 - National Capital Region (NCR)||223.75 - Western Visayas (R-6)||215 - Southern Mindanao|
|Medal Tally||86 - National Capital Region (NCR)||86 - Western Visayas (R-6)||47 - Southern Mindanao|
|43rd||1997||Legazpi, Albay, R-5|
|44th||1998||Bacolod, Negros Occidental, R-6 2||[ citation needed ]|
|45th||2000||Bacolod, Negros Occidental, R-6 2|
|2001||Scheduled in Tubod, Lanao del Norte but cancelled due to lack of funds and peace & order situation|
|46th||2002||Naga, Camarines Sur, R-5|
|47th||2003||Tubod, Lanao del Norte, R-10|
|2004||Cancelled due to 2004 National Elections|
|Palarong Pambansa Point System and Medal Tally1|
|48th||2005||Iloilo, Iloilo, R-6||Point System||638 - National Capital Region (NCR)||434 - Western Visayas (R-6)||411.1 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|49th||2006||Naga, Camarines Sur, R-5||Point System||512.67 - National Capital Region (NCR)||428 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||367.5 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|50th||2007||Koronadal, South Cotabato, R-12||Point System||640.4 - National Capital Region (NCR)||455 - Western Visayas (R-6)||332 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|51st||2008||Puerto Princesa, Palawan, R-4B||Point System||638 - National Capital Region (NCR)||434 - Western Visayas (R-6)||411.1 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|52nd||2009||Tacloban, Leyte, R-8||Point System||588.34 - National Capital Region (NCR)||460.17 - Western Visayas (R-6)||382.5 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|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)|
|54th||2011||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9||Point System||572.66 - National Capital Region (NCR)||479.50 - Western Visayas (R-6)||429.50 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|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)|
|Medal Tally||114 - National Capital Region (NCR)||47 - Western Visayas (R-6)||27 - Calabarzon (R-4A)|
|56th||2013||Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, R-7 2||Point System||596.5 - National Capital Region (NCR)||446.34 - Western Visayas (R-6)||333 - Central Visayas (R-7)|
|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)|
|Medal Tally||107 - National Capital Region (NCR)||38 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||32 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|58th||2015||Tagum, Davao del Norte, R-11||Point System||TBA - National Capital Region (NCR)||TBA - Calabarzon (R-4A)||TBA - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|Medal Tally||236 - National Capital Region (NCR)||141 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||131 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|59th||2016 3||Legazpi, Albay, R-5||Medal Tally||209 - National Capital Region (NCR)||142 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||109 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|60th||2017||San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, R-6||Medal Tally||209 - National Capital Region (NCR)||155 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||107 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|61st||2018||Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1||Medal Tally||220 - National Capital Region (NCR)||178 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||146 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|62nd||2019||Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11||Medal Tally||213 - National Capital Region (NCR)||188 - Calabarzon (R-4A)||147 - Western Visayas (R-6)|
|Future Palarong Pambansa|
|2020 4,5||Cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic|
|63rd||2021 5||Marikina, NCR||To be determined|
|64th||2022||Bacolod, Negros Occidental, R-6||To be determined|
|65th||2023||Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, R-5||To be determined|
|66th||2024||Mindanao||Possible venues (to be announced in October 2022)|
|67th||2024||Bocaue, Bulacan, R-3||To be determined|
|Host City/Municipality||Event Hosted|
|Bacolod, Negros Occidental||5|
|Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental||4|
|Iloilo City, Iloilo||3|
|Naga, Camarines Sur||3|
|Vigan, Ilocos Sur||3|
|Manila, Metro Manila||2|
|Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur||2|
|Cebu City, Cebu||2|
|Koronadal, South Cotabato a||2|
|Davao City, Davao del Sur||2|
|Marikina, Metro Manila b||1|
|Cavite City, Cavite||1|
|Batangas City, Batangas||1|
|Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental||1|
|Pasig, Metro Manila||1|
|Quezon City, Metro Manila||1|
|Laoag, Ilocos Norte||1|
|Pili, Camarines Sur||1|
|Surigao City, Surigao del Norte||1|
|Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte||1|
|San Fernando, Pampanga||1|
|Tubod, Lanao del Norte||1|
|Puerto Princesa, Palawan||1|
|San Jose, Tarlac||1|
|Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||1|
|Dumaguete, Negros Oriental||1|
|Santa Cruz, Laguna||1|
|Tagum, Davao del Norte||1|
|San Jose de Buenavista, Antique||1|
|Host Province||Event Hosted|
|Negros Occidental (R-6)||5|
|Metro Manila (NCR) ac||5|
|Misamis Oriental (R-10)||4|
|Camarines Sur (R-5)||4|
|Ilocos Sur (R-1)||3|
|Zamboanga del Sur (R-9)||2|
|South Cotabato (R-12) b||2|
|Zamboanga del Norte (R-9)||2|
|Davao del Sur (R-11)||2|
|Misamis Occidental (R-10)||1|
|Ilocos Norte (R-1)||1|
|Surigao del Norte (R-13)||1|
|Lanao del Norte (R-10)||1|
|Negros Oriental (R-7)||1|
|Davao del Norte, (R-11)||1|
|Host Region||Event Hosted|
|Bicol Region (R-5)||10|
|Western Visayas (R-6)||10|
|Ilocos Region (R-1)||7|
|Northern Mindanao (R-10)||6|
|National Capital Region (NCR) a||5|
|Central Visayas (R-7)||4|
|Zamboanga Peninsula (R-9)||4|
|Cagayan Valley (R-2)||3|
|Eastern Visayas (R-8)||3|
|Davao Region (R-11)||3|
|Central Luzon (R-3)||2|
|Caraga Region (R-13)||1|
|Host Inter-Island||Event Hosted|
|Luzon (NCR) a||29 (5)|
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