An estimated 50-strong contingent of Ateneo de Davao University College Athletics participated in the 20th Philippine University Games (UniGames) hosted by the famed “City of Smiles” Bacolod City on 25-29-October. A lean contingent composed mostly of men’s college sports teams join the funfare of the annual meet that boasts nearly 40 colleges and universities in the Philippines.
In order to check the best accommodation possible, we are grateful that ADDU College Athletics Administrative Staffs Ivy Guadalquiver and Rolly Tan went as an advance party to Bacolod. That way they were able to secure a comfortable accommodation to the whole delegation. As we learned upon arrival that this year’s UniGames has some glitches in terms of venues etc.
It was reported that on the week before the competition that the host school for the annual meet refused to let their university as primary playing and billeting venue. As this happened when the delegation booked their flights to Bacolod, organizers tried their best to still push through the games. As a result of absence of host school, opening ceremonies were held in one of the city’s basketball courts resulting to a very ordinary ceremony. Also this absence of host university lead to scattered playing venues in the city while leads to more transportation costs to the delegation. Still the effort of the organizers should be commended as they tried their best to proceed with the games.
Notable performances of Blue Knights includes a 4th place finish of the Aquatics team. Other sports who performed well in the games are Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Badminton, and Martial Arts. The experience of athletes in UniGames in Bacolod is still an achievement for a varsity program that is not dependent on providing Athletic Scholarships. Meaning ADDU athletes simply play for the love of the game.
UniGames as the organizer said during his opening speech is still unsure to be held next year. With the shortcomings during the meets, it would be good if the proponents open up to the possibility of allowing other cities outside of Visayas to host the meet. That way the vision of UniGames to be truly national higher education meet can be fulfilled.