The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in celebration of the 117th Civil Service Anniversary commenced the Inter-colour Sportsfest Competition on September 15, 2017. On this day, a motorcade began from the Provincial Capitol ground and passed the municipalities of Tubod and Baroy before settling inside the sports complex of Mindanao Civic Center.
Nine coloured teams representing various departments and offices of the Provincial Government assembled within the Gymnasium: Blue Royale, White Team, Gold Miners, Orange Team, Yellow Team, Pink Team, Green Team, Lavender Team, and the Red Hot Team.
The first activity of the day was the search for Mr.&Ms. Sportsfest 2017. Six couple showcased their modelling talent by wearing Smart-Casual and Sports Attire as they walk back and forth on stage. Red, Pink, Gold, Blue, White and Lavender teams participated in the search. The Best Production Number and the Smart-Casual Attire was won by the White team and the Darling of the Crowd was bagged by the Blue Royale and the Best Sports Attire for Male was given to the Red team and for the Female category goes to Lavender team.
The couple from the White team was named Mr.&Ms. Sportsfest 2017 followed by Blue team and Gold team as first and second Runner-up, respectively.
After the lunch break, the most awaited and anticipated event of the day comes into view as the employees of the provincial government are getting ready with their costumes and preparing the props for their performance that could help them impress the judges.
Earlier on this day, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo has said that this activity will build camaraderie while promoting sports and having fun. Governor Angging challenged the employees by encouraging them to help promote the Province of Lanao del Norte where Muslims and Christians peacefully coexist. As a start, the Mindanao Civic Center came into existence through the vision of Governor Angging and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo of building a world class sports complex that could cater multi-events in one setting and in the hopes of putting the humble place of Lanao del Norte in the Philippine map. Other provinces was captivated by the beautiful architectural design of Mindanao Civic Center and made it as their model for their own provincial sports complex. In 2003, the largest annual multi-sport event involving student athletes from 18 regions of the country was successfully held in the Province of Lanao del Norte.
“We will work as a team, like a family does by helping each other as one unit in providing services to the people of Lanao del Norte. Being the mother of this province, I will see to it that the provincial government will function effectively and efficiently for the people of Lanao del Norte, The Land of Beauty and Bounty,” stressed Governor Angging.
Seven coloured teams participated in the mass dance competition. The Green, Gold, Blue, White, Pink, Red, and Yellow teams dance merrily in front of the cheering crowd. The Provincial Governor, Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, and 2nd District Congressman Bobby along with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and department heads and offices of the provincial government were amazed of how well the dancers have performed their routine. The judges had a hard time scoring each performance for the fact that all teams were prepared and have executed their dance routine very well.
After the dust settles, top three of the best teams emerge. White team named as the second placer, followed by Blue team as first runner-up. And, the champion of the 2017 mass dance competition was given to the Red team. PIO-LDN