COLLEGE of St. Benilde went to work right away on its first day as incoming host school of the NCAA by announcing the promotion of Arellano as regular member of the country’s oldest collegiate league.
CSB president Bro. Dennis Magbanua made the formal announcement Tuesday during the turnover rights of the hosting chores inside the Letran campus.
Magbanua accepted the hosting rights for Season 89 from policy board president Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. of Letran, host of the recently concluded NCAA season.
“They (league) have looked at the evaluation. It showed that they have been very satisfied. That is why we accepted them (Arellano),” the 44-year-old Magbanua said.
“We will continue to improve our strengths,” was the reaction coming from Peter Cayco, Arellano’s representative to the management committee.
Emilio Aguinaldo College, which entered the league in 2009 along with Arellano, will continue its probationary status together with Lyceum, which joined the league two years later.
Asked why Arellano was promoted ahead of EAC, Lana cited numerous factors.
“It depends on the performance of the school seeking for regular membership. We have come up with criteria,” the outgoing policy board president said. “Through that instrument, we can judge whether a school can move on to the next stage.”
Magbanua, who also announced of the appointment of Gabby Velasco as the new men’s basketball coach, said CSB’s hosting came at a perfect time, considering the school is celebrating its 25th year.
CSB, though, will be hosting a season preceded by a banner year full of milestones, including out-of-town games and a new TV partner.
“It’s really a hard act to follow,” Magbanua admitted. “But we have our own giftedness and we’d like to explore that giftedness, for example when it comes to the use of technology, the use of media.
“We can’t say much about it now. But for sure, it will propel the NCAA to greater heights,” he added.