PRISAA blasts off in Cebu

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CEBU CITY—With close to 4,000 athletes in the fold, the 2012 PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) National Collegiate Games take the spotlight starting today at the Javellana Sports Complex in Cebu City.

These students represent around 400 member schools from 19 regions in the week-long meet that will see them  battle it out for honors in seven team sports and 10 individual events.

According to Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, chairman of the longest-running sportsfest in the collegiate level, everything is set for the opening ceremonies this morning.

Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City mayor Michael Rama, PRISAA national present Rev. Fr. Vicente Uy and PRISAA secretary-general Laureano Santos head the list of guests gracing the opening rites.       

The team events are men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s beach volleyball, men’s football, men’s sepak takraw, women’s softball and men’s and women’s volleyball.

Also on tap are men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s badminton, men’s boxing, which is making its second appearance in the PRISAA Games, men’s and women’s chess, dance sports, men’s and women’s karatedo, men’s and women’s lawn tennis, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s table tennis, and men’s and women’s taekwondo.

Angeles thanked businessman Manny V. Pangilinan in accepting his appointment as honorary chairman of the event, and telecom giant Smart for supporting the sports spectacle featuring the cream of collegiate sports in the land.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Pangilinan in accepting the position as honorary chairman of the PRISAA National Collegiate Games, which is a recognition of the role this sportsfest plays in the country’s sports development program,” he said.

“We are proud to say that our athletes represent the best in their respective sports since they have to compete first at the division and district level then at the regional PRISAA meets before they can represent their region in the nationals,” noted the former Commission on Higher Education chairman.

Both PRISAA officials were proud that some of the country’s top national athletes were former PRISAA standouts, including track star Lydia de Vega, multi-titled swimmer Eric Buhain and towering national and ex-pro EJ Feihl.

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