By: Claro Monsanto, Grade 10 – St. Arnold

23432891_1955776811349773_1113762349_oThe Urdaneta City Private Schools Athletic Meet 2017 (UCPSAM 2017) was held at Divine Word College of Urdaneta, from November 9 to 11, 2017. The three-day sports event was participated by twenty one (21) private schools in the Urdaneta District.

An opening program commenced at the St. Michael Gymnasium. It began with a song of prayer entitled “I See You” by Aiza Seguerra followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the Urdaneta Hymn. A welcome address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Roberto J. Ibay, SVD, the school president of DWCU.


Lighting of the Torch and Urn by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon.

UCPSA secretary Dr. Danna Manding presented the participating schools in the said event. A dance performance was given by the pre-school pupils from the different participating schools and by the school heads and sports coordinators. The athlete’ oath of amateurism was recited by all the athletes led by Francheska Asuncion, a student from Mother Goose Special Science High School Inc. as a long-held tradition and symbol of the event, the lighting of the Torch and Urn was exercised by Brian Aviles, a student from the Lyceum Northern Luzon. After this, the UCPSA president, Mrs. Rhodelia M. Ulanday, officially declared the start of UCPSAM 2017.

After the opening celebration held at the St. Michael’s gymnasium of DWCU, all the players and coaches went to their designated sports assignments.

All the games started at 10 in the morning. Although there were conflicts in regards with the schedule, everything went smoothly thanks to the cooperation of everyone. While the games are ongoing, everyone- coaches, players, staff and even the heads of each school are participating for the success of the first day of the UCPSAM 2017.

There were times today that the weather was not participating, but the games must go on for the players. With this attitude, we can see and feel the passion they have for the games that they are playing as well as their dedication to win for their respective schools.

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