The country’s six Paralympians will be feted on Thursday in a virtual send-off ceremony arranged by the Philippine Sports Commission.
It will be streamed on the agency’s Facebook page at 6 p.m., three days before the delegation leaves for Tokyo, Japan.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself will deliver his message of support to our para-athletes.
PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, in interviews, has expressed the PSC Board’s support to the six athletes, encouraging them to “enjoy the experience and have fun” in their Paralympics’ campaign.
Senator Bong Go, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports and Congressman Mike Dy, Chairman of the Congress Committee on Youth and Sports, along with the Philippine Paralympic Committee President Mike Barredo will also give their well wishes in the same event.
The Philippines is set to compete in six sports, including events in athletics, which will be covered by wheelchair athlete Jerrold Mangliwan and para discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda.
Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino are set to compete in swimming events, while Achelle Guion (para powerlifting) and Allain Ganapin (para taekwondo) are set to compete in their respective sports.
Mangliwan is set to be the flag bearer in the opening ceremony, while Gawilan will do it for the closing rites. They will be joined by chef de mission Francis Carlos Diaz with their coaches throughout the event.