Proving as one of the hotbeds of football in the country, Iloilo successfully wrapped up the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2024 with a championship title in the elementary boys football event at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City. 

Represented by Barotac Nuevo Central Elementary School, Iloilo Giants took home the crown after blanking Negros Occidental, 3-0. 

Steering the squad, Bryan Ejar opened the scoring spree for the Giants with a conversion late in the first half before Andrex Quinn Martinez knocked down back-to-back goals in the second half to clinch the championship.

The Ilonggo booters are composed of Fritz Azhryl Chavez, Ezekiel Joan Surmieda, Khyhlle Anthore Yu, Devon Cris Torres, Luke Gabriel Derotas, Geric Matthew Jimena, Carl John Betco, Nijel James Cagampang, Jashan Myar Unipa, Jhan Ryan Matillano, Lemuel Hervas Jr., Nhelro Valderama, Nyel Zano Eribal, Edrian Manos, and Marvin John Lestingio.

The team is coached by Samson Flores Jr., Ariel Bedic, and Nigel Montaño. They will represent Western Visayas in 2024 Palarong Pambansa this July in Cebu City.

The secondary boys football, on the other hand failed to duplicate the winning performance of their juniors as they settled for a bronze medal finish with a 5-0 beating of Capiz. Negros Occidental bagged the secondary boys football championship and earn the right to represent WVRAA in Palaro after scoring a 5-0 triumph against Capiz in the one-game finale.

In secondary boys volleyball, Negros Occidental bagged the qualifying tournament championship after a 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-12 triumph against Aklan in the gold medal match.IMT Sports

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