BSU champs Mindanao inter-school games

(Apologies. This should have been posted earlier.  –Ed.)


MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 14 March)— Garnering a total of 71 gold, 66 silver, 44.5 bronze awards, the Bukidnon State University team was declared over-all champion in the Mindanao-wide athletic and socio-cultural games hosted here.

This was the first inter-school games of the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools, Inc. (MASTS), which had been formed to replace the Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation (MASCUF).

The Games, which include both sports and socio-cultural competitions, were held from March 3 to 7 and had gathered delegates from 26 state universities and colleges in Mindanao.

Dr. Lincoln Tan, BSU coordinator who is also part of the MASTS council, said that the games had drawn more than 3,800 delegates.

The first runner-up award went to the Mindanao State University System which sent 178 delegates from its 6 campuses, as well as coaches and two doctors.

Dr. Nasroden Macalandong, MSU’s vice president for administration and finance, said they were unprepared in transporting their athletes to the Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, where some of the games were played.

“Pero, over-all, successful naman ang games…” he said.

Ahmad Ronsing, 2nd year BS Physical Education student and MSU’s karatedo, said “Maganda ang game pero nahirapan din kami kasi magagaling din ang mga nakalaban namin.”


A basketball game between BSU (in blue jersey) and Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST). Photo grabbed from MASTS Facebook Page.


Other schools in the top five were Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), 2nd runner-up; Zamboanga City Polytechnic State College (ZCSPC), 3rd runner-up; and Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU), 4th runner-up.

Dr. Rogelio Bajamonte, men’s volleyball coach from SDSSU, said they were happy as it was the first time they had participated in the ball games.

The sports include men and women’s athletics, swimming, arnis, karate-do, taekwondo, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, chess, dance sports (both Latin and Standard), football, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis and volleyball.

Socio-cultural competitions include painting, dance (folk, hip-hop and contemporary), instrumental playing, music (solo, duet and chorale), quiz bowl and literary contests (extemporaneous speaking, essay writing and story telling) in both English and Filipino.

Other schools that participated were the Basilan State College (BSC), Caraga State University (CSU), CMU, Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), University of Southern Mindanao (USM), University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), among others.

Bukidnon News tried to contact MASTS’s President Perfecto Alibin, who also heads USEP, to discuss the new association. No reply was received yet.

A quick check in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website, however, has shown that MASTS is registered, unlike its predecessor MASCUF.

But like MASCUF, MASTS Games is also a qualifier for the annual Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) meet. (April Rose Torion)



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