Palarong Pambansa

Not to be confused with Philippine National Games.
Palarong Pambansa
Motto Discipline, Teamwork, Excellence
First event Manila, Philippines
Occur every Annually
Last event 4–9 May 2015 Tagum, Davao del Norte
Website DepEd

The Palarong Pambansa (Filipino for "National Games") is an annual multi-sport event involving student-athletes from 18 regions of the Philippines. The event, started in 1948, is organized and governed by the Department of Education or DepEd.

Student-athletes from public and private schools at elementary and secondary levels can compete provided they qualified by winning at their regional meet. For young Filipino student-athletes, Palarong Pambansa is the culmination of school sports competition, which start with local school intramurals, followed by the congressional district, provincial, and regional athletic meets.

The objectives of the Palaro are:

The legal basis of the Palarong Pambansa is stipulated in the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution Article XIV, Section 19.


The first game was held in Manila in 1948. Before it was called Palarong Pambansa, it was dubbed as Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games or BPISAA. It continued yearly until it was cancelled in 1957 because of the death of President Ramon Magsaysay. In 1958, Tagbilaran, Bohol hosted the 10th edition of the game. The game was again cancelled in 1972 when President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law. In 1973, the last BPISAA which was held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

In 1974, the Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games was renamed Palarong Pambansa.

In 1980, 1984-1987 and 1999 Palarong Pambansa did not run. In 1980 Palarong Pambansa was substituted with another game called Palarong Bagong Lipunan. Between 1984 and 1987 the event's cancellation was due to the People Power Revolution.

Misamis Oriental and Negros Occidental have hosted Palarong Pambansa four times each, more than any other provinces. Misamis Oriental hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1988. Negros Occidental hosted the games in 1974, 1979, 1998 and 2000. Lingayen, Pangasinan has hosted three times, in 1959, 1999 and 2012.[1]

Starting with the 2015 edition of the games, the Palarong Pambansa Board, which was created due to the Palarong Pambansa Law signed in May 2014, shall be mainly responsible for the preparation and conduct of the games. The board shall be the main policy-making and coordinating body of the annual tournament.[2]

Participating regions

The regions participating in the annual Palarong Pambansa has become bigger as some regions have split. For instance, Southern Tagalog Regional Athletics Association (STRAA) represented the 10 provinces of Southern Tagalog in the later Palarong Pambansa. But it was divided into two which is now Region 4-A or the CALABARZON region and Region 4-B or the MIMAROPA region. Both are taking part in Palarong Pambansa as different teams or regions.

Creation of administrative and autonomous regions such as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Cordillera Administrative Region and splitting of big region into new regions like the Southern Mindanao, Central Visayas and Western Visayas causes more teams. All these reasons made the 18 regions participating in Palarong Pambansa.

A color coding system was introduced to uniquely identify each region based on their designated colors. Here are the participating regions with their assigned colors.

Code Name Colors
ARMMAAAutonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao        
CARAACordillera Administrative Region        
NCRAANational Capital Region        
IRAARegion I or Ilocos Region        
CAVRAARegion II or Cagayan Valley        
CLRAARegion III or Central Luzon        
STCAARegion IV-A or Southern Tagalog - CALABARZON        
MRAA (MIMAROPAA)Region IV-B or Southern Tagalog - MIMAROPA        
BRAARegion V or Bicol Region        
WVRAARegion VI or Western Visayas        
CVRAARegion VII Central Visayas        
EVRAARegion VIII or Eastern Visayas        
ZPRAARegion IX or Zamboanga Peninsula        
NMRAARegion X or Northern Mindanao        
DAVRAARegion XI or Davao Region        
CARAGARegion XIII or CARAGA        
NIRAA[3][4]Region XVIII or Negros Island Region        


Currently there are 20 sports disciplines and a special event being contested at the Palarong Pambansa. With the exception of archery (which is not played at the elementary level), competition at the events and disciplines are at the elementary and secondary levels.

