Palarong Pambansa

Palarong Pambansa
Motto Discipline, Teamwork, Excellence
First event Manila, Philippines
Occur every Annually
Last event 2018 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Website DepEd

The Palarong Pambansa (Filipino for "National Games") is an annual multi-sport event involving student-athletes from 17 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:

  • To promote Physical Education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education curriculum for holistic development of the youth;
  • Inculcate the spirit of discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, sportsmanship, and other values inherent in sports;
  • Promote and achieve peace by means of sports;
  • Widen the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary pupils and secondary students to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Association (NSA) for international competitions; and
  • Provide a database for a valid and universal basis to further improve the school sports development programs.

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
  • ^3 Introduced as demonstration sports in 2017
  • ^4 Elevated as a regular sports discipline in 2017[7]

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.[8]


Edition Year Host/Venue Notes/Remarks Ref / Notes
System First Place Second Place Third Place
Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games
1st1948City of Manila, NCR
2nd1949Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
3rd1950Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11
4th1951Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
5th1952Legazpi City, Albay, R-5
6th1953Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
7th1954Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
8th1955Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6February 27 - March 6, 1955
9th1956Batangas City, Batangas, R-4A
1957Cancelled due to President Ramon Magsaysay's Death
10th1958Tagbilaran City, Bohol, R-7
11th1959Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
12th1960City of Manila, NCR
13th1961Cavite City, Cavite, R-4A
14th1962Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, R-10
15th1963Roxas City, Capiz, R-6
16th1964Pasig City, NCR
17th1965Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
18th1966Quezon City, NCR
19th1967Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, R-1
20th1968Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
21st1969Pili, Camarines Sur, R-5
22nd1970Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, R-13
23rd1971Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-62
1972Cancelled due to declaration of martial law
24th1973Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1
Palarong Pambansa
25th1974Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-62
26th1975Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
27th1976Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
28th1977Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
29th1978Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
30th1979Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-62
1980Cancelled but substituted by Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina City, National Capital Region
31st1981Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, R-2
32nd1982Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9
33rd1983Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8
1984-87Cancelled due to assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr. and EDSA Revolution
34th1988Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, R-10
35th1989Lucena City, Quezon, R-4A
36th1990San Fernando City, Pampanga, R-3
37th1991Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6
38th1992Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, R-9
39th1993Ilagan City, Isabela, R-2
40th1994Cebu City, Cebu, R-7
41st1995Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
42nd1996Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12
General Santos City, South Cotabato, R-12
Province of Sarangani, R-12
Point System320 - National Capital Region (NCR)223.75 - Western Visayas (R-6)215 - Southern Mindanao
Medal Tally86 - National Capital Region (NCR)86 - Western Visayas (R-6)47 - Southern Mindanao
43rd1997Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
44th1998Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-62
45th2000Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, R-62
2001Scheduled in Tubod, Lanao del Norte but cancelled due to lack of funds and peace & order situation
46th2002Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5
47th2003Tubod, Lanao del Norte, R-10
2004Cancelled due to 2004 National Elections
Palarong Pambansa Point System and Medal Tally 1
48th2005Iloilo City, Iloilo, R-6Point System638 - National Capital Region (NCR)434 - Western Visayas (R-6)411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
49th2006Naga City, Camarines Sur, R-5Point System512.67 - National Capital Region (NCR)428 - CALABARZON (R-4A)367.5 - Western Visayas (R-6)
Medal Tally
50th2007Koronadal City, South Cotabato, R-12Point System640.4 - National Capital Region (NCR)455 - Western Visayas (R-6)332 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
51st2008Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, R-4BPoint System638 - National Capital Region (NCR)434 - Western Visayas (R-6)411.1 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
52nd2009Tacloban City, Leyte, R-8Point System588.34 - National Capital Region (NCR)460.17 - Western Visayas (R-6)382.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
Medal Tally
53rd2010San Jose, Tarlac, R-3Point System643 - National Capital Region (NCR)432.67 - Western Visayas (R-6)404.67 - CALABARZON (R-4A)[9]
Medal Tally
54th2011Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, R-9Point System572.66 - National Capital Region (NCR)479.50 - Western Visayas (R-6)429.50 - CALABARZON (R-4A)[10]
Medal Tally77 - National Capital Region (NCR)51 - CALABARZON (R-4A)49 - Western Visayas (R-6)
55th2012Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1Point System733 - National Capital Region (NCR)452 - Western Visayas (R-6)335.5 - CALABARZON (R-4A)[11][12]
Medal Tally114 - National Capital Region (NCR)47 - Western Visayas (R-6)27 - CALABARZON (R-4A)
56th2013Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, R-72Point System596.5 - National Capital Region (NCR)446.34 - Western Visayas (R-6)333 - Central Visayas (R-7)[13]
Medal Tally114 - National Capital Region (NCR)78 - Western Visayas (R-6)38 - Northern Mindanao (R-10)
57th2014Santa Cruz, Laguna, R-4APoint SystemTBA - National Capital Region (NCR)TBA - CALABARZON (R-4A)TBA - Western Visayas (R-6)[14][15]
Medal Tally107 - National Capital Region (NCR)38 - CALABARZON (R-4A)32 - Western Visayas (R-6)
58th2015Tagum, Davao del Norte, R-11Point SystemTBA - National Capital Region (NCR)TBA - CALABARZON (R-4A)TBA - Western Visayas (R-6)[16][17][18][19]
Medal Tally236 - National Capital Region (NCR)141 - CALABARZON (R-4A)131 - Western Visayas (R-6)
59th20163Legazpi City, Albay, R-5Medal Tally209 - National Capital Region (NCR)142 - CALABARZON (R-4A)109 - Western Visayas (R-6)[20]
60th2017San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, R-6Medal Tally209 - National Capital Region (NCR)155 - CALABARZON (R-4A)107 - Western Visayas (R-6)[21][22]
61st2018Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, R-1Medal Tally220 - National Capital Region (NCR)178 - CALABARZON (R-4A)146 - Western Visayas (R-6)[23][24][25]
Future Palarong Pambansa
62nd2019Davao City, Davao del Sur, R-11To be determined.[26]
63rd2020LuzonPossible venues (to be announced in October 2019)
To be determined.
64th2021VisayasPossible venues (to be announced in October 2020)
To be determined.
63rd2022LuzonPossible venues (to be announced in October 2021)
To be determined.
64th2023MindanaoPossible venues (to be announced in October 2022)
To be determined.


