The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) South Season kicked off with a virtual opening ceremony hosted by De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) last November 24, 2021 via its official Youtube and Facebook pages.
This is the third time that DLSL hosts one of the most prestigious athletic events for schools in the country. The first was the 6th season in 2004 and the second was the 15th season in 2013. This year’s theme is “Reimagine Sports: Engage. Empower. Enable”.
Opening Ceremony Program
The ceremony started with the parade of the NCAA flag and those of the member-schools’. Members of the Policy Board and Management Committee, administrators of the different member-schools, were introduced after the parade.
Br. Dante R. Amisola FSC, DLSL President, delivered the welcome remarks and welcomed all the schools that will take part in the various athletic events. According to him, “The holding of this cooperative endeavor in the middle of the pandemic is indicative of our strength and resolve that together we will not allow the sordid situation to deter our holding of the cooperative competition.”
DLSL also showcased its online athletic activities, a tribute to all the coaches, and oath of sportsmanship by the players.
This season’s guest speaker was Dawn Macandili, former Green Stallions athlete, former De La Salle University Lady Spikers player, and current member of the Philippine women’s national volleyball team. This was followed by the declaration of the opening by Dr. Erickson Martinez, DLSL Chancellor and President of NCAA South Policy Board.
Participating schools’ athletes will take part in the following sports events: Chess, Taekwondo, E-Sports (Mobile Legends), Badminton, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball, and Volleyball. As of this time of writing, the events are projected to take place until July 2022.
NCAA South’s member-schools are Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Emilio Aguinaldo College Cavite, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH), Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas, San Beda College Alabang, San Pablo College, Trace College, University of Batangas, University of Perpetual Help System Laguna, and De La Salle Lipa.
Video recording of the opening ceremony: