The Philippine Sports Commission awarded the hosting rights of the Batang Pinoy national championships to the Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.
The sports agency will be sitting down with the local government of Puerto Prinsesa to finalize details of the Memorandum of Agreement for the event which is scheduled from Aug. 25 to 31.
“We have happily accepted the offer of Puerto Prinses to host the nationals,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez.
The Batang Pinoy national secretariat will meet up with Puerto Prinsesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron on May 23 to finalize the coastal island’s hosting.
About 10,000 athletes from previous qualifying legs in Tagum City, Iloilo City and Iligan City are expected to participate in the national championships and will compete in 21 sporting events like archery, arnis, athletics, boxing, dancesport, swimming and others.
Eleven other sports like billiards, cycling, gymnastics, judo and muay thai will have athletes going straight to finals.
Baguio City and the province of Benguet co-hosted last year’s staging of the Batang Pinoy national championships amid the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. Baguio City was rewarded with winning the overall title that year.