The Province of Antique is the venue of the ongoing 2018 National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Meet, with University of Antique as the host institution.

On February 18 at 3 in the afternoon, the delegates, together with their regional officials and school heads, assembled at EBJ Freedom Park. The delegates from all participating state universities and colleges all over the country paraded going to the Binirayan Sports Complex.

The opening program formally started with a doxology, followed by the singing of the Provincial theme song by the University of Antique Chorale. The visitors were then welcomed by a field demonstration performed by two thousand University of Antique students.

Dr. Pablo S. Crespo, Jr., the newly installed University of Antique president, first gave his welcome remarks, followed by San Jose de Buenavista Mayor, Hon. Elmer C. Untaran, and Antique Governor, Hon. Rhodora Cadiao.

Cadiao quoted that the national SCUAA will be the week they “could never forget,” as the province again hosted a national sports event.

“Turn your fear into fire” was the core message of this year’s guest speaker, Hon. Monsour del Rosario, Representative of the 1st District of Makati and a former movie actor and taekwondo champion, who delivered the message in behalf of Senator Loren Legarda.

Later on, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) gave the late Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, former PASUC president who was slain, a special tribute by flying white balloons on air.

Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, the current PASUC president, formally opened the 2018 National SCUAA meet at 7:18 in the evening, followed by a united dance number by all delegates, and then a fireworks display.

This year’s national SCUAA meet has the theme, “PASUC @ 50: At the Forefront of the Global Dynamics in Public Higher Education through Sports”

Mr. Brily Madsali of ARMM’s Volleyball Men said he maintained a disciplined training in preparation for his sport event.

Passing all her subjects was Jazelyn Edeco of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) lawn tennis women’s basic preparation for the national event. In terms of training, she said she just did her usual drills. She added that the opening ceremony was “bongga” and that the first thing she noticed upon arriving in Antique were the segregated trash bins in the area.

Meanwhile, Alcris Ayson of Cagayan Valley’s Swimming team said they were not able to prepare for this year’s national SCUAA.
“Hindi po kami nakapag-prepare ng maayos kasi nagsunod po ‘yung regional meet tsaka national meet ngayon,” Ayson said.

“Pagkatapos ‘nung regional meet, after one week sunod na naman ‘yung national SCUAA… Almost four days kami nagbyahe papunta dito,” added Ayson.

This year’s national SCUAA meet was participated by 111 state universities and colleges.

Provincial Information Office - Antique