By Communications Desk-Office of the President
Posted on December 14, 2015
The annual university games kicked off last November 24-27, 2015, Tuesday to Friday at CSU Piat as host campus with the theme “SPORTS: Building Peace, Unity and Excellence”. This was participated by sports buffs of the eight campuses of the university that comprised seven competing teams namely: Carig Red Eagles, Piat Herons, Aparri Hawks, Andrews Owls, Sanchez Mira Falcons, and the Cardinals or popularly known as GOLALA (GO-Gonzaga Ravens, LA-Lasam Sparrows, & LA-Lal-lo Orioles).
The sports festival started with the celebration of the Holy Mass at the University Gymnasium presided by Fr. Lloyd De Leon and was followed by a parade around the Poblacion of Piat led by Dr. Vicente Binasoy, Campus Executive Officer (CEO) of Piat Campus, and CEOs of the different CSU Campuses. The solidarity meeting that was participated by the university officials, coaches and officiating officials led by Dr. Rolando R. Tugade Jr., University Sports Director, followed afterwards.
In the afternoon, while waiting for the opening ceremony to proceed, the much awaited cheer and dance competition excited the crowd as the eight competing campuses showcased their gymnastic prowess and dancing stints. Andrews Owls emerged as Champions, Carig Red Eagles finished at the second spot while Piat Herons owned the third spot.
At the opening ceremony, Hon. Atty. Carmelo “Black” O. Villacete, Local Chief Executive of Piat welcomed the delegates to CSU Piat as he delightedly mentioned CSU-Piat as the ‘Agri-Tourism Campus of CSU’. In his speech, he inspired the delegates and athletes by narrating his experiences as an athlete being a young rodeo in his own ways during his time in Northern Luzon State College of Agriculture (now Cagayan State University-Piat Campus). He also mentioned the strong collaboration of CSU Piat and the Local Government Unit of Piat with the People’s Integrated Agri-Tourism Center (PIAT) as one of its notable outcomes.
Moreover, Dr. Teoticia Taguibao, Regional Director of Commission on Higher Education Region 2 on her speech, praised the University for its continued quest of excellence in the field of instruction, research and extension. She also enthused the athletes with her quotes stating:
“Sports also teaches us teamwork which every person counts. It teaches us the importance of fair play and observing code of rules. It sets aside our personal aspirations for the benefit for collective goal and it teaches us that winning or losing can be done with honour knowing that one did the very best of one’s ability…”
Meanwhile, Dr. Manuel N. Mamba, in his message took the opportunity to challenge delegates to get out and become part of the community. The youth, according to Mamba should get involved in touching the lives of the people.
On the same occasion, Hon. Atty. Leni G. Robredo, Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur was invited as the guest of honour, and was represented by her daughter Ms. Janine Patricia Robredo. The young Robredo said in her keynote speech that athletes hold a special place in her heart because she was once an athlete too, and she knew the struggle an athlete must surpass just to achieve his or her goal of winning. She also stressed the importance of sports in the lives of every students.
“Alam ko ‘yung mga oras na ginugugol natin sa training. Napagdaanan ko po lahat yan…nakakapagod po pero nakita ko na sulit po ang pagiging atleta kasi marami tayong natututunan (kagaya ng) disiplina, pagmamahalan sa isa’t-isa at teamwork.
Janine also added that after all competitions, there will be and only one CSU.
“Nagte-training tayo sa mga competitions para tayo ay manalo kapag may mga kalaban tayo pero minsan nalilimutan natin na sa bigger picture, tayo ay magkakakampi. Kahit iba’t-ibang campuses ang pinanggalingan ninyo, at the end of the day, iisang CSU parin kayo”. She ended.
Furthermore, Dr. Mariden C. Ventura, CSU Vice President for Academic Affairs together with Dr. Rolando Tugade Jr. hoisted the university flag. Campus Flags were also hove by the Campus Executive Officers together with their muses. This was followed by the Oath of Amateurism led by Ms. Maela Mariz Ebina, National Athletics Awardee; the Oath of Sportsmanship led by Prof. Bernard Palattao, CSU Piat Sports Coordinator; and the Oath of Officiating Officials led by Dr. Rolando R. Tugade Jr.
The lighting of the ‘Friendship Urn’ that symbolized peace and friendship immediately followed led by Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, University President. It was also participated by other university officials and guests. The formal declaration of the opening of the 2015 University Games was led by the President himself.
Other details of the 2015 University Games can be read in the ‘University Flash’, the official newsletter for sports and socio-cultural events of the university.