As much as we are inspired by the stories of young kids joining the Batang Pinoy Games, we must also know that they are the ones whom we are inspiring and encouraging to give their best in the chosen sports they are joining.
This is what I learn from the young Table Tennis players I had the opportunity to talked with in between their games at the Makati Coliseum.
John Merric Bauda (7years old) is the youngest player who joined the Table Tennis games. His father, Michael, a technical official in the Mindanao and Northern Luzon legs served as his training coach. Merric was too shy to be interviewed but his father shared that he wants exposure for his child which Batang Pinoy Games gives. This is a perfect avenue wherein their table tennis practices during the weekends would be tested. Merric is a Grade 1 student of Aguinaldo Elementary School.
Glenn Patrick Rey Bailosis (8years old) from Pateros has been playing ping-pong since 2008. Encouraged by his father, he joined Batang Pinoy Games. Asked why he joined, “para po makapunta sa ibang bansa,” (I want to go abroad) to where his mother chuckles. He adds that, “Gusto ko maging member ng Philipine Team” (I want to be a member of the Philippine Team). His mother told me that the games today is a good exposure for the kids. It will develop their sportsmanship and fighting spirit. This is a different experience for them as this is more than practice, they compete with other players from different cities.
Lance Jasper Villegas II (11years old) came to me when I was talking to Patrick. A bibo kid from Pateros Table Tennis Organization (PATTO) won against Erwin from Makati City (3-1). Asked why he joined, “para gumanda po ang kinabukasan ko sa paglalaro” (So that I will have a brighter future) he said. I can see that this kid is enjoying the games and is savoring every moment of the tournament.
So far Batang Pinoy’s aim is still on target as we are seeing delegates like Merric, Patrick and Jasper. Their parents and coach are always thanking the organizers of the tournament and the Philippine Sports Commission. I will continue to support the efforts of the PSC and will continue to promote Batang Pinoy Games- LET’S START TRAINING THEM WHILE YOUNG!
This event will not be possible without the support of the following major sponsors: Smart, Maynilad at Summit Natural Drinking Water. Also joining the support are MILO, Jollibee, The British Council, Standard Insurance, Manila Bulletin, Negros Navigation-Super Ferry, Kids 3 Food Supplement, RELIV Now for Kids at Growee Multivitamins.
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Batang Pinoy Games 2011 is a grass-roots development program organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to identify young talents to be trained for the national pool of athletes. Mindanao leg was hosted by Zamboanga City (Oct 17-30); Visayas leg was hosted by Dumaguete City (Nov 10-13); Northern Luzon leg by Baguio City (Nov 24-27); Southern Luzon by Sta. Cruz City (Dec 4-7); NCR leg (Nov 29 – Dec 2); and the Finals will be held at Naga City on December 10-13, 2011.
Official website: Batang Pinoy 2011
Facebook Page: Batang Pinoy (PSC Grassroots Program)