By the SCUAA 'Updates' Staff
Posted on February 08, 2015
Known for its pancit batil patong and its Cagayan River, the longest and the largest river in the archipelago, Tuguegarao City has once more been put in the national map as it hosts the National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) 2015 Olympic Games, which formally opened today at the newly refurbished Cagayan Sports Complex with Cagayan State University as host.
At 6:30 a.m., a parade around the city closely secured by the members of the Philippine National Police started the week-long Olympic Games, which is co-hosted by the Provincial Government of Cagayan and the local government unit of Tuguegarao City, with participants from 112 SUCs sporting their colorful uniforms and banners and ushered by 9 drum and lyre bands coming from the Department of Education schools.
Although the weather was a bit on the cold side, and it was drizzling at the early part of the morning, the sportsfest was formally opened by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras.
Rep. Roman Romulo, chair of the house committee on higher and technical education, graced the opening ceremony of the sportsfest with around 5,000 athletes and officials who will vie for top honors led by the perennial champion, National Capital Region, and who the congressman described as the future sports superstars of the Asian Games, or possibly, Olympic Games.
Aside from Romulo, the other notable personalities present at the ceremony covered live by local and national media were Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio, Cagayan Third District Rep. Randolf Ting, Tuguegarao Mayor Engelbert Caronan, COO-NATTCO Rep. Anthony Bravo, Commission on Higher Education Commisioner Alex Brilliantes and CSU President Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, who, on behalf of the other four SUCs in Region 2, welcomed the delegations in his opening remarks.
To highlight the ceremony and to welcome the delegates, guests and visitors to the city, about 9,000 basic physical education students of CSU coming from its Carig and Andrews campuses performed an enthralling 20-minute field demonstration, which is believed to be a 'potential' Guinness record.
Participants of the competitions, supervised by PASUC, will compete in 21 sporting events, namely, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, dancesports, football, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, arnis, karatedo, pencak silat, futsal, boxing, and archery.
Hostilities kicked off 1 p.m. of the same day with the finals of all the events including the awards and closing ceremonies will be held on Feb. 14.
Western Mindanao, NCR, Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, ARMM, Northern Mindanao, SOCSARGEN, CARAGA and Davao are the participating regions.