TACLOBAN CITY – For the third time, Ormoc City Division bagged the overall championship in this year’s Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet.

Ormoc City clinched the top spot with 178 golds, 104 silver, and 70 bronze medals. 

Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez expressed pride in their three-peat championship of the 13 schools division in the region.

“I am endlessly thankful to everyone who has contributed to each athlete’s journey towards this Grand Slam victory — their parents, the coaches, the teachers, all members of the LGU,” she shared.

She said that she prays and commits to sustain and build up on all the gains under her watch. 

She also thanked her predecessor, Leyte 4th District Rep. Richard Gomez for “planting the seeds of pursuing excellence not just in sports but in all other endeavors one chooses to take on.”

Leyte Division claimed the second spot with 50 golds, 74 silver, and 55 bronze, while Tacloban City ranked third with 19 golds, 27 silver, and 46 bronze medals.

The four-day school-based competition hosted by Tacloban City Division and Leyte Division ran from April 24 to April 27 and joined by over 5,000 athletes. This year’s winners will represent the region in the 2023 Palarong Pambansa in Marikina City from July 29 to August 5. By Marie Tonette Marticio (EV Mail April 24-30, 2023 issue)