DAGUPAN CITY – The 1st Dagupan City Athletic Association (DCAA) Basketball Tournament roared to a rousing start during its opening ceremonies at the People's Astrodome on October 9 with at least 63 teams both from public and private schools participating.
At least 27 teams will be competing in the elementary level while 36 others in the secondary level. The games will be on till December 20 when the championship game will be disputed by the top teams.
The tournament is divided into two categories, one for the boys and another for the girls. Of the 27 teams in the elementary, six are girls’ team. At least 11 girls team are seeing action in the secondary level.
DCAA president Manuel F. Ferrer said the games will be played in different venues.
The DCAA was organized by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez to ensure the physical and mental development of the pupils and students in sports through a well-rounded sports program.
Leading the opening ceremony were Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito. Mayor Fernandez was represented by Punong Barangay Brian Kua, Commissioner Fenila Sim of the Dagupan City Sports Commission and lawyer Lemuel Astadan, also of the Dagupan City Sports Commission.
Separate opening ceremonies were held in the morning and in the afternoon for the elementary and secondary level, respectively.
The opening ceremony was made even more exciting as different schools competed for the Mr. and Ms. DCAA 2015 competition in the elementary and secondary levels and in the hiphop competition.
Crowned as the first Mr. and Ms. DCAA in the elementary were Richmond Jose G. Ramos of Lyceum Northwestern University – Creative Montessori Center and Geyan Kei C. Predas of Divine Word Academy, respectively, while in the secondary, the Mr. and Ms. were Christian Angelo Maramba of Wonderland School of Dagupan and Beatrice Gail Wong of Pangasinan Universal Institute, respectively.
The hiphop winners in the elementary were 1st place, West Central 1 Elementary School; second place, Pascuala Villamil Elementary School; and third place, St. Albert the Great School.
In the secondary level, the winners were 1st place Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School; second place, Saint Albert the Great School; and third place, Dagupan City National High School. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 9, 2015)