BY: JUSEPH ELAS
Mayor Climaco(left) recognizing DepEd Manager Peter Natividad (right) for regaining
the crown in the recently concluded ZPRAA Meet 2014 during a press conference.
After regaining the crown in the recently concluded Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet 2014, Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar lauded the Zamboanga delegation Monday, March 03, 2014, on a press conference.
Climaco said that the winning of the Zamboanga delegation along with Mark Barroca’s Most Valuable Player (VMP) victory in the recently concluded PBA all Filipino Philippine cup and in the conduct of the 77th Dia De Zamboanga activities “are milestones that give us inspiration and hope.”
The Zamboanga delegation was Composed Of Teacher-Coaches From Different Schools In The City And Was Led By Department Of Education (Deped) Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Peter Natividad.
Climaco congratulated Natividad and [coaches of] team Zamboanga “for guiding our children.” She continued saying “they showed us the resiliency that despite of the unavailability of the grandstand, the students, the athletes among themselves, found a way for them to really play hard and work hard.”
“The message that we want to send to other delegations is that despite the crisis, Zamboanga was not moved,” Natividad said. He also said that Team Zamboanga’s battlecry and yell during the games is ‘Levanta Zamboanga!’
In hindsight, the crisis that struck the city last year displaced many civilians living in Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Mariki, and Rio Hondo. They were then placed at grandstand that made the complex unavailable for sports-related purposes up to the present time.
Team Zamboanga garnered a cumulative total score of 573.67 in the said sports activity held in Dipolog, placing the team on top of the other delegations.
“We were able to garner 240.67 points in the elementary and 333 points in the secondary level,” Natividad said breaking down the total score Team Zamboanga garnered.
Natividad said that in the previous years, the host city dominated the ZPRAA meet in terms of number of wins. However, he proved this wrong after winning saying “what we are showing to them is that even out of our home court, we always give our best.”
Natividad is also proud to say that “despite the absence of the track oval, this is the first time for several years that athletics boys and girls secondary regained [the crown] perhaps because they were trained on a soil-type of oval.”
Team Zamboanga is composed of both private and public institutions and both elementary and secondary levels that all came in solidarity to bring honor and glory to their beloved city.