MANILA, Philippines – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) South began its 12th season in Tanauan City, Batangas on Monday.
The NCAA-South, an offshoot of the NCAA-Manila, has the theme “More than the Game. Unity through Sports” this year.
The league has drawn 10 schools for its 12th season—First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH)-Tanauan, Batangas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, De La Salle Lipa, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas, Philippine Christian University- Dasmariñas, San Pablo Colleges-San Pablo, University of Perpetual Help System-Laguna, Don Bosco Technical College-Mandaluyong, San Beda-Alabang and University of Batangas (UB).
Philippine Sports Commissioner Akiko Thomson is one of the featured guests in the NCAA South Opening.
Host school FAITH will go against UB in the opening games in basketball (juniors and seniors) and volleyball (men, women and juniors).
The NCAA South Management Committee, meantime, added an incentive for the participating schools by approving the awarding of an overall championship in the men’s, women’s and juniors’ divisions on top of the usual trophies in the different sports.
The calendar of NCAA South will continue in the second semester when tournaments in beach volleyball, football and taekwondo will be held. Most of the games will take place at the FAITH campus.
More than sports
Aside from holding sports events, the NCAA South also has other activities line up for its opening, including a motorcade, “Robotics in Athletics” exhibition and the staging of the first human LCD in the country.
The human LCD aims to create an illusion of a large LCD television screen with moving images.
The human LCD in NCAA South, which features over 300 students from FAITH, is choreographed by the Aligma Dance Troupe Lipa City.
The Lipa City dance group will represent the county in the World Supremacy BATTLEGROUNDS, a hip hop competition which will be held in Australia in November. – With a report from Sarita Kare, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog