Anticipation and excitement filled the jam-packed covered court of Pines City Colleges (PCC) as the opening of Intramurals 2014 kicked off last August with a parade of contingents from the non-teaching staff to the faculty and athletes of the different colleges.

The Masters of Ceremony were Pharmacy students Tristen Alan Mazo and Ellorah Khaya Abad. VP for Administration Ms. Ma. Regina S. Prats warmly acknowledged the excited crowd.

NSTP Coordinator John Patrick Sanchez introduced the guest speaker, former National Muay Thai Coach and three times World Muay Thai Champion Brent “Golden Boy” Velasco. He inspired the spectators as he shared his experiences as an athlete.  He mentioned how he at a young age dreamed of becoming a champion and how he worked hard for it. “There is no shortcut to success. You have to do your best. Become a champion, act like a champion,” said Velasco. He encouraged the students to be better and fearless to win all their battles.

The excitement heightened with the declaration of the opening of Intramurals by the VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Abigail T. Bersamin. She emphasized that commitment indeed is needed by the athletes and players in every competition.

The event continued with the Pulling of Flags by the Department players, followed by the Oath of Amateurism led by Wushu athlete Rochebe Golocan, and the lighting of the torch by Sheena Cobolan, a Volleyball athlete. Subsequently, an impressive cultural dance was presented by the BIBAK scholars in their native costumes.

Modern music filled the entire court as the most awaited event of the morning started – the Cheer Dance Competition. Participants amazed the crowd as they performed their electrifying dance routines with intensity, confidence, and pride. Loud applause filled the venue as the students cheered for their respective colleges. The judges were Professor Jennifer Inovero of UP Baguio; Mr. Salvador Dalang II of SLU-LHS; and Mr. Henry Esquejo of Don Bosco High School.

Two more breath taking performances were delivered by the Wushu Team and PCC Chorale headed by Coach Aries Estino and SAO Jason Belino, respectively.

Everyone was anxious as the awarding took place. It was a close fight between three colleges, but the College of Medical Laboratory Science was victorious in grabbing the championship title from then undefeated champion, the College of Pharmacy. The team-up of the College of Nursing and School of Midwifery was hailed the 1st Runner-Up and the College of Dentistry emerged as the 2nd Runner-Up.

The playoffs started in the afternoon and will run from August 8 to September 13.