The country’s oldest sporting league, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), ushered the start of its tenth decade with a gallant ceremony, graced by the presence of former Mapua Cardinal and PBA Legend Alvin Patrimonio early Saturday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Mapua’s Dr. Reynaldo Vea, chairman of this year’s NCAA Management Committee, opened the ceremony with a message centered around this year’s theme: engineering sports excellence in the new decade. “We want to develop student-athletes to their full potential and to serve the country. The NCAA gave its best athletes to the Philippine contingent in the recent SEA Games,” Vea said. The hosts also made a commitment to promote the spirit of comradery amongst its teams through friendly competition.
Guest of honor, former two-time NCAA MVP from the Mapua Cardinals, Alvin Patrimonio then graced the ceremony. “The Captain” commended all the NCAA athletes who served the country in the SEA Games in his message. “I hope and pray that the NCAA continues to be an avenue in the development of student-athletes in our country,” the PBA hall of famer opened. “Sa matagal na panahon malaki na ang na naitulong ng NCAA sa pagdiskubre ng athletes sa iba’t ibang sports. The athletes have brought so much honor and pride to the country in different international competitions.”
He also gave an inspiration speech to the athletes currently competing in the competition. “Let me remind you, talent is not enough. May formula ako for that. Great talent plus bad attitude equals to an average team. Great talents plus an average attitude, you’ll just be a good team. But great talent plus a good attitude will result to a great team.”
“Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino at mabuhay ang NCAA,” Patrimonio closed.
After that message, Mapua Cardinal Josan Nimes led the oath of sportsmanship on behalf of all the seniors and juniors athletes competing in the league. Dr. Vea then formally opened the competition as he declared “let the NCAA Season 91 competitions begin!”
Finally, the hosts celebrated the opening with a lavish production produced by the hardworking students of the Mapua of Institute of Technology as seen in the pictures above.