THE Lopez Group Palaro is a special sports event among the employees of the Lopez Group of companies that is held once in every four years just like the Olympics. Over 720 kapamilya participated in this year’s Lopez Group Palaro festivities.
The energetic yellow Nationalism Team composed of Rockwell and Asian Eye Institute employees were the big winners in this year’s Lopez Group Palaro held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on October 5.
The Yellow Team’s toughest competition—separated by a very slim margin of only three points in the total scoring—came from the orange Unity/Integrity Team of Energy Development Corporation and OML Center, which placed second overall.
In third place was the blue Pioneering Entrepreneurial Spirit Team made up of ABS-CBN, SKY and Knowledge Channel. Trailing behind during the early games, the Blue Team boosted itself to a strong second runnerup finish by dominating the basketball event.
In the order that they placed next, rounding out the teams were the green Social Justice Team of Adtel, Eugenio Lopez Foundation Inc., Lopez Group Foundation Inc., Lopez Inc., Lopez Holdings Corporation, INAEC, IBSI and BIAI; the gray Business Excellence Team of First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), First Gen Corporation and First Philippine Industrial Park; and the red Employee Welfare and Wellness Team of First Balfour, First Philippine Realty Corporation, Third Gen, Thermaprime, Terraprime, First Philippine Industrial Corporation and First Philec.
All teams in this year’s Lopez Palaro played in celebration of the theme, “Win It, Sustain It!” The theme aligns with the Lopez Group’s call to help each other in championing sustainability in the way we do business and in our everyday actions.
Lopez Group HR Council chairperson Cedie Lopez Vargas delivered the opening remarks. Giving their all in doing the hosting chores during the tournament were DJ Jai Ho and FPH’s Ayie Volpane.
The teams competed in various games and fun activities. First was the attendance contest, which the Green Team won by having the greatest number of early bird registrants present. Green also won the loop the loop fun game. The Yellow Team lorded it over the ping-pong, obstacle course race and chopsticks games. The Orange Team got top ranks in the zip line and volleyball games.
The Blue Team grabbed victory in the paper tractor and basketball, as earlier mentioned. The Red Team, meanwhile, won the twin walk fun game.
The teams also tried to outdo each other in the cheering competition, which was scored separately from the regular game events. Out-cheering everyone with their interpretation of their assigned Employee Welfare and Wellness value, the Red Team walked away with first place. The other teams that came next in the cheering scores were Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green and Gray.