Negrense runner playing and representing the University of Santo Tomas (UST) awarded six medals in the athletics event of the 2018 Philippine University Games (UniGames) in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental last October 28, 2018. This year marks the 23rd celebration of the University Games in the Philippines.
Thirty-two (32) colleges and universities participated in the 23rd University Games that opened last October 20, 2018, at the City Hall quadrangle. Participating teams are from De La Salle College of St. Benilde, University of Santo Tomas, University of Mindanao, University of the East, National University and the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Negros Runner bags 6 medals
Louielyn Cabuga Pamatian, a native of Bago City in Negros Occidental, bagged five gold medals in the women’s 400-meter and 800m run, classical, 4x100m, and 4x400m relay and a silver medal in the 1,500m run. She joined Alyssa Andrade, Rosnani Pamaybay and Karen Janario in the 4x100m relay. She also teamed up with fellow Negrense Jessa Mae Jarder, Jie Anne Calis and Pamaybay in the 4x400m relay.
The 21-year-old student-athlete said she is happy to harvest six medals in the annual games, especially that this will be her last year of competition. The two-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player (MVP) said she will apply her UniGames experience to the UAAP this year.
I hope to help the team win the overall championship once again. Our women’s athletics team won as UniGames overall champion again while the men’s team settled for second runner-up. So, I hope we can deliver the same feat this new season,” she said.
Meanwhile, the beach volleyball teams of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) and University of St. La Salle-Bacolod wrapped up the tournament with runner-up finishes. Alexa Pacheco Polidario and Jenny Mar Senares of UNO-R failed to defend the women’s title after losing to University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses. Herold Parcia and Bongskie Hojilla of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod claimed the bronze medal after defeating the University of Mindanao-Tagum.