Thousands of athletes and officials are expected to fill up the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex in Bolbok, Batangas City on February 19, 2017 as Batangas State University hosts the 2017 State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Olympics.
“This is a golden opportunity not only for Batangas State University but for Batangas City and Batangas Province as well, since this will be the first time for our province to host a sporting event of this level. It is a great opportunity to showcase the beauty and grandeur of the city and the province thus will help boost our local tourism industry. This event will deepen the Batanguño youth’s passion for sports thus providing substantial support to the city and province’s sports development program” said Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, President of Batangas State University.
The week-long competitions, supervised by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), will gather athletes and officials from 112 state universities and colleges in 18 regions in the country. Participants will compete in various sporting events like archery, arnis, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, futsal, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and beach volleyball.
The opening ceremony will start at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (Feb.19), after the athletic parade which will commence at the Philippine Port Authority (PPA). This will be followed by a Governor’s Fellowship Night which will be hosted by Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas at Batangas Capitol Site. On the other hand, Batangas City Mayor Beverley Rose A. Dimacuha will host a Mayor’s Fellowship Night on February 20 at the Batangas City Convention Center.
The SCUAA Olympics shall also highlight the Search for Mr. and Ms. SCUAA 2017 which will happen on Feb. 21 at the Gov. Feliciano “Sanoy” Leviste Multipurpose Gymnasium, Batangas State University Pablo Borbon I.
Activities kick off the following day, Monday (February 20), while the finals of all the events including the awards and closing ceremonies will be held on February 24 at the Batangas City Coliseum.