SCUAA: 22nd season unwraps on Monday
January 18, 2010 7:10 am
MANILA, Jan. 17 — The 22nd season of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA)-National Capital Region formally comes off the wraps Monday, January 18, at the Rizal Technological University grounds in Mandaluyong City.
Senator Manuel "Mar" A. Roxas II will deliver the inspirational remarks during the 3 p.m. opening ceremony to be highlighted by the parade of the athletic delegations from the seven participating colleges and universities and the lighting of the SCUAA-NCR torch.
Congressman Neptali Gonzales II and Mayor Benjamin C. Abalos Jr. of Mandaluyong City will also give inspirational speeches during the elaborate opening ceremonies prepared by this year's host RTU starting at 3 p.m.
RTU president Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug will declare the formal opening of the SCUAA-NCR competition.
"Everything is ready. We're leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of the opening of our 22nd SCUAA-NCR season," said Macaballug, who is hosting the annual sports spectacle among leading state colleges and universities for the second time in six years.
"We are really proud to say that all the member-schools of SCUAA-NCR are really moving ahead toward sports excellence, which is also our general theme," added Macaballug, who also tapped Dr. Gregorio G. Coronel as the executive director of the 22nd SCUAA-NCR season.
Aside from perennial overall champion RTU, the other member-schools of SCUAA-NCR are Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Technological University of the Philippines, Philippine Normal University, Marikina Polytechnic College and Philippine State College of Aeronautics.
Coronel said the grand opening ceremony will kick off with the traditional parade of the athletic delegations from the seven member-schools at the Mandaluyong City Hall fronting the gymnasium.
The Teatro Rizalio will provide the opening salvo.
The RTU Chorale will lead the singing of the national anthem before Dr. Macaballug will deliver the welcome remarks.
Dr. Coronel will then introduce the athletic delegations of the different member-schools.
After the inspirational messages of Senator Roxas, Congressman Gonzales and Mayor Abalos, the SCUAA-NCR flag will be jointly hoisted and the SCUAA-NCR torch will be lighted.
Arkhie Simbillo will lead the oath of sportsmanship.
The opening ceremony will be capped by field demonstration of students of host RTU.
Prof. Jackie Capuchino and Engr. Jaime Licuanan will be the masters of ceremonies.
The actual sports competitions will begin Tuesday. (PNA) scs/LOR