THE NOTRE DAME of Tacurong College (NDTC) College Department celebrated its Intramurals 2018 entitled Kuyaw Elements, with the theme “Discovering and Igniting Students’ Potential towards Excellence and Unanimity.” Exhibited by blazing determination and thrilled spirit, three different teams: Fishing (Laot), Farming (Kapatagan), and Desert (Disyerto) Regions– battled one another during the said Bagani-inspired event where unappalled Damean talents, academic brilliance and athletic skills were showcased from December 17- 19.
The postponement of the event from September to December, due to some security reasons that concerned the people of Sultan Kudarat, did not obstruct the positive realization of this joyous event. The grand opening ceremony on the first day of the celebration started with a Eucharistic celebration at the gym, then the parade around the city proper vis-à-vis with the Street Dancing competition. Back at the school grounds, the formal declaration of the opening was done by the Director of Student Affairs, Engr. Kathryn N. Purazo. What’s more, the guest speaker, Miss Jenilyn R. Espejo, former CSC president, inspired Dameans to be their best in all circumstances. The Mass Dance competition and showdown immediately followed. Later that night, the Jeans Wear and Talent Presentation of the candidates in the search for Mr. and Miss Damean 2018 was conducted. The day ended festive and full of energy.
The second day of the celebration was full-packed. Stylized Talakudong competition made the crowd wild with the adrenaline-charged performances from the three teams. Academic contests were also held wherein students awed the audiences in Damean Panitikan 2018 covering Extemporaneous Speaking, Declamation, Talumpati, and Quiz Bowl contests. Simultaneously, essay writing, poster making, and photography contests were enjoyed, too, by the students. Meanwhile, at the gymnasium, Damean Kantahan was held. Performances in Vocal Solo and Vocal Duet competitions proved the giftedness of NDTC students in music.
One of the highlights of the celebration, the Search for Mr. and Miss Damean 2018- The Coronation Night, was held on the second night of the three-day event. The gymnasium was filled with deafening cheers and applauses from the audience when six female and four male candidates remarkably ramped on their Bagani-inspired haute coutures. They vied for a number of special awards, and minor awards i.e. Best in Talent, Best in Jean Wear, Best in Production Number, Best in Creative Bagani Attire, Best in Casual Attire, Best in School Uniform, Best in Formal Wear, and Best in Interview. In the end, Adrian Paul Aguillon from the Farming Region, and Jasmin Angela Simacio Forro from the Fishing Region, were hailed as Mr. and Miss Damean 2018, respectively.
On the last day, Dameans took part in this year’s Damean Sayawan where everyone was just so hyped and excited to see the display of hard work and talents that the competitors poured into their entries in Folkdance, Dance Duo and Open Hip Hop contests.
Smell of well grilled fishes and barbeques covered the whole campus when students and some teachers took delight in the Damean Kainan sa Kampus. Various clubs and organizations brought their baons to share with the rest at the school kiosks. Fun and glee were present in the various club Christmas parties and larong pinoy. For a while, the students could let go of the stress of school work.
Kuyaw Elements 2018 culminated with the Awarding Ceremony and Students’ Christmas Party on the night of December 19. Certificates of Recognition were given to winners of socio-cultural, academic and literary contests and ball games.
The declaration of overall results revealed that the champion is Team C, Farming Region; followed by the 1st Runner-up, Team A, Fishing Region; and followed by the 2nd Runner-up, Team B, Desert Region.
The Christmas carols and fireworks display that followed connoted that differences in colorful beliefs, talents and goals make the melody of unanimity and the radiating sportsmanship that strengthen the unwavering Notre Damean spirit.
The event was spearheaded by the Central Student Council and the Office of the Student Affairs.
Jay-Jay Cagaoan Tabudlo
Agustin Pullan Uy
Ana Marie Quevada