Palarong Pambansa


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.

Palarong Pambansa
Palarong Pambansa Logo.svg
MottoDiscipline, Teamwork, Excellence
First eventManila, Philippines
Occur everyAnnually
Last event2019 in Davao City
Organized byDepEd (Department of Education)

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 edition of the games was held in Manila in 1948. Before it was called Palarong Pambansa, it was dubbed as Bureau of Public Schools-Interscholastic Athletics Association Games (BPISAA). It continued yearly until it was cancelled in 1957 due to 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 was not conducted. In 1980 Palarong Pambansa was substituted with another game called Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina. 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 regionsEdit

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 Bangsamoro (competing since the 2019 edition[3]) 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.

Defunct regions that have competed in the Palarong Pambansa include the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (which has been replaced by Bangsamoro) and the short-lived Negros Island Region.[4]

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
BARMMAA Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao   
CARAA Cordillera Administrative Region   
NCRAA National Capital Region   
R1AA Region I or Ilocos Region   
CAVRAA Region II or Cagayan Valley   
CLRAA Region III or Central Luzon   
STCAA Region IV-A or Southern Tagalog - Calabarzon   
MRAA Region IV-B or Southern Tagalog - Mimaropa   
BRAA Region V or Bicol Region   
WVRAA Region VI or Western Visayas   
CVRAA Region VII Central Visayas   
EVRAA Region VIII or Eastern Visayas   
ZPRAA Region IX or Zamboanga Peninsula   
NMRAA Region X or Northern Mindanao   
DAVRAA Region XI or Davao Region   
SRAA Region XII or Soccsksargen   
CAA-RSC Region XIII or Caraga Region   


Currently, there are 20 sports disciplines and a special event being contested at the Palarong Pambansa. Except for 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, three demonstration sports were played. These were futsal,[5] wushu and billiards. Below are sports competed at the Palarong Pambansa.

The Department of Education planned 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
1st 1948 Manila, NCR
2nd 1949 Tuguegarao, Cagayan, R-2
3rd 1950 Davao City, R-11
4th 1951 Cavite City, R-4A
5th 1952 Legazpi, Albay, R-5
6th 1953 Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1
7th 1954 Cebu City, R-7
8th 1955 Iloilo City, R-6 February 27 - March 6, 1955
9th 1956 Batangas City, R-4A
1957 Cancelled due to President Ramon Magsaysay's Death
10th 1958 Tagbilaran, R-7
11th 1959 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
12th 1960 Manila, NCR
13th 1961 Cavite City, R-4A
14th 1962 Ozamiz, R-10
15th 1963 Roxas, R-6
16th 1964 Pasig, NCR
17th 1965 Tacloban, R-8
18th 1966 Quezon City, NCR
19th 1967 Laoag, R-1
20th 1968 Zamboanga City, R-9
21st 1969 Pili, Camarines Sur, R-5
22nd 1970 Surigao City, R-13
23rd 1971 Bacolod, R-62
1972 Cancelled due to declaration of martial law
24th 1973 Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1
Palarong Pambansa
25th 1974 Bacolod, R-62
26th 1975 Cagayan de Oro, R-10
27th 1976 Lucena, R-4A
28th 1977 Cagayan de Oro, R-10
29th 1978 Cagayan de Oro, R-10 [citation needed]
30th 1979 Bacolod, R-62
1980 Cancelled but substituted by Palarong Bagong Lipunan hosted by Marikina, National Capital Region
31st 1981 Tuguegarao, Cagayan, R-2
32nd 1982 Dipolog, R-9
33rd 1983 Tacloban, R-8
1984-87 Cancelled due to assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. and EDSA Revolution
34th 1988 Cagayan de Oro, R-10 [citation needed]
35th 1989 Lucena, R-4A
36th 1990 San Fernando, Pampanga, R-3
37th 1991 Iloilo City, R-6
38th 1992 Zamboanga City, R-9
39th 1993 Ilagan, Isabela, R-2
40th 1994 Cebu City, R-7
41st 1995 Lingayen, Pangasinan, R-1
42nd 1996 Koronadal, South Cotabato, R-12
General Santos City, R-12
Province of Sarangani, R-12
Point System 320 - National Capital Region (NCR) 223.75 - Western Visayas (R-6) 215 - Southern Mindanao
Medal Tally 86 - National Capital Region (NCR) 86 - Western Visayas (R-6) 47 - Southern Mindanao
43rd 1997 Legazpi, Albay, R-5
44th 1998 Bacolod, R-62 [citation needed]
1999 Cancelled
45th 2000 Bacolod, R-62
2001 Scheduled in Tubod, Lanao del Norte but cancelled due to lack of funds and peace & order situation
46th 2002 Naga, 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, R-6 Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - Calabarzon (R-4A)
Medal Tally
49th 2006 Naga, 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, 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, R-4B Point System 638 - National Capital Region (NCR) 434 - Western Visayas (R-6) 411.1 - Calabarzon (R-4A)
Medal Tally
52nd 2009 Tacloban, 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) [9]
Medal Tally
54th 2011 Dapitan, R-9 Point System 572.66 - National Capital Region (NCR) 479.50 - Western Visayas (R-6) 429.50 - Calabarzon (R-4A) [10]
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) [11][12]
Medal Tally 114 - National Capital Region (NCR) 47 - Western Visayas (R-6) 27 - Calabarzon (R-4A)
56th 2013 Dumaguete, R-72 Point System 596.5 - National Capital Region (NCR) 446.34 - Western Visayas (R-6) 333 - Central Visayas (R-7) [13]
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) [14][15]
Medal Tally 107 - National Capital Region (NCR) 38 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 32 - Western Visayas (R-6)
58th 2015 Tagum, R-11 Point System TBA - National Capital Region (NCR) TBA - Calabarzon (R-4A) TBA - Western Visayas (R-6) [16][17][18][19]
Medal Tally 236 - National Capital Region (NCR) 141 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 131 - Western Visayas (R-6)
59th 20163 Legazpi, Albay, R-5 Medal Tally 209 - National Capital Region (NCR) 142 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 109 - Western Visayas (R-6) [20]
60th 2017 San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, R-6 Medal Tally 209 - National Capital Region (NCR) 155 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 107 - Western Visayas (R-6) [21][22]
61st 2018 Vigan, Ilocos Sur, R-1 Medal Tally 220 - National Capital Region (NCR) 178 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 146 - Western Visayas (R-6) [23][24][25]
62nd 2019 Davao City, R-11 Medal Tally 213 - National Capital Region (NCR) 188 - Calabarzon (R-4A) 147 - Western Visayas (R-6) [26]
Future Palarong Pambansa
20204,5 Cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic[27][28]
63rd 20215 Marikina, NCR To be determined [28][29]
64th 2022 Bacolod, R-6 To be determined [28]
65th 2023 Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, R-5 To be determined [28]
66th 2024 Bocaue, Bulacan, R-3 To be determined [28]


