ANTIPOLO City, May 17, 2013—The Commission on Youth of the diocese of Antipolo held a Diocesan Youth Sports Fest aimed to help young people strengthen their relationship with fellow youth. 

Themed “Youth. Life. Celebration. Rio,” the event was held last May 11 at the Sto. Niño de Praga Parish. 

Almost 500 young people in the diocese joined the series of activities that involved street dancing competition and different types of games during the whole-day sports fest. 

In his homily, Fr. Roland Alcones, parish priest of the host parish, affirmed the youth in their energy, vibrancy and participation in the Church. 

He also encouraged them to be socially involved particularly in issues concerning the youth and community. 

Aside from providing the youth with a venue for fellowship and social growth, the event was also intended to be a platform for the diocesan send-off of the delegates for the World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this coming July. 

The event’s activities include a street dancing competition that showcased the Mardi Gras, and the ‘minute to win it’ challenges that grouped participants to 15 players each. 

The Vicariate of Our Lady of Aranzazu was hailed champion of the street dance competition.  The Vicariate of Immaculate Conception bagged 1st runner-up while the Vicariate of Our Lady of Light got the 2nd runner-up. 

Special awards were given to Gannia Tabid for Brazilian Beauty, San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish for Early Bird and the Vicariate of San Ildefonso de Toledo for the Best in Street Dance during the parade. 

The next diocesan youth sports fest in 2014 will be hosted by the St. Clement Parish in Angono, Rizal. (Jandel Posion)