WMSU-Dumingag Rules University’s Palaro ’05; New Mr. & Miss WMSU Proclaimed
September 13, 2005

WESTERN Mindanao State University’s Dumingag Extension Campus (WMSU-Dumingag) overwhelmed all opposition by garnering 48 gold medals to top last week’s WMSU Palaro ’05. Its athletes also seized 22 silver and 14 medals.

The annual weeklong intramurals among the university’s colleges and departments was held at the Joaquin Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex (JEMSC) from September 5 to 9.

The Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Cultural Affairs (IPESCA) took overall second place with 33 golds, 28 silver and 13 bronzes. Third placer is the College of Engineering and Technology with 28 golds, 31 silvers and 52 bronzes; fourth is the College of Nursing with 25 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes; and fifth is the College of Liberal Arts with 24 golds, zero silver and 40 bronzes.

Twenty-two teams saw action in the Palaro, Public Affairs Office (PAO) Director Prof. Ali Yacub said.

In two other non-athletic contests, the College of Liberal Arts won first place in two categories – modern standard and Latin American – of the dancesport competition. The College of Science and Mathematics was second in Latin American, folowed by WMSU-Dumingag. In modern standard, second was College of Education and third was WMSU-Dumingag.

During the opening ceremonies on September 4, the College of Engineering and Technology won in the cheerdance competition, with College of Architecture and College of Nursing taking the second and third places, respectively.

Meanwhile, two students of the College of Nursing were crowned Mr. and Miss Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) at the end of a search and pageant held at the Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium last Saturday, September 3.

The newly-proclaimed Mr. and Miss WMSU are Mark Alain Echem and Nancy Anne Blanco, respectively, both of whom are nursing students.

President Dr. Eldigario Gonzales crowned the winners during the pageant.

Mr. Echem and Ms. Blanco bested six other respective rivals to the titles. The other participating colleges were those of Science and Mathematics, Architecture, Education, Engineering and Technology, Liberal Arts and the High School Department.

The Mr. WMSU First Runner-Up is Andy Micubo of CED while the Second Runner-Up is Jeffery Marcos of CSM. For Miss WMSU, the First Runner-Up is Parisada Galiciano of CSM and Second Runner-Up is Emilyn Tan of CLA.

The search and pageant was organized by the Office for Culture and the Arts (OCTA), under director Dr. Bert Torres. Sonny Villares was the art director and choreographer.

The pageant preceded the opening of WMSU Palaro 2005 the following day, Sunday, September 4, at the Joaquin Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex (JEJMSC), which was attended by thousands of students and athletes including those from the university’s extension campuses.

The opening ceremonies were graced by City Mayor Celso Lobregat, who regarded the crowd by holding an impromptu cheering match between the faculty and students of the various colleges.

Dr. Gonzales did the ceremonial declaration of the opening of the Palaro, which saw five days of athletic and cultural hostilities.

The cheerdance competition between some colleges climaxed the kick-off ceremony.

Aside from athletics, the Palaro also featured a mountain bike race, body-building and dance sport contests, a debate, and competitions in essay-writing, music, oratory, poster-making and painting, and Pilipino essay. (Rey-Luis Banagudos / PAO-WMSU)