CHAMPS. The California Academy (Antipolo) girls' volleyball team tops the DepEd National Volleyball Invitation Competition held in Dumaguete City on Friday (May 27, 2022). The winners in the boys' and girls' categories will get priority in representing the Philippines in the Asean School Games in November that will be participated in by 10 Southeast Asian nations. (Screengrab from the Lupad Dumaguete Facebook page)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Sta. Rosa City Division (Region 4-A - Calabarzon) boys’ team and the California Academy (Antipolo) girls’ team on Friday emerged as winners in the Department of Education (DepEd) national volleyball invitational games, qualifying them to represent the Philippines in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) School Games (ASG) in November.

The other winners in the three-day event in this capital city are National University (2nd place) and Umingan Central High School in Pangasinan (3rd place) in the boys’ category; and Bacolod Tay-Tung High School (2nd place), and National University (3rd place) in the girls’ category.

“The champions will be given priority in the Philippine Volleyball Teams representing the country to the 12th Asean School Games (ASG) to be held in Dumaguete, but the Department of Education will have to make the official announcement,” Catherine Aguilar, city public information officer, said in an interview.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the Foundation Preparatory Academy (Foundation University) here.

Other schools that participated in the national invitational games were the Davao City National High School, Livingstone International School (Bacolod City), Leyte National High School, Kings Montessori School (Quezon City), and Region 7 (Central Visayas) - Dumaguete City.

The volleyball competition, held from May 24 to 27, was also a simulation exercise for the larger ASG on November 19-27, with thousands of delegates and officials from 10 Southeast Asian countries expected to participate.

The Philippines plays host to this year’s Asean School Games with Dumaguete City as the venue for at least eight sporting events. (PNA)