LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) celebrates its 60th anniversary by holding the 2013 National Collegiate Games on February 10-16 here and in Dagupan City.
“This is going to be the best and biggest PRISAA competition since its founding in 1953,” said national chairman Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles. “Athletes from close to 500 universities are vying in the ongoing eliminations.”
Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, Chairman, President and CEO of giant network GMA which has agreed to make the official coverage of the week-long sportsfest, will be guest of honor and main speaker during the anniversary program on February 10 at the Sison Auditorium of the Capitol Complex here.
Dr. Angeles will present Jubilee Awards to PRISAA members.
The energetic PRISAA chair lauded Atty. Gozon for GMA 7’s support to the games as well as the various national publications for their usual coverage.
The PRISAA was organized on February 17, 1953 through the initiative of then Private Schools director Dr. Manuel Carreon who encouraged the different private institutions all over the country to join the new group which aimed to promote sports and academic competitions.
The first PRISAA meet was held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex on March 8-10, 1953 with athletes from various regions competing in sports events recognized by the Southeast Asian Games and the International Olympic Committee like basketball, cycling, football, gymnastics, swimming, chess, lawn tennis, table tennis, volleyball and track and field.
Since 1956, the PRISAA board decided to hold the games in different cities and provinces. The meet served as an inspiration to students, faculty members, and the public and helped produce outstanding athletes like Josephine dela Vina of Cebu, Mona Sulaiman of Mindanao, and Rogelio Onofre of Pangasinan.
In the coming games, 18 events will be contested. These are baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, football, sepak takraw, softball, volleyball, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.
There will also be a cultural competition in vocal solo and the selection of Mutya ng PRISAA.