The National Collegiate Athletic Association of the Philippines was very grateful to hold a season like no other amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCAA Management Committee Chairman Fr. Vic Calvo of host Letran said that ending the 96th Season on the feast day of St. Dominic has shown unity in the league in the midst of adversity.
“Just like what St. Dominic said to St Francis when they met, ‘You are my companion and must walk with me. For if we hold together no earthly power can withstand us’,” said Calvo.
“Even against the toughest odds, hope remains connected to our sporting spirit. We will hold on and we will rise up stronger.”
The NCAA ended an extraordinary season last Sunday with its taekwondo and chess tournaments migrated online. Skills challenges in volleyball and basketball, which featured the league’s former student-athletes, were also held under strict health protocols.
The games were shown on GTV channel 11of GMA Network, the league’s new broadcast partner.
Taekwondo saw College of Saint Benilde dominating the women’s and men’s speed-kicking events, and San Beda topping the juniors’ side. San Beda ruled the seniors’ poomsae, while Emilio Aguinaldo College swept the juniors competition.
Lyceum of the Philippines University won the seniors’ chess courtesy of Neymark Digno, while Letran turned to FIDE Master Christian Mark Daluz to emerge victorious on the juniors’ side.
Letran’s Mikaela Lopez had a successful comeback by copping the volleyball skills challenge plum, while LPU’s Kim Cinco took the basketball skills challenge trophy.
Calvo thanked the NCAA community for supporting Season 96 even with a limited calendar of events.
“Thank you sa lahat ng mga coaches and players. Patuloy natin itong laban natin na ito. Pandemic lang ito, COVID lang ito,” said Calvo.
Accepting the challenge of leading NCAA Season 97, Marquez is looking forward to better times in hosting the NCAA.
“With united spirits, let us continue to train and inspire our students to use their gifts and abilities and strive to build a better nation. De La Salle-College of St. Benilde accepts the hosting of NCAA Season 97,” said Fernandez.