Last Updated on October 2, 2022 by Andrew Pirie

Palarong Pambansa 2021 no exact date or venue yet

Dear Atty. Escobedo
I would like to inquire when and where the 2021 Palarong Pambansa will be staged.
Kind Regards
Andrew Pirie

Good day Sir!
This is to acknowledge receipt of your email regarding the proposed schedule of the 2021 Palarong Pambansa.
The Board has not yet decided on the schedule of the 2021 Palarong Pambansa as the standing policy is not to allow the face-to-face classes yet for the rest of 2020.
By 2021, the IATF will still assess if face-to-face classes will be allowed and this is also true will holding of school competitions.
For now, the safety and health of our students are our primordial concern.
Thank you very much.
Atty. Revy Escobedo
Under Secretary in Charge of Palarong Pambansa

Palarong Pambansa 2020 Gripping Cancelation


NCR, NCAA, and Palarong Pambansa Sports Events Cancelled for 2020

  • In light of the NCR, meet being indefinitely suspended.
  • Two more major competitions also have been canned.
  • The Philippines NCAA Athletics Meet and the Palarong Pambansa.
  • With host Marikina pulling out, it now casts the Palaro hosting in 2020 into serious doubt.
  • The DepEd had announced they would push through with the meet COVID or not.
  • But with cases of COVID reported near Marikina, the Mayor has now withdrawn hosting.
  • This also leaves in question the 2020 UAAP Athletics scheduled to start on March 21, Which has already been postponed 6 times whether, in fact, this will also follow suit?
  • In the best interest of the young athlete’s health, Covid cases climb from 10 to 20 in the Philippines this week.

Breaking: Palarong Pambansa 2020 Sports Events 2020 will no longer be held in Marikina City this May

Palarong Pambansa Sports Events Cancelled
Photos: Pambansa FB


The Palarong Pambansa 2020 will no longer be held in Marikina City this May, Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro announced on Monday, less than an hour after confirming a case coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city.


“Putting the safety of the athletes and their families first, Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro suspends the Palarong Pambansa 2020 in May because of the threat posed by COVID-19,” read the short press statement from the Marikina Local Government Unit (Marikina LGU).


In January 2020, the Department of Education announced that the annual sports meet for elementary and high school students would be held in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines after the original host Occidental Mindoro’s withdrawal following the damages it faced brought by Typhoon Tisoy.

Teodoro earlier confirmed that an 86-year-old male living in Marikina City, who recently traveled to South Korea, tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor ordered massive disinfection in the city, noting that a memorandum for the strict compliance of disinfection in schools, malls, and other public spaces will be issued immediately.



Palarong Pambansa Sports Events DEPED Guidelines

Please note the Palaro hasn’t been canceled formally by the DEPED, but Marikina has withdrawn from hosting the event. Below are some shared memorandums regarding precautions etc.

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Palarong Pambansa 2020 “Give it a Miss.”

With the COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down. The Palarong Pambansa 2020 is inevitably canceled along with most of the Philippines’ sports events for 2020. Without a host and no-host wanting to risk contaminating its populace with 10,000+ people athletes, managers, coaches, etc., pouring in. It seems like 2020 is likely to ‘Give Palaro a Miss.


List of Upcoming Events that are doubtful and will likely not be held this year at all


Palaro to push through despite Corona Virus Fears

Feb 6, 2020

The 2020 Palarong Pambansa in Marikina will go on as scheduled. In conclusion, the Department of Education backed down on its earlier decision to postpone it and will no longer include the national games in its list of events that it will put on hold.

However, DepEd officials clarified that national and regional competitions for students in February are the only ones they are canceling amidst the risk posed by the novel coronavirus.

For instance, Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued a memorandum late Tuesday night. Listing the events that the department canceled and planned for the month.


“Upon the advice of [Department of Health], all national and regional activities involving learners and/or teachers requiring travel and congregation of various schools, divisions, and/or regions are suspended,” it read.


However, the suspension will only cover the National Science and Technology Fair’s staging, the National Schools Press Conference, and the National Festival of Talents.

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Marikina to host 2020 Palaro as Occidental Mindoro Withdraws

By Drew Malihan

Marikina to host 2020 Palaro
Marikina will host the Palarong Pambansa for the first time in the city’s history.
MANILA–Marikina City will serve as the host of the 2020 Palarong Pambansa. According to a memorandum released by the Department of Education (DepEd).
In an unnumbered memorandum from DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Revsee Escobedo, Palarong Pambansa’s Secretary-General. Marikina City will step up as the games’ host in place of the original host Occidental Mindoro.
According to a PIA report, Occidental Mindoro was devastated by Typhoon “Tisoy” in November, with damages amounting to more than P800 million.
The LGU decided to allocate the 2020 Budget to the victims of the Typhoon instead.
It was the supposed first-ever hosting of the said province and the second in the Mimaropa region. After Puerto Princesa City hosted the games in 2008.
Escobero also tasked the Division of Marikina City to submit a list of possible sporting venues and billeting areas for the delegates.
It will be the first time for Marikina to host the Palaro. Canceled in 1980. To give way to the only edition of the Palarong Bagong Lipunan.
The hosting also means the National Capital Region will host the games for the fifth time. With the last edition in Quezon City in 1966.
NCR will try to vie for the 16th overall championship crown.
Marikina was upgraded from a 6 lane to an 8 lane oval when it hosted the 2014 ASEAN School Games Athletics. 

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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