The one day when we all play

The one day when we all play

by Nicollo Ordonez on January 4, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Every year in the University, classrooms are deserted, offices are closed, and books are kept for the whole day for everyone to just play.

On a cloudy Thursday last month, UA&P held once more its annual Sports Day led by the P.E. department as the culminating school activity before the Christmas break.

School employees, faculty, and staff belonging to different school units represented their group by sporting their team colors. This year, students played with and against their professors, and professors showed off their dribbling and volley skills to compete with and against other University staff.

The fun run, futsal, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, fencing, and the amazing race events took off in the morning, while the ultimate frisbee and aerobic marathon competitions marked the afternoon.

The Fun Run, which was the first activity in the morning, was held at the Promenade A and B driveways and extended to the faculty basement parking. Laika Pantaleon (II, College of Arts and Sciences), who finished first in the women’s run, considered the route as a struggle for her especially going up the basement driveways.

The Amazing Race activity proved as another source of excitement for both students and employees. The activity which was not held last year was revived this year. Coach Aries Magpily of the PE department said that they assigned the first year EM students to facilitate the activities of the race where teams of 10 students and employees joined to accomplish different games and tasks around the campus.

Some of the games included a 5-storey eggdrop and a spider web challenge set up from the 5th floor of the CAS Building and the MPC walkway respectively.

The much-anticipated Aerobic Marathon or “AeroMarathon” was a sweat-inducing, hour-long routine conducted by the Squadra Dance Varsity Members. True to the university motto, Unitas, students, faculty members, and school employees filled up the Multi-Purpose Court grooving as one to the party music.

After having tallied the score, the PE Department declared the student-teacher-staff team from Library, CAS, MIS, and DEV as grand champions. While the 2nd prize went to the CHP, SSE, CCO & CRC team. Landing third were two teams from EO, HRM and SED, and AFM, Registrar’s and CSR. #

Photos by:
Gail Victoria de la Rama (IV, School of Sciences and Engineering) under Creative Commons
Luis Carlos L. Martinez (III, Institute of Political Economy) under Creative Commons
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