Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 Boholympics Opening Ceremony Highlights & Surprises!

The 2014 Boholympics formally opened last May 28 at the CPG Sports Complex. Now on its third year, the sports event aims to discover, train and prepare young promising Boholano athletes for regional, national & international athletic events

Among the 1, 236 young Boholano athletes during the opening
The Opening Ceremony was graced by Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto who gave a pep talk before the 1,236 athletes who represented 36 of the 48 LGU’s from all over the province. 

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto speaks before the athletes and officials
PB Member Abel Damalerio acknowledged the participating delegations on behalf of Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II, its Executive Director. Among those who came were Joel Molina, Provincial Youth and Sports Coordinator; Cirilo Calatrava, the Division PESS Coordinator in Bohol, Fr. Vicente Uy, PGBH and Consultant on Sports, PB Member Benjie Arcamo, Valencia Mayor Katrina Lim and Eddie Borja, Tagbilaran City Administrator

Bohol Gov. Chatto shares light banter with top prov'l
and city officials minutes before the raising of the Boholympics flag
Gov. Edgar M. Chatto led the raising of the Boholympics Flag together with DepEd officials, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members and Tagbilaran City Officials.


Raising of the LGU Banners
Among the highlights of the activity were the raising of LGU banners by each delegation, the recitation of the Oath of Sportsmanship, the Lighting of the Urn, and the formal declaration of the opening of Boholympics 2014.

The Oath of Sportsmanship
Athletes take the Oath of Sportsmanship 
Spicing up the affair were the exciting son numbers from Alma Golosino & Jussica Villaflores , and the sexy dance numbers from Image Movers.

Getting the biggest cheers however was the Presentation of Muses for the 2014 Miss Boholympics Search. Here’s the link:


The most solemn part of any athletic meet would have to be the Torch Lighting Ceremony and the Boholympics was no exception. The flames represent everyone’s commitment to the core values of honesty, fairness, reason, purity, peace, sportsmanship and abiding by the rules of good order.

Six Boholympics athletes who represented the future of Bohol in sports took part in the Torch Lighting Ceremony. They were Job Vincent Aseniero, Jo Lander Molina, Kay Leizle Paredes, Jan Nino Rosales, Gibb Manigque & Shane Pareja. 

Gov. Chatto passes the flame to first relay runner

 The passing of the torch from one athlete to the other transmits not only these core values from one athlete to the next but also eventually to an entire community.

The lighting of the urn also links the Boholympics with those of ancient Greece to convey a sense of continuity & tradition, an air of respectability and obedience to authority.

The flames in the urn would be burning throughout the Boholympics to remind our athletes and officials to honor their commitment to the values that they stand for

Your Blogger emceed the opening ceremonies through the invitation of Bohol Prov'l Youth & Sports Coordinator Joel Molina & the hardworking Dr. Jennylette Ayson. 

Thank you to you both!


The Boholympics organizers are confident that the annual sportsfest would produce a new generation of world- class Boholano athletes.

Bohol has already produced regional, national, and even international sports personalities like the legendary Simeon Toribio (High Jump), SEA Games Record holders Sammy Alegada and Nicholas Jaluag (Weightlifting), the Docena brothers and sisters (Chess); Olympian Bobby Jalnaiz, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Nonito Donaire (Boxing); Larry Mumar, Bernard Fabiosa and Peter Naron (basketball)  

Photo Credits: Leah Marchil

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