Sirib Basketball Tournament returns, promotes active lifestyle among youth

Mar 15, 2019 ...

In a bid to continue encouraging an active lifestyle, physical fitness, and overall well-being of Ilocanos, the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) will re-launch the Sirib Basketball Tournament (SBT) this Sunday, March 17, at the Centennial Arena in Laoag City.

The premier provincial basketball game was introduced in early 2016, but was put on hiatus for the next two years due to budgetary constraints.

Local Youth Development Officer Mr. Willie Jake Sib-at shared, "Alam natin na talagang pinaka-inaabangan at pinakapatok ang sports fest, particularly for basketball, mas lalo na sa mga kabataan... Hopefully ma-implement namin ito yearly, kasi natigil ito ng two years. Sana in the next coming years, may budget na ito aside from the Ilocos Norte Youth Games (INYo Games)."

The INYo Games is a yearly summer sporting event, gathering participants from all towns and cities of Ilocos Norte for a variety of tournaments, including mainstream team sports as well as traditional games.

The SBT Championship is set for April 27, with the top teams from the two districts of the province battling it out for a trophy as well as other prizes and incentives.

In 2016, Laoag City garnered the SBT championship with Bacarra and Pasuquin as first and second runners-up, respectively. All three are from the first district of Ilocos Norte.

Sib-at highlighted that the game is the labor of collaborative efforts of the different provincial offices such as INYDO, IN Sports and Development Office, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, as well as the participation of Senior Provincial Board Member (SPBM) Matthew Marcos Manotoc.

"Aside from education and youth development, he [SPBM Manotoc] is also very enthusiastic in promoting healthy lifestyle to Ilocanos through sports," he noted.

The majority of Manotoc's legislation have been geared towards youth development, such as the institutionalization of the Sirib Athletic and Senior High School (SHS) scholarships; the yearly Sirib Awards, a provincial youth recognition program; the regulation of boardinghouses; regulation of nutritious foods being sold within different schools; and the mandate for city and municipal youth development offices to counterpart the INYDO.

He had emphasized before the importance of "well-rounded" physical and mental health play an important role in assuring the maximum productivity of any person, hence his priorities for holistic youth development.

by Blessing Angel Agliam

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