SCUAA National Games 2017: Living the athlete’s dream

SCUAA NATIONAL GAMES 2017

How much is enough to make one grand event linger in the mind? Would fireworks display meeting  the setting sun’s glory be enough, or would 5,000 field demonstrators steal one’s memory of 8,000 delegates from across the country?

Nothing can be said enough to describe the immense State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Games 2017.

Basking in the sun, 8000 delegates gathered at Batangas port and endured the walk as the yearly event opened on Sunday, February 19, at Province of Batangas Exhibition Center.

From across the country, eighteen regional representations filled the venue.  These are  regions I, II,III, IVA, IVB,V, VI,VII, VIII,IX,X,XI,XII,NIR,NCR,CAR, ARMM, and CARAGA.

Losing oneself, in any athelete’s mind, to the dense crowd who cheered is more than expected. 8,000 delegates were almost equal to the 5,000 student supporters from Batangas State University (BATSU)  Integrated School.

Region 7 struts in blue and white before the dignitaries.
Region 7 struts in blue and white.
Coaches and support staff join the parade toward the Batangas Exhibition Center.
Coaches and support staff join the parade toward the Batangas Exhibition Center.

The high school students would be much eager to take part in the government-sponsored event  once they go to college.

It appeared to have double purpose as Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas   revealed earlier in his speech  that any athlete from the host province will receive a scholarship, if championship is secured.

More incentives, not just for the students but for the entire delegation, were presented by PASUC Vice President Jessie Zamora who  noted at the outset that respect and humility are some of the key things that build the spirit of cooperation toward internationalization.

His emphasis on the idea is aligned with the core principle upheld by the national games: “Paving the Path towards Internationalization through Sports.”

Different participants introduced by PASUC Regional Director were enthralled by Sen. Sonny Angara’s citation, most importantly,  of Michael Jordan’s advice: “I have failed over and over in my life that is why I succeeded.”

Senator Angara gave more than the needed inspiration during his speech. His revelation of the senate’s approval of the  8-million fund to make SUCs provide free education is something that underscores the present government’s support to learning especially in the 21st century.

A much clearer perspective is also given to sports as he continued mentioning that the sports authority will be giving a minimum of 5 million more for each SUC.

The keynote speaker’s advocacy  was  punctuated by the idea on the complimentary force to education  that makes it successful: “Make sports a priority amidst scarce resources…as it could better individuals… by virtue of training.”

Sen. Sonny Angara arrives at the venue to speak before 8,000 SCUAA National Games delegates.
Sen. Sonny Angara arrives at the venue to speak before 8,000 SCUAA National Games delegates.

A particular grandness of a particular gathering  does not simply linger because of the numbers that go with the sparkling lights at the end of the program.  It stays because it is where any virtue could be passed by anyone  to promote the common good.

The senator graced the event along with PASUC President Ricardo Rotoras, Batangas State University (BATSU) President Tirso A. Ronquillo, Cebu Technological University (CTU) President Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. and other SUC heads. UPO

Campus directors find time to witness the grand celebration.
Campus directors find time to witness the grand celebration.
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