NAASCU President Dr. Jay welcomes the NAASCU Fans
For the past twelve years the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities has been weathering so many storms that has plagued the league literally and figuaratively. The NAASCU was suppose to open on July 30 but typhoon Gener made things hard for the league to start in time as the roads leading to the Makati Coliseum were flooded which made league officials reset the opening to August 1. Finally when the league opened the winners were the students who trooped to the Coliseum to cheer for their respective teams.
The STI College Olympians
The NAASCU opened with the ethereal voice of Ms. Stacey Gonzales of Centro Escolar University rendering the heartwarming Invocation song “The Prayer” which was then followed by a prayer by Bro. Jeofrey Bautista of New Era University. The City University of Pasay ROTC Cadets brought in the Philippine Flag and the NAASCU flag while Ms. Gonzales sang the National Anthem acapela. NAASCU President Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem welcomed the jam-packed Makati Coliseum crowd and said that the only thing he can assure is that the NAASCU will get better and better.
Inspirational Speaker Alvin Patrimonio
Giving the opening ceremonies a big boost was the presence of the inspirational speaker, four time PBA MVP Alvin “the Captain” Patrimonio. Alvin was the main attraction of the PBA in the 90’s and he shared to the NAASCU fans and athletes some of the secrets of his success. One of the most important things Alvin mentioned was that there is no shortcut for success! You must start from the bottom and work your way up to the top in order for you to become successful. That is why the NAASCU is the best place to start your way up to the top. Another important thing he added was a quote he shared “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” This adage is another important factor that he added to his life.
Guest speaker Samboy Lim
Avelino “Samboy” Lim is another guest that was greeted with a rousing welcome by the NAASCU fans and athletes. Lim, shy and soft spoken, likewise addressed the crowd with his brand of teamwork and discipline which are key ingredients that one can learn in grassroots development of sports. Lim was a member of the original Dream Team of the PBA in 1990 and was part of the Mythical 5 of the Asian games.
11th Season Over-all Champion CEU
The NAASCU also awarded the achievers of 2011 by giving out the trophies for the over-all champion. First up was granting full membership status of Our Lady of Fatima University and giving the City University of Pasay another trophy which is the Most Cooperative School. The City University of Pasay has been tagged as the school which sold the most number of tickets all season long. After that, three schools stood tall by accepting their trophies for their outstanding performance last school year. AMA University garnered the second runner-up trophy in the over-all race while Our Lady of Fatima University copped first runner-up. Centro Escolar University was the runaway winner for the Over-all champion of the 2010 -2011 season.
Carlo Saldaña & Denise Sangalang,
Mr. & Ms. NAASCU 2012
Again, the highlight of the day was the search for Mr. and Ms. NAASCU 2012. The judges of the event were Mr. Joemel Castor, Mr. Roger Fortaleza and Engineer Gilbert Artificio who are all certified friends of NAASCU. Coming out the fairest of them all was the pair from STI College Carlo Saldaña and Denise Louise Sangalang who was adjudged Mr. and Ms. NAASCU 2012. The 1st Runner-up was given to Aldrin Yambot of City University of Pasay and Jana Don Diego of New Era University. Finally the second runner-up was won by the pair from St. Clare College, Robin Dulalia and Rose Anne Roncal.