CAR athletes persuaded to level up in national SCUAA
Ifugao State University President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon persuaded the athletes and sport directors from the Cordillera state universities and colleges to improve performance in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Games that commenced yesterday in the Province of Antique.
Prior to the official start of the athletic meet, the sport directors, coaches, and athletes convened at their billeting area where Dr. Ngohayon gave his message. He mentioned three key important values for Cordillera to level up in SCUAA. These are solidarity, determination, and responsibility.
Dr. Ngohayon said cooperation among Cordillerans regardless of provincial origin is important. As one Cordillera, according to him, the different state universities and colleges (SUCs) must empower one another by putting together resources and by recognizing each other’s talents, skills, and potentials. He said it is only then when the region becomes a stronghold for sports. He expressed appreciation to the Benguet State University for spearheading the food preparation and each SUC for the counterpart.
The IFSU President told the athletes to maximize their potentials. Glimpse of hope, according to him, is the decrease of gap in medal performance between Cordillera and the sport powerhouse National Capital Region. As such, he instilled in them the Japanese expression, “Ganbatte kudasai (do your best)”. He told them to learn from the Japanese culture where doing the best is highly respected. He assured then an “on the spot” P 5, 000.00 reward to athletes winning gold.
Sport directors and coaches were told to act as parents of the athletes. Dr. Ngohayon told them to prioritize their athletes’ welfare and development. He urged them to consider proposing policies for sports development taking advantage of the strong funding support of the national government. These, according to him, are the legal basis for funding.
The Opening Ceremony
Hosted by University of Antique, in partnership with the province’s local government units, the opening ceremony commenced with a parade from the Capitol to the sports complex. The presentations highlighted Antique’s products. Mats and dresses made of dried coconut leaves were exhibited by local dance performers. Antique’s main product is coconut according to the locals.
During the program, actor and sport enthusiast Monsour del Rosario shared three stages of education for human development: home education, formal education, and sports education. He said these stages are for the total formation of a person in terms of values, academic competence, and healthy lifestyle. He also shared the three Ds for athletes to be successful: desire, discipline, and determination.
Further, included in the program was a tribute to the late Ricardo E. Rotoras, President of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC). Dr. Ngohayon did a ceremonial presentation of his life and achievements. It concluded with the community singing of Michael Bolton’s “Go the Distance.”
Antique has been upgrading its sports facilities and the newest ones are rubberized oval track and swimming pool. As such, it also hosted last year’s Palarong Pambansa for the secondary and elementary level.
# Jeremy M. Gawongna