Moalboal Mayor Cabaron unveils sports programs

MOALBOAL Mayor Titing Cabaron will roll out a series of sports programs in time for the annual fiesta of the tourist town in May.

Cabaron, a tennis enthusiast, will be holding a basketball, “dayon-dayon” volleyball, Mobile Legends and chess tournament for kids and seniors.

The Mobile Legends tournament will be managed by Ryan Abarquez Balbuena, the esports tournament director of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., the first school-based league in the country to include esports in its calendar of events.

The chess event will be managed by the Cebu Chess Hub and will include a seminar for public school teachers by renowned coach Mark Mangubat to kick off the Chess in Schools program that then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed as an executive order to encourage chess to be taught in schools.

Aside from the seminar, there will be a kiddies tournament, an open event for residents and a 20-board simul with International Master (IM) Rico Mascarinas.

The basketball and volleyball tournaments will be handled by a local committee.

“We are holding these events to give our youth a chance to compete and to be discovered, especially now that Mobile Legends, along with chess, is part of the Cesafi calendar,” said Cabaron. “This is also to support Gov. Gwen Garcia’s aggressive campaign against drugs since sports will help keep our youth stay away from drugs.”

Aside from sports events, Moalboal will also have a Literary and Arts Festival for elementary and high school students. (ML)