‘Langoy Pilipinas’ swimfest set next month

‘Langoy Pilipinas’ swimfest set next month

MANILA — A new national swimming competition for children aged 6 to 17 years old is set to be launched next month participated in by 10 local government units (LGUs) in key cities of Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Dubbed “Langoy Pilipinas,” the event which was conceptualized by swimming coach and event organizer Darren Evangelista (featured image above), targets not only the participation of school-based teams and established swimming clubs but also the less-fortunate children and out-of-school youth.

“The tournament is open to all Filipino young swimmers, regardless of their affiliations and religions. Everybody is welcome. We’re currently in close coordination with partner LGUs so we can identify those less fortunate swimmers in their respective community to join the event,” said Evangelista, head of the organizing Golden East Ads Promo and Events.

Darren Evangelista (Contributed photo)

Evangelista, a former member of Mapua Cardinals that won the NCAA title in the ’90s, and five-time NCAA swimming champion coach, stressed that the conceptualization of the competition is based on six (6) important objectives: (1) strengthen grassroots development, (2) improve tourism through sports, (3) create a wave of livelihood opportunities, (4) enhance positive values and (5) sportsmanship, and (6) promote family togetherness.

Included in the program as partners are the select cities of Metro Manila, Tarlac, Cavite, Laguna in Luzon, Bohol, Roxas and Bacolod in Visayas, and Saranggani and Cagayan in Mindanao.

Evangelista added that the event is also in close coordination with the Swimming League Philippines (SLP), Philippine Swimming League (PSL), and Congress of Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (COPA).

“For the Manila event, preparation is ongoing with close coordination with the Office of Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna as well as the Manila Sports Council (MASCO),” said Evangelista.

He added that all is set for the Saranggani event tentatively slated on Feb. 24 as Gov. Rogelio ‘Ruel’ Pacquiao already gave his full support during a lengthy meeting with the organizers in the Capitol of Sarangani recently.

“Ok na tayo sa Manila, tentatively on Feb. 18 at the Rizal Memorial swiiming pool, gayundin sa Saranggani. Yung ibang venue natin, ongoing pa ang mga meeting with the local officials and partner stakeholders,” said Evangelista. (Amado Inigo/ MTVN)

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