Green horn Ilocos United had showed it got what it takes to be in the class of the country’s better teams as it eked out draw with seasoned Davao Aguilas, 1-all, at the swank Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur recently. Skipper John Kanayama converted his penalty kick in the 78th minute to give Ilocos United its first point in the maiden season of Philippine Football League that replaced the United Football League. 19-year old Fil-Belgian Dylan de Bruycker eluded several defenders before drawing first blood for the Aguilas in the 50th minute. “Ilocos United’s result is very encouraging, especially if taken against the backdrop that Ilocanos have never been known to be good football players or plain enthusiasts,” Gov. Ryan Singson said. Singson bared, “Our forming the Ilocos United FC was founded on the notion that Filipinos can be highly competitive in international football considering that height is not a factor in this sport.” To prop up his team in the long run, Singson has embarked on a province-wide football development program with also a view to pushing football to rival basketball as the top sport in Ilocos Sur. The Ilocos United FC mentored by Scot Ian Gillian will play a pivotal role in the program. For starters, United in coordination with the Provincial Sports Committee will conduct clinics three times a week at the Quirino pitch. Eventually all the schools in the province will be covered. The friendly pitting the Philippine Azkals against Australian Perth Glory July of last year kindled the football fever in Ilocos Sur. “Not too far in the future, Ilocos Sur will emerge as one of the centers for football excellence in the country and a host of Ilocanos will be strutting their wares in the professional football league, “Singson concluded.
BANTAY, ILOCOS SUR -The weeklong Region 1 Athletic Association meet that attracted some 8,000 delegates formally kicked off with spectacular rites presided over by host province Ilocos Sur’s Gov. Ryan Singson at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium here Saturday. Gov. Singson together with the officials of other provinces and DepEd officials hoisted the R1AA flag followed by raising of flags of the 14 delegations to signal the start of competition. He said that hosting the meet is part of the many sports related activities of the province to raisefurther the bar of sports programs for the best interest of its people, especially the youth. Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) Training Director Mark Albert Velasco who represented Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez was amazed by Ilocos Sur’s hosting of the R1AA 2017 because of the state of the art football field and other sports facilities. "Kami nga doon sa PSI, walang ganito kagandang stadium. That is why I am very thankful for the support of Gov. Ryan to the PSI" said Velasco as he bared that Ilocos Sur is designated as center for sports training in the region. Gov. Ryan Singson, Vice Governor Jeremias Singson and members of the provincial board warmly welcomed the delegations and offered a convenient and meaningful stay here in the heritage province. Receiving the R1AA banner from Mayor Joseres Resuello of previous host San Carlos CIty, Gov Singson said that this activity proves to be the most memorable as the Quirino Stadium underwent a tremendous change to make it more suitable to major sports events. R1AA 2017 serves as jumping board of Ilocos Sur's bid to host the Palarong Pambansa the previous host San Carlos City in 2018.
Highways overlooking the West Philippine Sea, majestic mountain ranges and trails, urban road network with a fusion of the modern and historic past… for the thousands of motorcycle riders or the “big bike” and cyclists, the Ilocos Sur setting is a wonderful haven. On November 25, 2016 thousands of riders from the different parts of the Philippines came to the province of Ilocos Sur for the celebration of the 3rd Ilocos Sur invitational rides organized by former Congressman Ronald Singson with the cooperation of the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Singson. One of the participants is Senator JV Ejercito who travelled from Manila to Ilocos Sur. “We travelled seven to eight hours to reach the province. It’s worth the travel after seeing the impressive scenes of Ilocos Sur”. Sen. Ejercito articulated. The objective of the activity is to uplift the tourism industry of the province. “Riders will serve as the advertisers. They will tell to their friends and relatives their experience in the province and share how beautiful our place is. Through this, they can invite people to experience the same”, Cong. Ronald added. Meanwhile, twenty groups of cyclists from the province joined the 3rd National Bike Day with a theme “Clean air through a bicycle friendly Philippines” held at the Plaza Burgos Vigan City on November 27 this year. The activity was spearheaded by Gov. Ryan Singson together with his Bike Label group. The primary aim of the activity is to help in keeping the air clean by using bicycle and to keep people away from vices. “Bicycling is a good exercise. It’s very beneficial to our health. This can keep us away from sickness,” Gov. Ryan said. The bikers received awards for the categories of youngest and oldest male and female biker, most uniformed group, largest contingent and the most unique bike. They also participated in the different games and raffle draws prepared by the organizers.
