Cheers and trumpets traveled across the walls of the Anselmo Bustos Sports Complex of the University of San Carlos (USC) Downtown Campus as the intramurals came to a close on Friday, August 26.
With the theme “Cleaning the Educational Slate: Pursuing Transformed Standards”, the closing ceremony started with a doxology performance from the USC Performing Arts club at 3:00 p.m. As soon as the performance ended, the audience valiantly positioned their hands to their chests, with the USC Choristers leading them in the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the university hymn.
The crowd went wild as the hosts Roy Racaza and Claire Codilla called out the eight schools of the university: School of Law and Governance (SLG), School of Engineering (SOE), School of Business and Economics (SBE), School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD), School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), School of Health Care Professions (SHCP), and School of Education (SED), with a special mention of the Senior High School students.
One of the most awaited moments of the ceremony then took place: the awarding of the first batch of games – chess, swimming, table tennis, and track and field games. The Director of Student Services, Fr. Emmanuel Mario A. Sarabia, SVD, then presented the trophies and medals to the victors. He was assisted by Gerome Josef Diaz and Camille Angelica Canlas, who were respectively awarded the 1st runner-up and champion of the Mr. and Ms. USC Intramurals 2016. The first set of champions were the School of Law and Governance (SLG) for Chess, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) for Swimming Women’s Division, School of Engineering (SOE) for Swimming Men’s Division, School of Engineering (SOE) for Table Tennis in both the Men and Women’s Division, and School of Business and Economics (SBE) for Track and Field.
Some members from the USC Choristers then serenaded the crowd with a heartwarming song number.
Immediately after, the awarding of the second batch of games – badminton, lawn tennis, futsal, flag football, and frisbee commenced. Vice President for Administration Fr. Eleno Bucia gave the awards to the corresponding winners. The Senior High School students were champions in the Badminton Women’s Division. School of Engineering (SOE) bagged the champion title for Badminton Men’s Division, while School of Business and Economics (SBE) dominated the Lawn Tennis Men and Women’s Division, Futsal and Flag Football Games.
Goosebumps appeared as the USC Choristers belted a rendition of “One Day More” from the Broadway musical, Les Misérables.
Thunderous roars deafened the audience’s ears as the most awaited part of the closing ceremony arrived – The USC Pop Jazz Dance Competition. Energy levels rose to a hundred as each performance owned the stage. Varying themes were reflected in every performance.
The competition started off with the wild dance moves and the on point facial expressions of the tribal-themed School of Business and Economics (SBE) representatives. It was followed by the patriotic, Heneral Luna-themed performance of the School of Engineering (SOE). The Senior High School students came in after with paint all over their bodies; the School of Health Care and Professions (SHCP) danced as red Chinese zombies. Next in line were the black foxes of School of Education (SED) The representatives of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) bounced in right after, and finally, all eyes were on the sassy snakes of the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD).
The final showdown commenced thereafter, as all the seven group contestants showed off their grooving dance moves inside the court.
An intermission number by siblings Troy and Tracey Villarta followed to lighten up the tightening Pop Jazz competition. Both of them showcased their dance sports moves as they swayed through and across the court.
The final lists of winners were again announced: School of Business and Economics (SBE) was proclaimed as champions in men’s volleyball and 4-peat champion for basketball; School of Education (SED) grabbed the champion title for women’s basketball; School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) is this year’s football champion; the students from School of Engineering (SOE) cheered as they garnered the championship title for Frisbee; and School of Health Care and Professions (SHCP) triumphed in victory as they are once again declared champion for women’s volleyball, fifth year in a row. These winners mentioned were awarded by Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ramon S. Del Fierro, who was assisted by Mr. and Ms. USC Intramurals 2016.
Wrapping up the annual USC Days closing ceremonies, the Pop Jazz competition winners were declared. The fierce tribe of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) landed second runner up, followed by the royal blooded Chinese zombies of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Thereafter, almost the entire audience made the “bourne” sign, signifying their support towards the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) to be this year’s Popjazz grand champion. Indeed, the grand champions were the hissing snakes of the SAFAD Virtuoso.
The USC Days have finally come to an end. A few days from now, the medals, the trophies, and the scores may already be forgotten, but the moment – the time we, Carolinians, joined as one – will forever be embedded in our hearts. Now, we look onward to whatever is in store for next year’s intramurals. And we wait.