Earlier today (February 22, 2019), the Abra Stallions were sent off to Apayao for the 2019 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) Meet. The delegation is composed of 703 athletes, coaches, chaperones, and officiating officials. The CARAA Meet will take place in Luna, Apayao, from February 26 to March 4, 2019.

During the send-off program, Schools Division Superintendent Amador Garcia Sr. said that in the history of Abra joining the CARAA Meet, this year’s preparation was the longest. According to Garcia, the athletes are already physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially prepared for the competition. Garcia also wished the best of luck to the delegation to succeed in their respective sports event.

Gov. Joy Bernos also hoped that the athletes will be able to apply what they have learned during their training that took four months. She also urged the delegation to retain the province’s standing (4th place) from the previous CARAA Meet or better yet surpass it. Bernos said that there will be a corresponding incentive for every medal of the athletes when they get home.

The governor expressed her appreciation to the team adding that the other provinces see the Abra Stallions as a great threat to the competition.

“Iti panangabak yo ubbing ket saan kuma laeng a personal a banag no di ketdi para iti probinsya nga Abra, para kadatayo amin,” Bernos said.

Bernos also advised the athletes to play for sportsmanship and friendship, and ensure their best to bring home the victory. She also handed allowances for each athlete, coach, and official during the program.