Philippine National Games
GenreMulti-sport event
FrequencyBiennial (proposed)
Inaugurated1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Organized byPhilippine Sports Commission
Philippine Olympic Committee

The Philippine National Games officially known as the POC-PSC Games is a national multi-sport tournament in the Philippines. It was created as a means to determine the possible composition of national pool athletes that will compete in international tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.[1]


The Philippine National Games was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 163 dated March 3, 1994, during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos.[1]

The first edition was held in Manila in 1994, then the next edition was held two years later in the same venue. Cebu City hosted the third edition in 1997. However, the games were scrapped in 1998 due to lack of funds to organize the event.[2][3] The holding of games were halted until its revival in 2011. Since then the games were held annually.[4] Starting from the 2011 edition, the Philippine Sports Committee has been co-organizing the games with the Philippine Olympic Committee.[5]

The 2015 edition was divided into three legs which were hosted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with each leg including 10 events each for the same sports doubling as qualifiers for the 2016 edition.[6][7] Starting the 2016 edition the National Games will be LGU-based. In the previous editions, athletes represented their school, club or a sponsoring group. Athletes will be able to formally represent their municipality, city or province at the games but in the finals athletes will only represent one of the four regions; Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region.[8]

The conduct of the National Games would be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 edition.[9]

During the 19th Congress of the Philippines, a measure seeking to institutionalize the National Games as the "government's premier national sports competition" to be held biannually has been filed. It was aimed that the National Games would become a "more comprehensive" version of the Palarong Pambansa, the government's students' national games.[10][11]

Last held in 2018 since the pandemic, the National Games is set to return in 2023. With the city of Manila as the host for fifth time, it will run from December 17 to 22.[12][13]


Year Main
Province Region Island group
1994 Manila National Capital Region Luzon
1996 Manila National Capital Region Luzon
1997 Cebu City Central Visayas Visayas
2011 Bacolod Western Visayas Visayas
2012 Dumaguete Negros Oriental Central Visayas Visayas
2013 Manila National Capital Region Luzon
2014 Manila National Capital Region Luzon
2016 Lingayen Pangasinan Ilocos Region Luzon
2018 Cebu City Central Visayas Visayas
2023 Manila National Capital Region Luzon

Map of host cities


The following are the sports contested at the National Games (as of May 2014).

Olympic sports

Other sports

Paralympic sports


Expected purposes of future National Games
Edition Preparation for
2023 National Games 2023 2022 Asian Games
August 2024 2024 Summer Olympics
2025 National Games December 2025 2025 SEA Games
September 2026 2026 Asian Games
2027 National Games 2027 2027 SEA Games
July 2028 2028 Summer Olympics
2029 National Games 2029 2029 SEA Games
2030 2030 Asian Games
2031 National Games 2031 2031 SEA Games
July 2032 2032 Summer Olympics
2033 National Games 2033 2033 SEA Games
November 2034 2034 Asian Games


  1. ^ a b "THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES". PNG. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Remarks of President Ramos at the Welcome Ceremonies and Courtesy Call of the Philippine delegation to the Atlanta Olympics, August 11, 1996". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. August 11, 1996. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "PSC set to revive National Games". The Philippine Star. June 8, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Terrado, Reuben (March 11, 2014). "Manila to host 2014 Philippine National Games in May". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "National Games show POC, PSC unity in sports". GMA News. May 25, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Leongson, Randolph (June 23, 2015). "Philippine National Games to hold 3 qualifying legs nationwide". Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Philippine National Games 2015" (PDF). Philippine National Games. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  8. ^ Rosal, Glendale (November 24, 2015). "Major changes for PNG, BP tilts". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "PSC officially cancels PH National Games, Batang Pinoy". ABS-CBN News. May 11, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  10. ^ "PH National Games OK'd by House panel; will replace Palarong Pambansa". Manila Bulletin. November 8, 2022. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  11. ^ Casayuran, Mario (April 13, 2023). "Go files 'Philippine National Games Act' to develop promising Pinoy athletes". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  12. ^ Navarro, June (June 18, 2023). "PSC readies National Games reboot". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 18, 2023.
  13. ^ "PSC preps for better Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy". cnn. Retrieved August 15, 2023.