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Salinggawi Dance Troupe makes podium comeback

The UST Salinggawi Dance grabbed the silver medal behind champions Adamson University Pep Squad in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

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The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe makes a podium finish in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition, grabbing the silver medal behind champions Adamson University Pep Squad, Saturday, Dec. 2. Photo by Kennelf Monteza/TomasinoWeb.

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe made it back to the podium in the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition Saturday, Dec. 2.

UST placed first runner-up behind the Adamson University Pep Squad, who won their first-ever championship.

“Sobrang crazy, the feeling is crazy, sobrang overwhelming, sobrang unexpected. We’re so thankful whether we landed first place or not. We’re already that thankful,” UST head coach Mark Chaiwalla said.

Salinggawi, with their “Crouching Tigers”-themed routine, scored 638.5 points, 25 points short from first-placers Adamson University.

With their 80s-inspired performance, Adamson pulled away from the pack with 663.5 points out of the maximum 800.

The University of the East Pep Squad landed third with 634.5 points.

With an eight-point deduction, Salinggawi landed second in tumbling (83.5 points,) first in dance (340.5,) seventh in stunts (65,) fourth in tosses (74.5) and fourth in pyramids (83).

UST finally returned to the podium after finishing fourth last season.

“Lumabas kami sa comfort zone namin. Talagang sumugal kami,” Salinggawi President and Captain Benjo Gutierrez said.

In the group stunts competition, UST ranked fourth behind University of the Philippines (UP), Adamson and champion Far Eastern University.

UP Pep Squad, who made a comeback after their protest last season, failed to reach the podium and landed in sixth place.

“Maraming salamat. Kulang yung pasasalamat. Alam ko pinagdasal nila kami. Alam ko nagtiwala sila sa amin, and eto kami ngayon, first runner-up. We’re back!” Gutierrez ended.

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PATAFA drops Obiena from national pool amid fund misappropriation

The federation is also set to file criminal charges of estafa against Obiena after their investigative committee revealed that the Thomasian misappropriated the amount of 61,026.80 euros (P 3,661,608).

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Thomasian pole vaulter EJ Obiena is set to be dropped from the national training pool of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA), the federation announced on Jan. 4, Tuesday. 

This is after the body’s investigative committee released its results on the Olympian’s alleged falsification of liquidation documents and late payments to his coach, Vitaly Petrov.

The federation is also set to file criminal charges of estafa against Obiena after their investigative committee revealed that the Thomasian misappropriated the amount of 61,026.80 euros (P 3,661,608) which were released to him by the PATAFA and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as payment to the coaching services of Petrov.

On Nov. 21, 2021, Obiena debunked the  allegations of misuse of government funds to pay his coach.

“I have prided myself in embracing the values of discipline, competitiveness, honor, transparency and respect. This doesn’t change even in times of crisis,” Obiena said.

His mother, former PATAFA auditor Jeanette Obiena, also allegedly misappropriated the amount of P 624,116.76 which she claimed from the PSC as payment to Petrov but was not used as payment as of August 2021.

PATAFA will also file a complaint before the World Athletics against Petrov for violation of the Integrity Code of Conduct, and declare Obiena’s adviser, James Lafferty, as a persona non grata. 

The PATAFA also intends to immediately terminate all engagements of Petrov as Obiena’s coach.

The recommendations have been approved by the PATAFA’s board of trustees and the full report will be sent to the PSC and the Commission on Audit.

Before 2021 ended, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) no longer recognized Philip Juico as the president of the PATAFA after he was declared as persona non grata by POC president Bambo Tolentino.

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Thomasian among top nine finalists in 2022 UAAP Logo Design Contest

Ralph Rainell Estrella, a fourth-year student from the College of Fine Arts and Design, was included in the top nine out of 200 entries received by the UAAP for their contest.

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A Thomasian secured a spot among the top nine finalists, as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) revealed the winning entries for their Logo Design Contest on Friday, Dec. 17.

Ralph Rainell Estrella, a fourth-year student from the College of Fine Arts and Design, was included in the top nine out of 200 entries received by the UAAP for their contest.

The criteria stated that the winning logo must embody the vision, mission, and principles of UAAP which reflects the sports culture in the country and the history of the league itself.

Inspired by the traditional sport “sipa,” the winning design of Far Eastern University student Darryl John Digal will be formally used during the UAAP season 84 opening. 

The winning logo also replaces the eight-decade old logo used by one of the country’s collegiate leagues and will be used for various purposes such as official merchandise and other visual collateral. 

A total cash prize of PHP 100,000 along with its trophy and certificate will be given to the top winning design. The 2nd and 3rd place entries will also receive a cash prize and a certificate, while the 4th to 10th place will receive gift check certificates.

With the new logo, the league is now eyeing for the resumption of UAAP Season 84 with its basketball and volleyball season opening in early 2022.

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UST receives accreditation to resume athletic training for UAAP Season 84

From the target resumption of competition being February 2022, the CHED now looks at March 2022 as the possible month of resumption for the UAAP.

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Rev. Fr. Rodel S. Cansancio receives the Certificate of Accreditation for the University’s in-house training bubble, along with CHED chairman Prospero De Vera and DOH secretary Fransisco Duque III.

The University has received its Certificate of Authority for the resumption of the athletic training on Monday, Dec. 13, in preparation for the upcoming UAAP Season and other sports events.

The University has complied with all requirements necessary requested by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Health (DOH).

Last Saturday, the education and health departments’ officials visited UST to inspect the carpark building that will be used for the training bubble of the University’s basketball and volleyball teams.

The bubble training will be allowed at 50 percent capacity for areas under Alert Level 2 and full capacity for areas under Alert Level 1.

Only fully vaccinated student-athletes and coaches are allowed to participate in the training sessions, upon the agreed health guidelines.

From the target resumption of competition being February 2022, the CHED now looks at March 2022 as the possible month of resumption for the UAAP.

The collegiate league has been halted since April 2020 as both seasons 82 and 83 have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

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