1st PBESAA Meet gets underway-A A +A
Friday, September 21, 2012
PRISAA’S longest-running reign in local sports lore will end today, Saturday, with the birth of the Private Basic Education Schools Athletic Associations (PBESAA) Meet.
And the so-called “Home of Champions” Corpus Christi School in Barangay Macasandig will host the PBESAA 2012 opening, featuring the former member schools of the now extinct Prisaa (Private Schools Athletic Association) in elementary and secondary levels.
“We’re no longer called the Prisaa, but still the show must go on,” said the PBESAA’s pioneering president Adriano E. Sabunod of Kong Hua School in a recent talk with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Sabunod said that to avoid any conflict with the tertiary management of the Prisaa group that used to govern the lower meet affair when sportsman-turned City Councilor Adrian Barba was still the president, “naka-decide ‘mi nga usabon na lang ang pangalan and use PBESAA as the organizing body for the local Palaro’s qualifying meet in elementary and secondary levels.”
“Gi question man gud `mi ni Dr. Noble sa Liceo without considering nga ang Prisaa nag-start man sa basic education. At least wala nay hassle nga PBESAA na `ta karon though magpabilin ang Prisaa nila sa tertiary meet,” he added.
Sabunod said around 30 private schools, including some new members from Misamis Oriental province, are joining in the PBESAA’s inaugural show.
The opening parade starts early Saturday morning at the Old Amphi Theatre in downtown Divisoria.
Corpus Christi School Principal Dr. Alfonso C. Del Fierro delivers the welcome address with Dr. Elena M. Borcillo, CESO VI of the Department of Education Cagayan de Oro’s School Division Superintendent, also giving out inspirational message before the student athletes.
Games will be played in the following schedules and venues: arnis (September 29 at Pilgrim), athletics (September 30 at Pelaez Center), badminton (September 22, 23, 29 at Corpus Christi), basketball (September 22, 23, 29 at Corpus Christi and Provincial Capitol ground), baseball/softball (September 30 at Pelaez Center), chess (September 29-30 at Pilgrim), karatedo (September 23 at Corpus Christi), lawn tennis (September 29 at Capitol Compound), Sepa Takraw (September 23 at Capitol ground), soccer (September 23, 29, 30 at Calaanan football field), swimming (September 23 at Corpus Christi), table tennis (September 23, 29 at Corpus Christi), taekwondo (September 29 at Corpus Christi), volleyball (September 22, 23 at LDCU for high school and Angelicum Learning Center for elementary.
The closing program will be held on September 30 at the Capitol ground.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 22, 2012.