THE region's largest collegiate sporting spectacle may become north Luzon’s largest league.

This if the members of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League heeds the call of the Commission on Higher Education to invite members not only from Baguio and Benguet but also other parts of the Cordilleras.

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Ched Regional Director Freddie Bernal during the opening of the 24th season of BBEAL said the addition of other higher education institutions from other parts of the region would make the league stronger and better.

“It is interesting to note that during the recent Ched Palaro Games, representatives from the BBEAL who comprised the delegates from the region placed fifth over-all edging other power house regions of the country,” said Bernal.

The Ched regional head said they have been advocating sports competition in its aim of producing top notch athletes for national and international competition.

“We would like to encourage other higher educational institution within the region to also come up with their own leagues for a stronger representation of the region in national tertiary sports competition,” added Bernal.

With the theme, “Revelry More Than Rivalry”, the BBEAL opened its 24th Season Saturday morning with host Benguet State University.

Several performing groups from the participating schools such as the UP and BSU dance troupes and the UB VOICES rendered special numbers during the opening program but the University of the Cordilleras Dance squad was the crowd favorite during the opening.

The UC Dance Squad, the runner–up winner in the 2010 National Cheerleading Competition early this year was simply awesome in their routines.

Local officials led by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan also graced the occasion saying the annual BBEAL is a big boost to the region’s sports development.

An awarding ceremony also gave special citations and recognitions to Jennifer G. Inovero, Daniel V. Soria, Danilo Eduardo, Estrelita N. Corpuz and CCDC president James M. Malaya for exemplary services they rendered during the BBEAL’s 23rd season when it was hosted by CCDC.