In the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, three demonstration sports were played. These were futsal,[5] wushu and billiards. Below are sports competed at the Palarong Pambansa.

The Department of Education will plan to add more events by 2017, particularly for the people with special needs, including the 50-meter and 100-meter runs for athletics and chess for the blind.[6]


  • ^1 Introduced as demonstration sports in 2013
  • ^2 Introduced as demonstration sports in 2015

Arnis was included among the priority sports in Palarong Pambansa and begun in 2010, in accordance to Republic Act No. 9850 in 2009, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[7]


Edition Year Host/Venue Notes/Remarks Ref
System First Place Second Place Third Place
Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games
1st 1948 City of Manila, NCR
2nd 1949 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
3rd 1950 Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11
4th 1951 Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
5th 1952 Legazpi City, Albay, R-5
6th 1953 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
7th 1954 Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
8th 1955 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6
9th 1956 Batangas City, Batangas, R-4A
1957 Cancelled due to President Ramon Magsaysay's Death
10th 1958 Tagbilaran City, Bohol, R-7
11th 1959 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
12th 1960 City of Manila, NCR
13th 1961 Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
14th 1962 Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, R-10
15th 1963 Roxas City, Capiz, R-6
16th 1964 Pasig City, NCR
17th 1965 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
18th 1966 Quezon City, NCR
19th 1967 Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, R-1
20th 1968 Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
21st 1969 Pili, Camarines Sur, R-5
22nd 1970 Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, R-13
23rd 1971 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Region-6 2
1972 Cancelled due to declaration of martial law
24th 1973 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
Palarong Pambansa
25th 1974 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Region-6 2
26th 1975 Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
27th 1976 Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
28th 1977 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
29th 1978 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10 [8]
30th 1979 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Region-6 2
1980 Cancelled but substituted by Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina City, National Capital Region
31st 1981 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
32nd 1982 Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9
33rd 1983 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
1984-87 Cancelled due to assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and EDSA Revolution
34th 1988 Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10 [9]
35th 1989 Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
36th 1990 San Fernando City, Pampanga, R-3
37th 1991 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6
38th 1992 Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
39th 1993 Ilagan City, Isabela, R-2
40th 1994 Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
41st 1995 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1 WMRAA (Zamboanga) Secondary Basketball Boys PALARONG PAMBANSA 95 Champion|
42nd 1996 Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12
General Santos City, South Cotabato, R-12
Province of Sarangani, R-12
WMRAA (Zamboanga) Secondary Basketball Boys PALARONG PAMBANSA 96 Champion| |Players...

Jul Amad Indanan - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Alfred Bader - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Alvin Sason - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Ramiro Quiño - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Carlos Gonzalez - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Eming "Bare" Alvarez - Zamboanga City (ZNHS West), Phing Lopez - Dipolog, Gue Savedraa - Basilan, Katigbak - Zambo Sur, Mata - Zambo Sur