  • 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 Occidental5
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental4
Iloilo City, Iloilo3
Naga City, Camarines Sur3
Tacloban City, Leyte3
Lingayen, Pangasinan3
Vigan City, Ilocos Surb3
City of Manila, Metro Manila2
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan2
Lucena City, Quezon2
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur2
Cebu City, Cebu2
Koronadal City, South Cotabatoa2
Davao City, Davao del Surc2
Cavite City, Cavite1
Legaspi City, Albay1
Batangas City, Batangas1
Tagbilaran City, Bohol1
Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental1
Roxas City, Capiz1
Pasig City, Metro Manila1
Quezon City, Metro Manila1
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte1
Pili, Camarines Sur1
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte1
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte1
San Fernando City, Pampanga1
Ilagan City, Isabela1
Tubod, Lanao del Norte1
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan1
San Jose, Tarlac1
Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte1
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental1
Santa Cruz, Laguna1
Tagum City, Davao del Norte1
Guinobatan, Albay1
San Jose de Buenavista, Antique1


By province
Host Province Event Hosted
Negros Occidental (R-6)5
Metro Manila (NCR)a4
Misamis Oriental (R-10)4
Camarines Sur (R-5)4
Iloilo (R-6)3
Leyte (R-8)3
Pangasinan (R-1)3
Ilocos Sur (R-1)c3
Cavite (R-4A)2
Cagayan (R-2)2
Quezon (R-4A)2
Zamboanga del Sur (R-9)2
Cebu (R-7)2
South Cotabato (R-12)b2
Zamboanga del Norte (R-9)2
Albay (R-5)2
Davao del Sur (R-11)d2
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)1
Laguna (R-4A)1
Davao del Norte, (R-11)1
Antique, (R-6)1


  • a Metro Manila is not a province. It is a representation to complete the data.
  • b 1996 Palarong Pambansa was co-hosted by Province of Sarangani
  • c Host for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa
  • d Host for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa
By region
Host Region Event Hosted
Bicol Region (R-5)10
Western Visayas (R-6)10
Ilocos Region (R-1)a7
Northern Mindanao (R-10)6
Central Visayas (R-7)4
National Capital Region (NCR)4
Zamboanga Peninsula (R-9)4
Cagayan Valley (R-2)3
Eastern Visayas (R-8)3
Davao Region (R-11)b3
Central Luzon (R-3)2
Caraga Region (R-13)1


  • a Host for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa
  • b Host for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa
By inter-island
Host Inter-Island Event Hosted
Luzona (NCR)29 (4)


  • a Host for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa
  • b Host for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa

See also


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  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. "Greatness of Pinoy athletes start in Palarong Pambansa". Northbound Asia. Northbound Philippines News Online. Retrieved 25 Feb 2017.
  8. Lizares, George. "Arnis now a national sport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  9. "Thousands to join Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac". February 3, 2010.
  10. "2011 Palarong Pambansa Official Final Results by Points". August 9, 2011.
  11. "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Final Results as of May 6-8". May 10, 2012.
  12. "Palarong Pambansa 2012 Results (Final Medal Tally)". May 12, 2012.
  13. "Palarong Pambansa 2013 Finals Results Medal Standings (Video)". April 29, 2013.
  14. "Laguna, host ng 2014 Palarong Pambansa". October 26, 2013.
  15. "DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016". DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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  19. "Department of Education". Department of Education Palarong Pambansa 2015. Department of Education. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  20. 1 2 "Palarong Pambansa Memoranda". DepED Palarong Pambansa 2016. Palarong Pambansa Wordpress. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  21. "Palarong Pambansa 2017 Antique".
  22. "DepEd Palarong Pambansa 2017".
  23. "DepEd Vigan Palarong Pambansa 2018 Ilocos Sur". Department of Education. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
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