A 15-member Batang Pinoy delegation coming from an Indigenous Peoples community in Davao del Norte is here in Manila as the Philippine Sports Commission hosts several volleyball exhibition games at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Composed of 10 secondary girl players from the Ata-Manobo tribe, two coaches, two chaperons and a school administrator, the delegation arrived on Sunday afternoon in Manila.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who watched the girls play in the gold medal match in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao qualifying early this year, personally invited the team to Manila.
Ramirez said he was impressed with the skills of the girls.
PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, who oversees Mindanao for the agency, said bringing the Talaingod girls volleyball team’s act to Manila is part of agency’s mandate of advancing the grassroots sports program and fulfilling President Duterte’s mandate for an inclusive sports program.
“This exposure is part of Chairman Butch Ramirez’s instructions to provide a good exposure and experience for the team which can help them develop their skills in their sport,” Maxey said.
The commission partnered with the Rebisco Volleyball League organizers for the exhibition games.
The Talaingod girls volleyball team had scheduled exhibition games with high-school teams from US-Hawaii and Thailand.
Members of the Talaingod team received sports equipment and apparel, such as shoes and shirts from the PSC.
Arlyn Murillo, a school administrator in Talaingod, thanked PSC for its support.
“The girls trained for these games. We will see how they will fare out,” she said.
The Talaingod girls clinched the silver medal in the Batang Pinoy National Finals in Puerto Princesa last August. They won gold in the Mindanao leg.
Date: November 27, 2019 | Newspaper: Business Mirror | Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/26/talaingod-girls-get-to-play-foreign-teams/