Vigan City- Beauty, talents, and brains… sixteen nurses from different hospitals in Ilocos Sur proved that they possess these characteristics in the Search for Miss Nightingale 2016 held at Vigan City Convention Center. The contestants presented themselves gorgeously with poise and confidence in their elegant costumes. Each of them showcased their unique talents and proved that they got something to be proud of. They gave the crowd as unceasing excitement when they performed their talents. Some of them danced while the other entertained the audience by singing. They also expressed their thoughts through the question and answer portion. The contenders recognized the effort of the Provincial Government in organizing such activity to give them time to relax and mingle with the other medical practitioners. In the end, Janella Caballes from Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang bagged the crown and received 50 thousand pesos cash prize. Kazeleen Padua from Candon City Health Office got the 2nd place and 30 thousand pesos cash prize. Cristine Bornilla from Northside Doctors Hospital for the 3rd place and received 20 thousand pesos, 4th place is Hannah Lyka Unciano from Metro Vigan Hospital and received 15 thousand pesos and the 5th place is Hannah Katrina Tejero from St. James Hospital and received 10 thousand pesos. “I’m thankful to my colleagues in encouraging me to bring out the best in me. I believe that this tittle and crown was given to me for a purpose. This success was made possible thru God’s spirit and with the support of my workmates.” Ms. Caballes expressed. This activity continuously celebrated to build harmonious relationship among Nurses in the province through the support of the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Singson.
Narvacan, Ilocos Sur- Councilor Luis “Chavit” Singson distributed interactive whiteboards to all Public High School in the Municipality of Narvacan to create a wide range of learning opportunities among students. An interactive whiteboard is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed into a board using a digital projector. It is a powerful tool for adding interactivity and collaboration among learners. The project was made possible through the help of the different private organizations who are aggressive in educating the youth. The teachers say that this technology is very effective in educating their students. They can show picture and educational videos to the whole class and their students can have a clear view of the lesson. “Teaching and learning process would be easier and both students and teacher will be benefited”, a teacher explained. Chavit assured that not only in Narvacan but to all schools in the province can avail this type of educational tool. “We will be giving the same project in the entire province. There are a lot of agencies who are willing to help”, he added. The Lungog Integrated School, Imelda National High School, San Pedro National High School and Sulvec Integrated School are the pioneer schools of interactive whiteboard.
Quirino Stadium, Bantay, Ilocos Sur – With the score of 2-0, the football team Perth Glory of Australia won over the Philippine Azkals in their friendship game in Ilocos Sur on July 26, 2016. The match was hot as the humid atmosphere where the audience are agitated whose team can score a goal first. In the 2nd half of the game, Joe Knowles (Jersey 22) of Perth Glory managed to put the first score inside the opposing team’s goal. At around 10 minutes before the game ends, another goal was shot by Perth Glory Player, Richard Garcia (Jersey 11). “It’s a good game even if it’s a tough condition because the weather and temperature is very humid. We never play hard like this before but as we go on the flow, the game was very good,” Knowles said. The international game was hailed by the football fans for bringing a good fight for the first time in the province. Through the initiative of Governor Ryan Singson and Sports Coordinating Committee, the two football teams were invited to play in the just inaugurated state of the art football field. This is to showcase what the province have got in sports development and to create a genre where little football players will be honed. “We are very thankful for the success of this big event. The Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez saw the potential of our football field to be a training venue for sports development activities because of our hosting of this international game. We are looking forward for another match of international teams to be held in our province for the next months,” Gov. Ryan said. The two teams expressed their gratitude to the province for such an experience. They appreciated the atmosphere and the hospitality of Ilocanos. The members of the team Perth Glory even conducted a football clinic for the young players in Ilocos Sur before their friendly game. “We enjoyed our stay here. They (Azkals) did very well, they are competitive and they gave us a very good fight,” Kenneth Lowe, Coach of Perth Glory said. Meanwhile, this big event paves way to the creation of an inter-town football competition in the province of Ilocos Sur just like the Gov. Ryan Singson Basketball Cup as announced by Gov. Ryan after the game.