Record turnout inWNCAA/MNCAA Pep Rally Run

More than 2,000 runners from 26 various schools in the region came to cheer and run for their respective schools marking the birth of the WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao at the break of dawn on Sunday at the Abreeza Mall grounds.
The 3-kilometer non-competition run organized by Bravetower Events Promotions for the newly-minted Women’s/Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Mindanao Chapter served as the opening highlight of the inaugural season of the new sports association which has thus far some 30 members schools all over Mindanao.
Atty. Ma. Fe Alano, representing Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevarra of Philippine Sports Commission, WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao director Arlene De Vera, Brokenshire College President Leopoldo Naïve and a host of school representatives led the break-of-dawn run which saw delegations flagged off per school.
AMA Computer College was first to be flagged off while Cor Jesu College of Digos City was the last batch. The runners, mostly NSTP, PE and varsity students, brought their school banners and wore their school colors.
Brokenshire College came in with the biggest delegation in the event dubbed as WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao Pep Rally Run “Run to express your School Spirit.” Also coming gin with huge contingents are University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Mindanao, San Pedro College and Holy Cross of Davao College.
Jierty Calderon, a varsity athletics student of Brokenshire College, was first to finish the run which was supported by Smart Telecommunications, Abreeza Mall, City Government of Davao, Philippine Sports Commission, Mindanao Travel Channel, Mindanao Daily Mirror, Gold Star Daily, 102.7 FM One Radio, Mindanao Tribune, and Mindanao Times. (pr)
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Holy Trinity, HCDC, Sta. Ana HS win WNCAA cheer titles

Members of the Holy Cross of Davao Crusaders Pep Squad during the SMART-WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao Cheerleading Competition hed at the Abreeza Mall activity center. The Crusaders won the collegiate cheerdance category. (Jill Bravo/Bravetower)
General Santos City bet Holy Trinity College proved itself to be a cut above the rest while Holy Cross of Davao College and Sta. Ana High National School were just as stunning as the three schools bagged titles in the WNCAA/MNCAA-SMART Mindanao Cheerleading Competition on Sunday at the jampacked Abreeza Mall.
The visiting HTC Wildcats Pep Squad was unopposed in the collegiate cheerleading category of this competition highlighting the birth of the newest school-based sports association in Mindanao. Harry Mangohig’s squad electrified the mammoth crowd with stunning routines capped by a bevy of tosses and lifts.
The Wildcats served just about everything on the cheerleading menu giving everyone a glimpse of what could be next year’s edition which by then will be purely cheerleading according to WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao director Arlene De Vera.
“They (HTC) were simply amazing,” said Delbert James Balista, Regional Trade and Marketing Officer of SMART Telecommunications, the event’s co-presentor.
HTC Receved P7,000 and a plaque for their victory plus the chance to compete in the WNCAA Finals on February in Manila.
The blue battalion of HCDC Crusaders topped the collegiate cheerdance category besting campus neighbor San Pedro College Angels and Davao Doctors College Red Lions which placed second and third, respectively. Rounding up the collegiate level are USEP-Mintal (4th), MATS (5th), USEP-Obrero (6th) and AMA Computer College (7th).
In the high school division, multi-titled Sta. Ana National high School bucked a two-point deduction for exceeding the time limit but still won by the skin of their teeth against GenSan’s HTC Junior Wildcats. Brokenshire College wound up third while UIC finished fourth.
Winners in the cheerdance category received P10,000, P7,000 and P5,000 and a plaque for the top three placers.
Earlier, the WNCAA/MNCAA was formally installed as a new chapter of the 42-year old association with De Vera officially receiving the association’s banner witnessed by guest of honor Atty. Ma. Fe Alano, executive assistant of PSC Commissioner Akiko Gillian Thomson-Guevarra who begged off at the last minute to attend to her ailing mother, and Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, who represented Mayor Sara Duterte.
The event, organized by Bravetower Events Promotions, is supported by Abreeza Mall, City Government of Davao and the Philippine Sports Commission with event partners Enervon Multivitamins and I-on Energy Drink as official energy providers, and media partners Mindanao Travel Channel, Mindanao Daily Mirror, Gold Star Daily, Mindanao Times, Mindanao Tribune, and 102.7 FM One Radio. The Party Animal provided the musical scoring of the competitions.(pr)
Members of the San Pedro College Angels Pep Squad during the SMART-WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao Cheerleading Competition hed at the Abreeza Mall activity center. The Angels won 1s runner-up in the collegiate cheerdance category. (Jill Bravo/Bravetower)

WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao launched Sunday

DAVAO CITY–Mindanao ushers in a new era in school sports when the WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao is formally launched here today (Sunday, Dec.4) at the Abreeza Mall.
Delegations from 30 schools in Davao City alone and a host others from the neighboring regions converge at the Ayala-owned mall for what could be the biggest school-based sporting organization in Mindanao.
Today’s grand launch will be highlighted by a running and cheerleading event ushering in the birth of WNCAA and MNCAA as an official chapter of the 42-year old association.
Former Olympian-turned Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara of the Philippine Sports Commission will spearhead a projected huge field predominantly composed of high school and college students, athletes, and sports officials for the 3-kilometer WNCAA/MNCAA Pep Rally Run which will be staged in a loop course from Abreeza’s Robinson’s ramp to Robinson’s Cybergate at Lanang, starting at 5:00 in the morning.
A field of 20 schools will be crowding the hunt for the prestigious title as Mindanao’s top pep squad which also involves text voting through Smart, the event’s co-presentor. The event will feature high school and college pep squads in Mindanao.
Holy Trinity College of Gen. Santos City looms as the heavy favourite for the cheerleading competitions with heavy challenge from Davao’s best squads AMA Computer College, Assumption Collee of Davao, Davao Doctors College, San Pedro College, University of Southeastern Philippines, Holy Cross-Sasa, Brokenshire College, University of the Immaculate Conception, Stella Maris Academy, and Sta. Ana National High School.
WNCAA/MNCAA is organized by Bravetower Events Promotions with SMART as co-presentor. Also supported the event are Enervon Multivitamins and I-on Energy Drink as “Official Energy Providers”, Mindanao Travel Channel, City Government of Davao and the Philippine Sports Commission with media partners Mindanao Daily Mirror, Gold Star Daily, Mindanao Tribune, Mindanao Times, Mindanao Travel Channel and 102.7 FM One Radio.
Registration fee for the WNCAA/MNCAA Pep Rally Run is pegged at P100 only with free Smart Sim and baller. The run is unique in itself as the participants will be flagged of by school delegations and will be doing their school cheers along the route.
Highlights of the run and cheerleading events will be shown on Mindanao Travel Channel via Channel 2 of Sky Cable TV.(pr)