SAMA recently concluded it’s first Inter-school All Mixed Doubles Badminton Tournament last 22nd May, 2016 at the Singapore Badminton Hall. Eight (8) out of the fourteen (14) badminton courts were occupied by SAMA for this event. A total of twenty-six (26) Philippine Universities and Colleges were represented by one hundred and twenty-four (124) seasoned badminton players from the various clubs under the Filipino Badminton Community in Singapore.
Our Sports and Recreations Committee Chairman, Mr. Alison and the Internal VP, Ms. Vhines, had close coordination with one of the badminton clubs, Pinoy Shuttlers Singapore (PSS), of which they are also members.
Pre-registrations started in April and lasted until May 9th. Some of the players only realized that they were from the same school when each of them started to look for their respective partners in each category.
Eventually, the committee has managed to invite sixty-two pairs of seasoned badminton players. There were still others who wanted to participate but didn’t have a partner (from the same school).
Twenty-six (26) Philippine Universities and Colleges
Sixty-two (62) pairs of contenders in different categories – lower, middle and upper
Twenty-four (24) trophies and cash prizes to be won
The event started with a program led by 2016-17 SAMA Internal Vice President, Ms. Vhines. She opened with an invocation for the blessing of the event and all participants.
After the prayers, we gave respect to the Philippine flag by singing our national anthem.
2016-17 SAMA Sports and Recreation Chairman, Mr. Alison, led the Oath of Sportsmanship with all the participants.
After that, 2016-17 SAMA President, Mr. Edwin, delivered the welcome remarks. During his speech, he identified three goals that this event would like to achieve. First, is to identify who among the badminton players within the huge, 800-strong Filipino Badminton Community, are Mapua alumni. Being the affiliate of NAMA (Philippines), we encourage those Mapuans who are working or living in Singapore, to join and register with SAMA. We offer different sports, recreation, trainings, seminars, volunteer works and an overall feeling of inclusiveness with different families and friends. Secondly, SAMA is building up it’s sports portfolio and plans to include badminton among it’s regular sports offering every year. With the inter-school concept, it can evolve to include other inter-school sports like bowling, badminton, darts and others. Thirdly, SAMA intends to collate the excess monies from this event together with other events for this year and donate to a Singapore charity of her choice. It’s a way of giving back to our host country, Singapore, and a way to help those in need.
The event was jointly managed by the Sports and Recreation Committee and the Executive Committee.
The Membership Committee was also there to help those identified Mapua alumni to register with SAMA.
We were also supported by two sponsors: SMDC-Team KMAC and AIA SP-Rochelle-Oculus
SMDC Team KMAC (with Ms. Kaye Cawili (right))
AIA SP-Rochelle-Oculus (with Ms. Rochelle (center))
The event lasted until about 1:00 pm, where the last of the pairs of competitors battled it out for the final spot. Below are the winners in each category (you may click the name of the winners to see their photos:
Champion : MAPUA (Alison Abayan & Fenella Binag)
1st Runner Up : PUP (Gary Cristobal & Toots Sarmiento)
2nd Runner Up : PSBA (Jerwin Sia & Grace Andres)
3rd Runner Up : SLU (Robert Caluza & Shyne Vergara)
Champion : ADAMSON (Denmark Santos & Rosiel Ramos)
1st Runner Up : CSU (Butch Tugano & Lyka Tugano)
2nd Runner Up : MAPUA (RR Vicente & Vhines Bamba)
3rd Runner Up : SLU ( Gilbert Hamera & Grace Lozada)
Champion : ATENEO (William Reynera & Cheryl Loredo)
1st Runner Up : UP (Martinne Duenas & Averyl Orejola)
2nd Runner Up : UP ( Jom Penaranda & Ellaine Lunio)
3rd Runner Up : ATENEO (Janus Arcellana & Jane Nobleza)
Certificates of Appreciation to our Volunteers!
Plaque of Appreciation to our sponsors!
Special Award to the First Team to Pre-Register!
Note: They also won in the Upper Level category and got 1st Runner Up!
And finally, THANK YOU to everybody who were there and gave their support to this event! We hope to see you all again in the next season! Who knows, we may have an intramural style of sportsfest where we will have different sports involved.
Postscript…. you can find the link to the photo album of this event in our Gallery of Events page.