MAMBAJAO, Camiguin (IPS) Bukidnon State University placed third over-all among 29 participating schools in the 30th Friendship Games of the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools, Inc. (MASTS) held in the Camiguin Polytechnic State College, Province of Camiguin.
BukSU placed third (second runner up) in both sports and socio-cultural events in the annual competition held on November 23-29, 2019, said Dr. Enrico C. Namoc and Dr. Regina B. Dumdumaya, respective coordinators.
Surigao del Sur State University and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) won the first and second places in the sports competitions while Caraga State University and WMSU won the first and second places in the socio-cultural competitions.
SDSSU garnered a total of 74 gold medals while WMSU just got one gold medal ahead of BukSU with 47 gold medals. All in all, BukSU reaped a total of 46 gold, 57 silver and 47 bronze medals in the sports competitions.
This is the third year in a row that BukSU placed third over-all and Northern Mindanao top placer in the annual friendship games.
BukSU dominated the athletics men and women categories with 19 gold medals, nine silver medals and four bronze medals. BukSU also ruled the Karatedo men and women categories with 13 gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals. BukSU placed champion over-all in Karatedo. BukSU also dominated the Lawn tennis men category raking in five gold medals.
BukSU also ranked second in Badminton women category with four silver medals; Baseball men category and Futsal women category with six silver medals each; Basketball men and women garnered a total of 10 silver medals and in the lawn tennis women category with four silver medals.
The university placed third in the Sepak Takraw men category with 12 bronze medals and in Football/Soccer men category with 11 bronze medals.
BukSU also won 4th place in Volleyball Men category.
Dr. Namoc said BukSU athletes managed to compete at least up to the quarter finals in most events.
First place victories in Charcoal Rendering, Live Band and Radio Drama topped BukSU’s third place ranking in the socio-cultural competitions. BukSU also won second place in storytelling, pencil drawing, photo contest and Short and Sweet Play musical.
The university also managed to win bronze medals in Pagkukuwento, on-the-spot painting, painting, vocal solo (Kundiman), vocal duet, chorale, Philippine folk dance and Mr. MASTS 2019.
BukSU representatives also landed 5th in essay writing, Contemporary Dance, Street Dance and Short and Sweet Play (Dialogue).
BukSU also placed sixth in the Quiz Bowl, Dagliang Talumpati and Indigenous Dance competitions; seventh place in instrumental solo (Classical Guitar) and ninth place in Pagsusulat ng Sanaysay.
During their guesting on December 4 at the BukSU Updates, the weekly radio show of the university, Dr. Namoc, BukSU sports Coordinator together with the Dean of the Students Services, Dr. Lalevie C. Lubos thanked the students who represented the university well.
“I have seen that the performance of our school is not far from other universities. We are on the right track in terms of sports and socio-cultural development,” Dr. Lubos said.
She added that they will be encouraging more athletes to join clubs and organizations they will organize for specific sports.
“The students were not only competitive and talented, they also showed good character,” she added.
Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, BukSU President and Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, VPREIA and con-current OIC-VPAA, led the delegation during the games’ opening rites parade and program on November 23.
The 31-member MASTS, formerly MASCUF, celebrated its 30th anniversary with the theme: “A legacy of leadership, unity, and passion through sports, cultures and the arts with 24 sports events and socio-cultural events such as: dance competition, performing arts, literary, pageant, musical and visual arts competitions. (OP-Information and Publication Service)