By Connie B. Destura
LEGAZPI CITY, 8April2016 — The torch relay for the Palarong Pambansa 2016 reeled off from Barangay Agos, Polangui, Albay, at the Albay-Camarines Sur boundary, early Friday morning.
Philippine Army (PA) soldiers relayed the torch from Polangui at about 5 a.m. to Oas where they passed it on at 7:45 a.m. to Philippine Navy men who ran with it from Oas to Ligao City.
The torch was given by Navy team to Philippine Air Force elements who relayed it from the city to Guinobatan town and passed it to the Bureau of Fire Protection officers who handed it to the Philippine National Police contingent at Camalig town.
In Daraga, the police officers passed the torch on to Philippine Coast Guard personnel who then turned it over to the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Legazpi runners who carried it to the Legazpi City Hall, reaching the area at about 12:15 p.m., much ahead of the scheduled arrival time of 2 p.m.
This happened as the passed-on torch bearers covered their respective town assignments much ahead of the scheduled time.
The torch will stay at Legazpi City Hall for the rest of the day and will be relayed again on Saturday morning.
The Saturday relay will be participated in by Mayon 360 Ultramarathoners who will run along the foot of Mayon Volcano.
The relay will be done from Sto. Domingo to Bacacay, then to Tabaco City and back to Legazpi City and stay in Albay Astrodome to be part of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 Governor’s Night.
During the opening on Sunday afternoon, after the parade, the torch will be carried by a runner from Albay Astrodome to Albay Sports and Tourism Complex, which will be relayed by different personalities in the field of sports from Albay.
The torch will be given to a person with disability who will light the flame.
It symbolizes the fact that every Albayano is part of the Palarong Pambansa 2016.(PNA)