Batang Pinoy

The Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy or simply Batang Pinoy (lit. Filipino Youth) is the national youth sports competition of the Philippines for athletes under 15 years old. Unlike the Palarong Pambansa a competition for student athletes, the Batang Pinoy also includes the out-of-school youth.

 

History

The Batang Pinoy was established through the Executive Order No. 44 which was signed by then President Joseph Estrada in December 2, 1988.[1] The first edition was held in Bacolod in 1999.[3] From then, the games were held annually with Santa Cruz, Laguna[4] (2000), Bacolod[5] (2001) Puerto Princesa[6] (2002) hosting the next three editions. The 2002 and prior editions, were for athletes of 12 years and below.[6]

In 2003, the Philippine Sports Commission decided to put the competition, along with its other national competitions, on hold so the sports body could reallocate funds to the national teams' stint at the Southeast Asian Games.[7] The Batang Pinoy was held again in 2011, and is held annually since then.[8]

 

Editions

 

No.

  Year Main Host
1st 1999 Bacolod
2nd 2000 Santa Cruz, Laguna
3rd 2001 Bacolod
4th 2002 Puerto Princesa
  2003-2010 Not held
5th 2011 Naga, Camarines Sur
6th 2012 Iloilo City
7th 2013* Bacolod
8th 2014
9th 2015 Cebu City
10th[9] 2016 Tagum

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