Ilocos Norte opens R1AA Meet with celebration of culture, history


Mar. 07, 2019 ...

As host province of the Region One Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet, Ilocos Norte welcomed over 10,300 delegates, guests, and spectators through a series of cultural performances at the Opening Ceremony last night, March 6, at the Marcos Memorial Stadium.

The program was highlighted by a depiction of the Ilocano epic, "Biag ni Lam-ang," mixing elements of music, dance, spoken word, and theatrics to bring the story to life. The performance was rendered by teachers under the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte, the Samiweng Singers of the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS), and dancers from the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals staged last February 2.

Following was a presentation of the life and heritage of Teofilo Yldefonso, the first Southeast Asian Olympian known for. He was born in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, on November 5, 1903, and was known as "The Ilocano Shark."

The program also included the opening salvo from the last "Tan-ok," as well as the winning performances of Nueva Era (grand champion) and the City of Batac (top three).

Ilocos Norte Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Vilma Eda shared that the preparations for the R1AA were "a manifestation of our love not only for sports, but more importantly for people who comprise the different delegations."

Meanwhile, Senior Provincial Board Member said, "We offer you the best of our culture that will inspire us to do more and be more for our communities," and reminded the athletes to "compete with respect, humility, and dignity."