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Photo caption: PSC officials led by Commissioners Celia Hicarte-Kiram (3rd from left) and Charles Raymond A. Maxey (5th from left) pose with Ifugao governor Pedro G. Mayam-o after their courtesy visit in connection with the staging of the 1st Ifugao Indigenous Sports Day here which will open tomorrow until Saturday. PSC PHOTO

1st Ifugao Tribal games set

LAGAWE, Ifugao province - It's all systems go for the opening of the 1st Ifugao Indigenous Sports Day at the Provincial Central Park here starting tomorrow until Sunday.

With a theme, "Our Indigenous Sports, Our Heritage" the event will draw elementary and high school students competing in 13 traditional games which include Bangngunan, Bultung, Hanggul, Hinnukting, Ug-gub, Munbayu, Ab-abba, Akkad, Guyyudan, Kadang-kadang, Labba race, Batawel Relay, and Marathon relay.

PSC officials led by Commissioners Celia Hicarte-Kiram and Charles Raymond A. Maxey on Thursday morning met with Ifugao governor Pedro G. Mayam-o at his office for a courtesy visit as final preparations are being undertaken for a smooth staging of the Indigenous Games.

Mayam-o expressed his grattitude to the Commissioners Kiram and Maxey and to PSC for extending its help for the 1st Ifugao Indigenous Sports Day.

"We wanted to expose our traditional games to the world. We are thankful that the PSC made it possible," Mayam-o said.

Kiram, also oversight Commissioner for Gender and Development (GAD), for her part, said she intends to expose the traditional sports games in other areas.

"We can conduct these Ifugao traditional games regularly," Kiram said.

Maxey, meanwhile, underscored the importance of this activity.

"This is the preservation of heritage and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples," he added.

Maxey is the oversight Commissioner of Indigenous Games.

Cash prizes and medals await the winners in all games.

Lagawen Mayor is also expected to grace the activity Martin L. Habawel, Jr.