In the same blaze of glory that set alight the epilogues of previous celebrations of ages past, the intramurals this year was put to close with an epic finale.
Carolinians were filling up the Anselmo Bustos Gymnasium hours before the beginning of the closing ceremony, which took place at 3:00 p.m. Each side of the gymnasium bore different colors, now appearing more distinct this year as the College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA), College of Education (CoEd), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), claimed sections of the seats as their own.
The program started out with an invocation, a reading from the Bible and the singing of the Philippine national anthem and the USC Hymn.
Students’ cheers and roars filled the gymnasium as each of their respective colleges, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Engineering (COE), College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA), School of Business and Economics (SBE), SHCP (School of Health Care Professions), College of Education (COED), and the School of Law and Governance (SLG), was called.
After everyone’s spirits were pumped, the awarding of the winners of the different intramurals games began. Trophies and medals were presented to the victors by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences together with top three contestants of Mr. and Ms. Intramurals 2014.
From the sixteen intramurals games, SBE won fifteen trophies, COE took home twelve, CAFA obtained seven, SHCP got six, and both CAS and SLG were awarded four trophies each.
In the middle of the awarding ceremonies, the audience was charmed and wowed by Nina Mangubat who took the floor and sang her rendition of Let It Go from Frozen from her number from Facets of Love. Carolinians, particularly the engineering students, were in delight.
Later in the program, a deafening roar of cheers and applause filled the gymnasium as one of the most awaited events of the intramural activities began began: the Pop Jazz Competition. Only number entries were announced; the names of the colleges for each entry were later revealed.
The competitors as listed in the order of performance were SHCP, SBE, CAFA, CAS, COE and COED. After their dance routines, which left the Carolinians in awe and amazement, the pop jazz teams were all on the floor as they showed off their edge over the others in a dance showdown.
The excitement was again raised to greater heights as the USC Taekwondo Team put into show the grace of their martial arts through rounds of sparring, taegeuk (taekwondo forms) and ply board-splitting kicks. They were not short of talent in dancing — all were astounded by their finesse in a dance finale to the tune of Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo.
Next, the USC Dance Sport Team followed with a graceful performance of salsa.
The overall champion of the intramurals this year was then announced. The title was awarded to SBE, having obtained the most number of trophies, nine of which were from winning first place in the games.
Students’ spirits then got energized when the awarding of Pop Jazz Competition winners took place next. CAFA was awarded as the second runner-up, and COED, first. COE was then hailed the champion of the competition.
With the awarding of the winners all done, the end of the ceremony has finally come to a close.
The Closing Ceremony was renowned for hosting “battles” between colleges. Jeers, boos, and chants were common. This year, however, the fights died down as the students’ eyes and ears were glued more toward the awarding and performances of their own colleges.
In addition, while the Engineering side remains louder and brasher than ever, other colleges have stepped up their game with college pride even greater than before.
With this, we can expect fiercer competition and in turn, a greater and more exciting intramurals week next year.
Since day one of the event, unexpected twists have come to visit this year’s Intramurals. No doubt the Carolinians were kept on their toes with excitement and enthusiasm —no one can be sure until they see the events unfolding before their eyes.
The conclusion proved that the fight for the top is never over until the end.