The finest athletes and students of Jose Rizal Memorial State University System showed off their skills and power as they bagged different awards during the conduct of MASTS 2014 (Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools) held on October 23-31 at Mati, Davao Oriental which made the University as 2nd Runner-up both in Sports and Socio-Cultural Events.
Dir. Randy Elopre, the Director for Sports and Development disclosed that JRMSU outranked 23 other state universities and colleges in Mindanao having 29 golds, 29 silvers and 19 bronzes in which the school earned 15 golds in Athletics,11 golds in Football, 2 golds in Women Beach Volleyball, and 1 gold in Arnis.
On the other hand, students had proven their prowess on the different categories of Socio-Cultural Competitions as they outsmarted 23 other state universities and colleges garnering 30 points in which the University won on the following categories: Storytelling (Champion), Masining na Pagkukwento (Champion), Hip Hop (Champion), Duet (2nd Place), Solo (3rd Place), Dagliang Talumpati (3rd Place), Contemporary Dance (4th Place), Choral Singing (4th Place), Extemporaneous Speaking (Fifth Place) and Competitive Ballroom Standard (Semi-Finalist),
Moreover, Mr. Edward James Stambough of JRMSU Main Campus reaped numerous awards and distinction during the coronation night of Mr. MASTS 2014. He won Best in Barong Tagalog, Best in Playsuit and Mr. Photogenic.
According to Dir. Jessie C. Flores, Director for Cultural Affairs, unity and cooperation among the participants and coaches were the ingredients of the overwhelming victory.
“It was a collaborative effort of everyone, and I thank the administration for the support especially to our dynamic University President, Dr. Edgar S. Balbuena for sending us to the Friendship Games,” he added.
There were 279 students and athletes together with 75 coaches and officials who competed among other participants from the 25 state universities and colleges in Mindanao.
This year’s theme was “Sports and Socio-Cultural Competitions leading to ASEAN Competitiveness”.
Dr. Jovelyn M. Cantina