DAGUPAN CITY – The Bangus Festival Sports Week officially started before the long weekend with the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) National Championships held on Tondaligan Blue Beach. This was followed on Saturday by the simultaneous Chess Championships, Swimming Long Course Championship, and Badminton Invitational Tournament.
On Sunday, iconic volleyball players in the country, including “Phenom of Philippine Volleyball” Alyssa Valdez, conducted a free high training seminar for at least 300 Dagupenos who were interested to learn beach volleyball.
“By creating competitions like these, we further enhance and develop the skills of our children,” Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said. “We are planning to make Dagupan a city of sports. Just yesterday, I talked with the BVR and I told them I want to train more children in Dagupan City as far as indoor and beach volleyball is concerned.”
Congressman Christopher de Venecia also visited the city on Saturday.
“I saw that our kids were really excited to compete in the BTF Sports Competition this morning…It is in each and every one of you to excel in these competitions.” De Venecia said.
The Mayor’s Cup BTF DOES IT: Sports Competition week is among the first in the lineup of events for the citywide Bangus Festival which takes on a family-oriented theme this year.
*BVR founder praises Bonuan beach*
Volleyball player and coach Maria Rosario “Charo” Soriano, who is one of the founders of BVR, was one of the contenders in the semi-finals of the championships held in Bonuan Beach.
During one of her playoffs, Soriano expressed her admiration for the beach, which she has visited for two consecutive years in the BVR on tour.
“Tondaligan Blue Beach is so beautiful and so clean. I am also very happy that the LGU is supportive of all sports, not only beach volleyball. I hope more people can come here and appreciate what Tondaligan Blue Beach has to offer,” she said. (Zarena Amado/CIO)