En route to his hometown in Laoag, Ilocos Norte for the annual Pamulinawen Festival, Senator Bongbong Marcos dropped by the Benguet State University to open the 2011 athletic season and meet and greet the athletes of the Cordillera Administrative Regional Athletic Association (CARAA).
Senator Bongbong said that he would certainly always find time to squeeze into his busy schedule these kinds of events, being an avid fan of sports. More than for the entertainment factor, he has always believed that sports is a very crucial facet of a well-rounded development, especially for the youth. And athletic contests in the academe-level, like the CARAA, serve as an unassuming but no less important avenue for that total personal development of the youth who are in school.
He lauded the essential partners to these athletic meets, namely, the local government units (LGUs), the Department of Education (DepEd), the athletes, and most importantly, the athletes’ parents, for being instrumental in putting up events of this kind, where sports programs are integrated in a learning institution–and which in turn are pitted against other learning institutions in the region, in a friendly but competitive fashion. He said that without even knowing it, they have greatly contributed to the total development of the youth in the schools, filling in the gaps for the sports-oriented government agencies which may not have the adequate resources to do so.
In his address to the crowd led by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, Senator Bongbong also found occasion to marvel at what Benguet State University has developed into, thirty years after it has been brought to life by a Presidential Proclamation of his late father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.