This year’s State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Olympics posted a challenge to develop hard work, sportsmanship, and discipline among the athletes.
Hosted by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) Region VI, the said event kicked off in an opening ceremony held Sunday, February 19, at the Iloilo Sports Complex, attended by more than 5,000 delegates and officials from the 111 SUCs all over the country.
Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Commissioner addressed the athletes, “I’m a true believer of the value of sports in the nation. We need the value of team work that’s badly needed in our country today.” She also emphasized that sports events such the SCUAA National Olympics is also an avenue of discipline and hard work.
Senator Franklin Drilon, the keynote speaker during the opening ceremony, urged the delegates to “struggle for excellence” and let discipline and hard work be encouraged. He added that as “products of public funds”, being an athlete of the SCUAA is one way of giving back.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. pointed out that in sports, one is taught to be honest and responsible. The Governor also challenged all the participants to bring home medals not only to their schools but also to the country in the years to come.
The opening ceremony included a special number from Grupo de Oeste from the College of PESCAR of West Visayas State University (WVSU) who has been the grand champion of the Paraw Regatta samba competition for years now; the rhythm and music of the Ritmo Tambores; the presentation of the Mr. and Ms. SCUAA 2012 contestants and candidates; and more exhibitions of talents from different schools from the province and the city of Iloilo.
A 10-minute fireworks display was the finale of the event.
The National SCUAA Olympics is an annual sports competition held among state colleges and universities all over the Philippines. Venues of the games and competitions will be the Iloilo Sports Complex, La Paz Plaza and Pavia football grounds and facilities of the hosting schools. (Trimedia Publicity Committee-WVSU College of Mass Communications)