43rd 1997 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
44th 1998 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, NIR Region-6 2 [10]
1999 Cancelled
45th 2000 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Region-6 2
2001 Scheduled in Tubod, Lanao del Norte but cancelled due to lack of funds and peace & order situation
46th 2002 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
47th 2003 Tubod, Lanao del Norte, R-10
2004 Cancelled due to 2004 National Elections
Palarong Pambansa Point System and Medal Tally 1
48th 2005 Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6 Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
49th 2006 Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5 Point System 512.67 - National Capital Region (NCR) 428 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 367.5 - Western Visayas (R-6)
Medal Tally
50th 2007 Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12 Point System 640.4 - National Capital Region (NCR) 455 - Western Visayas (R-6) 332 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
51st 2008 Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, R-4B Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
52nd 2009 Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8 Point System 588.34 - National Capital Region (NCR) 460.17 - Western Visayas (R-6) 382.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
53rd 2010 San Jose, Tarlac, R-3 Point System 643 - National Capital Region (NCR) 432.67 - Western Visayas (R-6) 404.67 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [11]
Medal Tally
54th 2011 Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9 Point System 572.66 - National Capital Region (NCR) 479.50 - Western Visayas (R-6) 429.50 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [12]
Medal Tally 77 - National Capital Region (NCR) 51 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 49 - Western Visayas (R-6)
55th 2012 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1 Point System 733 - National Capital Region (NCR) 452 - Western Visayas (R-6) 335.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A) [13][14]
Medal Tally 114 - National Capital Region (NCR) 47 - Western Visayas (R-6) 27 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
56th 2013 Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, R-7 2 Point System 596.5 - National Capital Region (NCR) 446.34 - Western Visayas (R-6) 333 - Central Visayas (R-7) [15]
Medal Tally 114 - National Capital Region (NCR) 78 - Western Visayas (R-6) 38 - Northern Mindanao (R-10)
57th 2014 Santa Cruz, Laguna, R-4A Point System TBA - National Capital Region (NCR) TBA - CALABARZON (R-4A) TBA - Western Visayas (R-6) [16][17]
Medal Tally 107 - National Capital Region (NCR) 38 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 32 - Western Visayas (R-6)
58th 2015 Tagum, Davao del Norte, R-11 Point System TBA - National Capital Region (NCR) TBA - CALABARZON (R-4A) TBA - Western Visayas (R-6) [18][19][20][21]
Medal Tally 236 - National Capital Region (NCR) 141 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 131 - Western Visayas (R-6)
59th 2016 3 Legazpi City, Albay, R-5 3 Medal Tally 209 - National Capital Region (NCR) 142 - CALABARZON (R-4A) 109 - Western Visayas (R-6) [22]
Future Palarong Pambansa
60th 2017 Visayas Official Host (announced on November 18, 2016)
San Jose de Buenavista, Antique (R-6)
61st 2018 Luzon Possible venues (to be announced in October 2017)
Bocaue, Bulacan (R-3)
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (R-4B)
62nd 2019 Mindanao Possible venues (to be announced in October 2018)
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte (R-13)
Tagum City, Davao del Norte (R-11)
Davao City, Davao del Sur (R-11)


  • 1 Hosting of Palarong Pambansa is from Luzon and then Visayas and then back to Luzon and then Mindanao. This order will be repeated. If Visayas have no bids to host the Palaro, then Mindanao will have the rights to host and/or vice versa. If Luzon have no bids, Metro Manila will be going to host the Palaro.
  • 2 Negros Island Region (NIR) is a newly created region in 2015 which consists of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. Any existing previous list and records should be counted for the previous regions they are affiliated with otherwise, their records and statistics should be counted for their present region at the time of their creation unless otherwise specified.

List of hosts

By city/municipality
Host City/Municipality Event Hosted
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 5
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental 4
Iloilo City, Iloilo 3
Naga City, Camarines Sur 3
Tacloban City, Leyte 3
Lingayen, Pangasinan 3
City of Manila, Metro Manila 2
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 2
Lucena City, Quezon 2
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur 2
Cebu City, Cebu 2
Koronadal City, South Cotabatoa 2
Davao City, Davao del Sur 1
Cavite City, Cavite 1
Legaspi City, Albay 1
Batangas City, Batangas 1
Tagbilaran City, Bohol 1
Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental 1
Roxas City, Capiz 1
Pasig City, Metro Manila 1
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte 1
Pili, Camarines Sur 1
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte 1
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte 1
San Fernando City, Pampanga 1
Ilagan City, Isabela 1
Tubod, Lanao del Norte 1
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 1
San Jose, Tarlac 1
Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte 1
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 1
Santa Cruz, Laguna 1
Tagum City, Davao del Norte 1
Guinobatan, Albayb 1


