?Palaro? goes hi-tech with new website, first social media facility

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In a press briefing on Wednesday at the DepEd central office in Pasig, officials from the education department and the provincial government of Pangasinan said the government is pulling out all the stops to make the 2012 Palaro as interactive and inclusive as possible. Organizers of the sporting spectacle, to be held in Lingayen, Pangasinan on May 6 to 13, have put up a custom-built website where visitors can view the results and watch the games live via video-streaming. The site functions like a TV since it has a main channel where the video-streaming is broadcast and another 17 channels for the 17 sports disciplines being played at the competition. It may even be better than TV since viewers can review that games they missed just by replaying the video clips in the site. This year?s Palaro will also be breaking new grounds with the use of the first Social Media Command Center in the Philippines to allow social media users to interact and share the festivities online.   An army of about 140 volunteers, mostly students, will operate the nerve center around-the-clock giving updates and answering queries via Twitter and Facebook, officials said. The Pangasinan provincial government spent ?less than a million pesos? in putting up the social media hub, according to Vanj Padilla, the social media chief of Palarong Pambansa. Padilla said they got the idea of putting up the social media command center from the recent Super Bowl football championship in the US in which a similar nerve center was instrumental in popularizing the event among netizens. The Palaro, she said, is probably the second sporting event in the world to utilize a social media command center after the Super Bowl.]]>

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