by Karla Ray Mendoza
Posted on 2018-11-23 16:38:27
The St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) ball field was jam-packed with the roaring cheers of Paulinians gathered to take part in the opening ceremony of this year’s Paulimpiad celebration last October 22, 2018, bearing the theme “Mainstreaming Paulinian Ingenuity, Solidarity, and Sportsmanship through Interculturality.”
After the Torch Parade, the opening ceremony started with the entrance of the different departments: Grade School, Junior High School, Senior High School 1, Senior High School 2, College of Arts and Education (CAED), College of Business and Information Technology (CBIT), and College of Nursing (CON), respectively. Representatives led their respective departments into the SPUD ball field while bearing their department banners.
Once everyone was settled, University Chaplain Rev. Fr. Clyde Flores led the blessing of the booths. The invocation, the entrance of colors, and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and Paulinian Hymn followed right after. The crowd was then entertained by the Aninaw dance troupe’s production number.
Student Affairs Manager Mrs. Maria Rowena Masicampo, RN, MAN gave her welcome address. In her speech, she called upon Paulinians to support one another in the spirit of sportsmanship and solidarity.
The countdown to Paulimpiad Games began and representatives from each department and ROTC Officers took part in the hoisting of the department banners and the Paulimpiad Flag.
Shouts from the crowd intensified as University President Sr. Joseline R. Lasala, SPC formally opened the Paulimpiad Games. Sr. Joseline lighted the torch which was passed on to last year’s MVP, Mr. Jake Matthews Cabigon. The torch relay continued together with athlete representatives from each department. The crowd went into a loud roar as the cauldron was lit and a short but spectacular fireworks display followed.
The Opening Ceremony came to an end but it just set the stage for the week-long games, night events, and competitions that would follow.