  • 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.
  • 3 In 2016, the Department of Education (DepEd) used the Olympic Medal System in determining the championship title and ranking position of each region.[20]
  • 4 The original host was in Occidental Mindoro, but was forced to back-out due to damages brought to the province by Typhoon Tisoy.[30]
  • 5After the withdrawal of Occidental Mindoro as hosts, Marikina replaced as host city for 2020, but the 2020 Palaro was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines.[27] However, DepEd has announced that Marikina will retain hosting rights for the 2021 edition of the event, with Negros Occidental and Sorsogon's hosting moved to 2022 and 2023, respectively.

List of hostsEdit

By city/municipality
Host City/Municipality Event Hosted
Bacolod 5
Cagayan de Oro 4
Iloilo City 3
Naga, Camarines Sur 3
Tacloban 3
Lingayen, Pangasinan 3
Vigan, Ilocos Sur 3
Manila 2
Tuguegarao, Cagayan 2
Lucena 2
Zamboanga City 2
Cebu City 2
Koronadal, South Cotabatoa 2
Davao City 2
Marikina 1
Cavite City 1
Legazpi, Albay 1
Batangas City 1
Tagbilaran 1
Ozamiz 1
Roxas 1
Pasig 1
Quezon City 1
Laoag 1
Pili, Camarines Sur 1
Surigao City 1
Dipolog 1
San Fernando, Pampanga 1
Ilagan, Isabela 1
Tubod, Lanao del Norte 1
Puerto Princesa 1
San Jose, Tarlac 1
Dapitan 1
Dumaguete 1
Santa Cruz, Laguna 1
Tagum 1
Guinobatan, Albay 1
San Jose de Buenavista, Antique 1
By province
Host Province Event Hosted
Negros Occidental (R-6) 5
Metro Manila (NCR)ac 5
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) 3
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)b 2
Zamboanga del Norte (R-9) 2
Albay (R-5) 2
Davao del Sur (R-11) 2
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 Upcoming host for the 2020 Palarong Pambansa
By region
Host Region Event Hosted
Bicol Region (R-5) 10
Western Visayas (R-6) 10
Ilocos Region (R-1) 7
Northern Mindanao (R-10) 6
Calabarzon (R-4A) 6
National Capital Region (NCR)a 5
Central Visayas (R-7) 4
Zamboanga Peninsula (R-9) 4
Cagayan Valley (R-2) 3
Eastern Visayas (R-8) 3
Davao Region (R-11) 3
Soccsksargen (R-12) 2
Central Luzon (R-3) 2
Caraga Region (R-13) 1
Mimaropa (R-4B) 1
  • a upcoming host for the 2020 Palarong Pambansa
By inter-island
Host Inter-Island Event Hosted
Luzon (NCR)a 29 (5)
Visayas 17
Mindanao 15
  • a Upcoming host for the 2020 Palarong Pambansa

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Philippines starts preparing for annual National Games". Global Post. Xinhua News Agency. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
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  7. ^ "Greatness of Pinoy athletes start in Palarong Pambansa". Northbound Asia. Northbound Philippines News Online. Retrieved 25 Feb 2017.
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  10. ^ "2011 Palarong Pambansa Official Final Results by Points". August 9, 2011.
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  16. ^ 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.
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  18. ^ "Palarong Pambansa 2015 Game Results (Unofficial)". Palarong Pambansa 2015 Game Results (Unofficial). Provincial Government of Davao del Norte. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
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  23. ^ "DepEd Vigan Palarong Pambansa 2018 Ilocos Sur". Department of Education. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
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  29. ^ "Davao City to host Palarong Pambansa 2019". Rappler. April 14, 2018.
  30. ^ "Occidental Mindoro to host Palaro". People's Journal. May 6, 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Official Website
  • Former Website
  • 2015 Palarong Pambansa official website
  • Venues for Palarong Pambansa (1947-1992)