After two years of living in the pandemic, the spirit of camaraderie and athleticism was rekindled as the Northern Iloilo State University system held its first in-person Intercampus Sports Meet at NISU - Barotac Viejo Campus on December 6, 2022.
Hundreds of student-athletes, university key officials, stakeholders, faculty coaches, and officials coming from the different external campuses revolutionized for a grand kickstart as it attuned to this year’s theme, "Upholding the NISU Spirit through Sports and Producing Champions for Life."
"After two years of the pandemic, we are again gathered together for various sporting events, the first to be conducted under our new identity as Northern Iloilo State University. This is our moment to showcase our talents and exhibit strong compassion, friendship, and camaraderie with other students," said Dr. Bobby D. Gerardo, University President.
Dr. Erwin C. Caton, Director for Sports and Development, took the lead in the presentation of the delegations, which was followed by the historic hoisting of university and campus delegation banners spearheaded by Dr. Gerardo and Dr. Alma R. Defactco, Vice President for Academic Affairs, together with the Campus Administrators, muses, and Associate Directors for Sports.
"As we open this sportsfest, it will be the building blocks of physical fitness, character building, as well as confidence and self-discipline among athletes in forging camaraderie and holistic health," said Dr. Eduardo V. Octavio Jr., NISU-BVC Campus Administrator, in his welcome remarks.
Afterward, the event commenced with the reading of the athletes’ oath of sportsmanship, the official’s oath of sportsmanship, and the grand entrance of the flame of friendship and lighting of the Um of peace and unity led by Judy Bacorayo, a softball women's athlete, during the 2019 Regional SCUAA Meet.
Among the participating NISU’s external campuses were Batad, Victorino Salcedo-Sara, Ajuy, Concepcion, Lemery, Barotac Viejo, and the main campus, which will battle for different sports competitions, including basketball, sepak takraw, chess, football, futsal, table tennis, lawn tennis, volleyball, taekwondo, athletics, e-sports, and dance sports.
In an interview with Iven Matthew Valencia, an E-sport athlete from NISU-Main Campus, he expressed great excitement for the comeback of in-person sporting events for socialization and realizing potential and talents. He also stated that this sports meet will fuel the drive of athleticism and sportsmanship in attaining excellence and success in sports.