Almost P7 million was raised for the Thomasian athletes through the first UST alumni golf tournament coined as the “Rector’s Cup” which was held in Tagaytay Midlands Golf and Country Club last July 28.
The event, which was organized by the UST Office of Alumni Relations in coordination with the UST Alumni Association, Inc. (USTAAI), gathered 138 participants who competed for the coveted trophy which was made by renowned Thomasian sculptor Ramon Orlina.
The proceeds of the tournament will be used as additional subsidy for the Thomasian athletes, especially those who are not given media publicity, unlike the other mainstream sporting events.
“Although the athletes are already receiving scholarships and allowances from the University, the alumni would also like to give additional incentives for them to be inspired to strive harder in order to win the championship,” Alumni Relations Director Asst. Prof. Ma. Cherry Tanodra, MAN, RN said.
Asst. Prof. Tanodra explained that part of the proceeds will be used in providing food for the athletes after their respective games.
“We are planning to provide food for the athletes after each game, for them to be able to eat together and develop a closer bond with their respective teammates,” she said. “It is one way of making them feel treasured by the University and the alumni as well.”
Aside from the Rector’s Cup, the Alumni Relations also has several projects in order to gather support and donations from the alumni for the Thomasian athletes.
This is in hope of winning the overall championship in this year’s UAAP season, where UST is the host school.
UST was held as the winningest school in terms of UAAP overall championships, with 40 titles. It was in 2015 when the University won its last general championship trophy.
Last season, UST succumbed to the De la Salle University in the bout for the general championship; while the Growling Tigers, the University’s men’s basketball team, was defeated by the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in a best-of-three championship battle.
With UST as the host school this season, Thomasian athletes are determined to reclaim the general championship title.
Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said the Rector’s Cup was not only a means to raise additional funds for the Thomasian athletes, but was also a way for the alumni to come together in an unconventional gathering other than the usual yearly alumni homecoming events.
“[The Rector’s Cup] is an avenue where [the] alumni can gather not in a formal set-up, like homecoming [celebrations] and conferences, but on something they love and enjoy,” Fr. Dagohoy said in his welcome remarks during the event.
Alumni from the College of Science bagged the championship with a score of 286.
The Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine and Surgery alumni placed second and third, respectively, both scoring 287. Engineering shot more birdies winning over Medicine via countback.
The Rector’s Cup is poised to become an annual tournament for the Thomasian alumni and an avenue for continuing financial support for the University’s athletes.
This year’s golf cup was headed by tournament director Dr. Ian Laurel alongside team captains Engr. Bong Fernando (Engineering), Mr. Clarence Aytona (UST High School), Atty. Peng de la Rama (UST Graduate School), Mr. Edwin Hernandez (Faculty of Arts and Letters), Dr. Elvis Llarena (Science), Dr. Ray Malilay (Meidicine), Mr. Ed Nepomuceno (College of Commerce and Business Administration), Atty. Dwight Ramos (Faculty of Civil Law), Archt. Ed Casares (College of Architecture) and members of the event committee: Dr. Ed Eseque of TITANS, Engr. Lawrence Pangan, and Mr. Rudy Olaso.
The event was also made possible by Engr. Robert Henson of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation; Dr. Robert Sy, Chairman of USTAAI; Atty. Nilo Divina of Divina Law; Engr. Morris Agoncillo of DATEM Construction; Archt. Jaime Lim of Ironcon Builders and Development; Security Bank; Archt. Ramon Orlina of Museo Orlina; Mr. Michael Blanco; Betis Craft; Mr. Wilfredo Layug of Betis Galleria; Mr. Michael Leyva; Engr. Jose Sy of Sy2 + Associates; College of Architerure Alumni Association, Inc.; Carunugan and Partners Co.; Nostrano Forma Co.; Wilcon Builders; Metriccon; Boysen; ASDEC Builders; Kenneth and Mock Designs; Bostik; Urban Scope Design; Kuysen; Steeltech; Unitec Pipes; Emerald Vinyl; Crown Asia; vPro Technical Solutions; IPM Construction; Philflex; Atlanta Industries; Laurel Development; Archt. Michael Peña; Mr. Greg Oliveros; AXA Philippines; Dumy Enterprise; A. Fabricante Merchandise; and FMR Corporation.
The next Rector’s Cup is set to be held on January 2017.