Around 20,000 student-athletes from different private schools in Iloilo will try to ekeout each other in the 59th Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (ILOPRISAA), which kicked off at the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU-Molo) covered court on February 26.

Composed of 30 private schools, this year’s edition of ILOPRISAA will be tougher as more players and teams compete in various sports.

Dr. Ronald Raymond Lacson Sebastian, CEO of JBLFMU and chairman of ILOPRISAA, officially opened the games and highlighted that, “For three consecutive years, they have emerged stronger and more determined than ever.”

He also acknowledged the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, but emphasized that ILOPRISAA’s nearly six decades of existence have instilled resilience, and the organization has emerged even more determined to succeed.

The opening ceremony was further enriched by the presence of Miss Iloilo 2024 Alexie Caimoso Brooks, a heptathlon star.

The native of Leon, Iloilo inspired athletes to push through their fears and compete to their full potential with a goal of developing their skills not just in sports, but also in academics, social interaction, and mental well-being.

Themed: “Steadfast in Advancing and Sustaining Grassroots Sports Development for Excellence,” the weeklong events focus on nurturing well-rounded student athletes in various sports.IMT Sports