Mapua, Feati, UST dominate events

Community News & Features Jul 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

TUG-OF-WARInter-college sportsfest heats up the summer

Mapua thumped the strong Feati team by just one point to emerge as this year’s champion at the Philippine Colleges and Universities Alumni Association (PCUAA) Sportsfest and Picnic held at Mississauga Valley Park on Sunday, July 6. UST placed second runner-up, while Adamson, Central Philippine University and San Beda tied at third place.

“All in the spirit of fun and community building, we’ve been holding the sportsfest every summer,” University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Toronto acting President Beth Ruivivar-Vasquez said. UP had the biggest contingent with close to 100 alumni and their families attending.

UST-CMYK“When we started this PCUAA activity, we only wanted a concurrent picnic,” explained UST Chairperson and PCUAA co-founder Priscilla Cayford. “It has since grown, and we now have 18 colleges and universities. The event is open to all. We enjoy meeting people from the Philippines,” Cayford said.

The sportsfest and picnic was attended by alumni, family members and friends from Mapua Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, San Beda College, Ateneo University, University of San Agustin, University of the East, Adamson University, De La Salle University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of the Philippines, Feati University, Central Philippine University, College of the Holy Spirit, Centro Escolar University, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, Jose Rizal University, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

BEACH-VOLLEYBALL-CMYK“Volleyball and tug-of-war are the main events,” said Tom Mascardo, the leader of this year’s PCUAA sportsfest.

The College of the Holy Spirit hosted the Children’s Games led by Lydia Bernardino.

Consul General Juniver Malihum-West, a UP graduate, brought the Philippine Consulate staff to register Filipino voters, and provide dual citizenship information and other valuable assistance.

On the bright sidelights, informal career mentoring took place as part of the meet-and-greet and chika-chika. UP treasure Romi MananQuil painted with young visual artists. Maestro Romi gladly had photos taken with visual arts fans. Young Filipino theater artists promoted their play, Bienvenido Noriega’s “Letters from Home.” Cid Borja of Adamson University treated everyone to waffles in the morning, taho at lunch, gulaman for merienda, and loads of jokes all day.

(By Rowena Sugay) Photos by Rene Sevilla