THE Association of Local Universities and Colleges in Northern Mindanao will have its first ever ALCU Olympic Games with Tangub City hosting the 10-game competition on November 29 to December 1.
ALCU games to debut at Tangub City Sports Complex in Tangub City include badminton, table tennis, basketball's standard (5X5) and 3 on 3 event, volleyball's men and women, chess (men and women), sepak takraw, athletics (men and women) and dance sports (men and women) competition.
"Last year, there was an ALCU Olympics in Manila. But it is just the first time in Mindanao to have a similar event and its maiden show will be in Tangub City," said Dr. Kharen Jane Ungab, ALCU-10 president, in an interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Participating in the three-day meet are the following Higher Education Institutions, namely the City College of El Salvador, Community College of Gingoog City, Initao College, Magsaysay College Opol Community College, Pangantucan Bukidnon Community College, Salay Community College, Tagoloan Community College, Tubod College, Don Carlos Polytechnic College, Gov. Alfonso D. Tan College and Northern Bukidnon Community College, which are all ALCU members.
"That's why we're appealing to all the LGU mayors and province governors in Region 10 nga adunay involvement sa maong activity to attend the opening rites of the ALCU Olympics on Nov. 29 in Tangub City as moral support to all the student-athlete participants," added Dr. Mirriam B. Fuentes, technical supervisor of Ched's non-sectarian entities (LUC's and SUC's).
During the opening day, Ungab will lead the Presentation of Delegates, VIPs, local executive officials and ALCU-10 officials and College Presidents for the traditional "saludo".
Some games will be played at 8 a.m. of Nov. 29. A parade will follow at 1 p.m. for the entrance of the athletes and coaches, local executive officials, ALCU-10 officials, University and Colleges Presidents and the City Mayor of Tangub to the sports center.
Welcoming all the school delegations is City Mayor Jennifer Wee-Tan with her better half in Misamis Oriental Governor Philip T. Tan giving inspirational message before the athletes as well as CHED regional director Dr. Raul Alvarez.
Rendering an intermission number is the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, 3rd placer in the prestigious Dynamic Dance Carnival in Won Ju, South Korea.
Michelle Mangubat, MVP in athletics during the ALCU National Games 2018, will spearhead the Entrance of the Friendship Flame and Lighting of the Urn. While GADTC sports director Rey Siarez will lead the reading of the tournament mechanics before the Oath of Sportsmanship.
Serving as "Unity Song" of the keenly-awaited Northern Mindanao ALCU Olympics is "The Winner Takes It All" popularized by the Swedish pop group ABBA.
"We're very excited to hold a multifarious meet like this since nawala sa CHED ang tertiary meet nga dugay-dugay sab among participation on technical level as part of the annual Palaro nga exclusive na karon for elementary and secondary athletes," Dr. Fuentes further said.