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The Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy or simply Batang Pinoy (lit. Filipino Youth) is the national youth sports competition of the Philippines for athletes under 15 years old. Unlike the Palarong Pambansa a competition for student athletes, the Batang Pinoy also includes the out-of-school youth.

 

History

The Batang Pinoy was established through the Executive Order No. 44 which was signed by then President Joseph Estrada in December 2, 1988.[1] The first edition was held in Bacolod in 1999.[3] From then, the games were held annually with Santa Cruz, Laguna[4] (2000), Bacolod[5] (2001) Puerto Princesa[6] (2002) hosting the next three editions. The 2002 and prior editions, were for athletes of 12 years and below.[6]

In 2003, the Philippine Sports Commission decided to put the competition, along with its other national competitions, on hold so the sports body could reallocate funds to the national teams' stint at the Southeast Asian Games.[7] The Batang Pinoy was held again in 2011, and is held annually since then.[8]

 

Editions

 

No.

 YearMain Host
1st1999Bacolod
2nd2000Santa Cruz, Laguna
3rd2001Bacolod
4th2002Puerto Princesa
 2003-2010Not held
5th2011Naga, Camarines Sur
6th2012Iloilo City
7th2013*Bacolod
8th2014
9th2015Cebu City
10th[9]2016Tagum