By province
Host Province Event Hosted
Negros Occidental (R-6) a 5
Metro Manila (NCR)b 4
Misamis Oriental (R-10) 4
Camarines Sur (R-5) 4
Iloilo (R-6) 3
Leyte (R-8) 3
Pangasinan (R-1) 3
Cavite (R-4A) 2
Ilocos Sur (R-1) 2
Cagayan (R-2) 2
Quezon (R-4A) 2
Zamboanga del Sur (R-9) 2
Cebu (R-7) 2
South Cotabato (R-12)c 2
Zamboanga del Norte (R-9) 2
Albay (R-5)d 2
Davao del Sur (R-11) 1
Batangas (R-4A) 1
Bohol (R-7) 1
Misamis Occidental (R-10) 1
Capiz (R-6) 1
Ilocos Norte (R-1) 1
Surigao del Norte (R-13) 1
Pampanga (R-3) 1
Isabela (R-2) 1
Lanao del Norte (R-10) 1
Palawan (R-4B) 1
Tarlac (R-3) 1
Negros Oriental (R-7) a 1
Laguna (R-4A)1
Davao del Norte, (R-11)1


  • a Negros Occidental (5) and Negros Oriental (1) hosted as part of Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively, before the creation of Negros Island Region in 2015. In 2015, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental became Negros Island Region (NIR) as the 18th region of the Philippines. Any records and statistics of the said provinces AFTER THE CREATION OF NEGROS ISLAND REGION will be COUNTED AND CREDITED to the NEW REGION.
  • b Metro Manila is not a province. It is a representation to complete the data.
  • c 1996 Palarong Pambansa was co-hosted by Province of Sarangani
  • d Host for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa
By region
Host Region Event Hosted
Western Visayas (R-6) a 9
Northern Mindanao (R-10) 6
Ilocos Region (R-1) 6
Bicol Region (R-5)b 6
National Capital Region (NCR) 4
Central Visayas (R-7) a 4
Zamboanga Peninsula (R-9) 4
Cagayan Valley (R-2) 3
Eastern Visayas (R-8) 3
Central Luzon (R-3) 2
Davao Region (R-11) 2
Caraga Region (R-13) 1


By inter-island
Host Inter-Island Event Hosted
Luzon (NCR)a 28 (4)
Visayas 16
Mindanao 15


  • a Host for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

See also


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  2. "Philippines starts preparing for annual National Games". Global Post. Xinhua News Agency. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. "P15.5-M for NIR sports meet". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. "DAILY STAR: Sports". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. "Futsal debuts as demo sport in Palaro 2013". April 15, 2013.
  6. Bracher, Jane (April 10, 2016). "DepEd eyes adding chess for the blind at next Palaro". Rappler. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  7. Lizares, George. "Arnis now a national sport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  8. "1978 Palarong Pambansa". November 16, 2012.
  9. "1988 Palarong Pambansa". November 18, 2012.
  10. "1998 Centennial Palarong Pambansa, Bacolod". September 25, 2012.
  11. "Thousands to join Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac". February 3, 2010.
  12. "2011 Palarong Pambansa Official Final Results by Points". August 9, 2011.
  13. "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Final Results as of May 6-8". May 10, 2012.
  14. "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Results (Final Medal Tally)". May 12, 2012.
  15. "Palarong Pambansa 2013 Finals Results Medal Standings (Video)". April 29, 2013.
  16. "Laguna, host ng 2014 Palarong Pambansa". October 26, 2013.
  17. "DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016". DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  18. Terrado, Reuben (16 December 2014). "Tagum City in Davao del Norte unanimous choice to host next year's Palarong Pambansa". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  19. Deogracias, Genito. "2015 Palaro General Medal Tally". DavNor Palarong Pambansa 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  20. "Palarong Pambansa 2015 Game Results (Unofficial)". Palarong Pambansa 2015 Game Results (Unofficial). Provincial Government of Davao del Norte. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  21. "Department of Education". Department of Education Palarong Pambansa 2015. Department of Education. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  22. 1 2 "Palarong Pambansa Memoranda". DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016. Palarong Pambansa Wordpress. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
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