Perpetual to host LACUAA games

In its third season, the  Laguna Colleges and Universities Athletic Association promises a more exciting and action-packed tournament when it unfolds on November 14 at the University of Perpetual Help Sytem Dalta-Calamba campus grounds.

Organized three years ago, the LACUAA has become a much-awaited sports event in the entire Laguna province, and founding chairman Leonardo "Ding" Andres said this year's edition of the tournament will feature more sports events and a more balanced competition among participating schools.

In the collegiate level, the participating schools are host UPHSD-Calamba, San Pedro College of Business Administration, Asia Tech, Malayan College, UP Los Banos, Trace Computer College, Lyceum of the Philippines and STI-Sta. Rosa.

Laguna Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) officials led by its founding chairman  Leonardo “Ding” Andres pose for posterity during a break in their organizational meeting held last week. Also in photo are (from left) Gerlad Palicte of Rex Dei, UPHSD-Calama SPER coordinator Ms. Meyenberg Austria, honorary chairman Edna Andres, UPLB Dept. of Human Kinetics chairperson Ms. Naomi Enriquez, UPLB Sports Coordinator Selwyn Robles and Trace Compueter College sports coordinator Roque Hizola. HENRY VARGAS
Six teams, meanwhile, will see action in the high school competitions, namely Rex Dei Academy, Don Bosco College, Blessed Christian School, Holy Rosary College, UPHSD-Calamba, St, Vincent College of Cabuyao and Trace College, while in the elementary side, the competing schools include Rex Dei, Don Bosco  College, BCS, and Canossa College.      

Andres, who is also the Commissioner of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Region IV, said the tournament will feature regular events such as basketball, men and women's volleyball, chess, table tennis badminton and taekwondo, but added that they are thinking of adding a  3-on-3 basketball event and swimming, depending on the number of participating schools.

"If we have enough participants, sa tingin ko mas madadagdagan pa 'yung mga events natin para mas marami pa tayong participants, said Andres, who presided over a meeting with the sports coordinators of the participating schools a week ago in UPHSD-Calamba.        

UPHSD-Calamba SPER (Sports, Physical Education and Recreation) Coordinator Ms. Meyenberg Austria, for her part, said  that Perpetual, as host school, has accepted the challenge of coming up with a brief but meaningful opening ceremony.

"We are ready to host the tournament. I have already coordinated with some of our student organizations and they willingly helped us to come up with a good opening ceremony," said Austria, who hosted a delicious lunch during the LACUAA organizational meeting.

Austria added that UPHSD is also ready to compete for the top honors in all the events that the school will compete in.

Andres said the sports coordinators of participating schools will hold another meeting sometime in October to iron out all the kinks in time for the openign on November 12.

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