The best example of the title of this article was the recent Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet in San Carlos City, Pangasinan where Dagupan City’s athletes pitted but prevailed with huge provincial sport's teams Pangasinan- 1, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and cities of Laoag, Vigan, San Fernando, Alaminos, Urdaneta, and San Carlos.
Dagupan City, through the aggressive support of the sports of her Mayor Belen Fernandez , finished second best in the over-all official ranking of the R1AA Meet from the over-all champion Pangasinan- 2.
“Dagupan City was declared champion in the elementary level with 20 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze medals and first runner-up in the secondary level with 24 gold, 21 silver and 20 bronze medals. Commissioner Finnela T. Sim of the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) disclosed that this was the first time that the elementary level clinched the championship crown and the second spot over-all in the history of R1AA,” according to the press release by the Dagupan City’s local government.
According to Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo, the city government’s vigorous support led by the mayor and the Dagupan City Sports Council and the Dagupan City Athletic Association inspired the athletes so much to go for gold
Bravo expressed hopes that in the next R1AA, the city will finally be on top and be known as the home of the best athletes in Region 1.