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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Apayao welcomes over 6,000 student athletes across Cordillera for CARAA Meet 2024

Luna, Apayao – Two days prior to the official start of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet 2024, over 6,000 student-athletes, coaches and technical working groups from the eight school divisions of Cordillera arrived in Apayao as they set to participate in the region’s largest sporting event.

The different delegations are housed in various schools in the province’s four municipalities – Luna, Pudtol, Sta. Marcela and Flora.

Over 500 delegates from Abra who arrived on Saturday, April 13, are currently stationed at Pudtol Vocational High School (PVHS) while Luna Central School and Luna National High School in Luna, Apayao opened their doors for the 728 individuals comprising the Baguio delegation.

For the over 800 representatives of Benguet, various schools in Flora now serve as their temporary abode while those from Ifugao, comprising 498 delegates are quartered at the Pudtol Central School in Pudtol, Apayao.

For the contenders and coaches from Kalinga, 432 of them were warmly welcomed in Sta. Marcela on April 13, and were provided temporary shelter at the Sta. Marcela National High School, Sta. Marcela West Central School and at the Imelda Elementary School.

Meanwhile, 684 officials, coaches and athletes of Mt. Province are at the Bacsay Elementary School and Bacsay Dagupan National High School in Luna, Apayao since April 12.

A separate delegation from Kalinga since 2019, the Tabuk City buffaloes, as they call their team, found their home for a week at the Apayao State College.

This Sunday, April 14, the Apayao provincial government is set to host a welcome dinner for the participants at the Apayao Sports Complex in Payanan, Luna.

Meantime, on Monday, April 15, games are set to commence in different venues conforming to the plan of the Department of Education Cordillera to not conduct outdoor games from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., considering the harsh condition of the weather this Summer to safeguard the health and safety of all student-athletes.