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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1: Preschool, elementary and high school students clad in multi-colored sports uniforms took part in two separate colorful opening ceremonies and various sport events of Sportsfest 2016 of the Philippine International English School (PIES) in Fahaheel held from Jan 26 to 28.
The first day opening ceremonies of the Lower Level Division (Preschool to Grade 4) were capped by the lighting of the torch by the members of the school administration and parent representative led by the School Principal Antonio A. Casupang, Administration Manager Yakoub Saleh, School Registrar Nenita P. Lesaca, ULD Vice Principal Marivic D.C. Tamondong, LLD Vice Principal Rowena P. Bautista and Parent Representative Harold Pastor. This was followed by the Oath of Sportsmanship led by Teacher Romel P. Ramos, the opening remarks of LLD Vice-Principal Rowena P. Bautista and the singing of the Sportsfest theme “Unity in Our Community. After School Principal Antonio A. Casupang declared the Sportsfest 2016 open for the lower level, the most awaited Field Demonstration of preschool to grade 4 pupils followed which highlighted the first day where pupils displayed their talents and versatility in gymnastics and dance moves. After the field demo, parentS, teachers and students took part with excitement in various sports games like “patintero” and volleyball as well as in various parlor games like ‘kadang-kadang”, sack race, and tug of war.
The second day was an equally exciting day for all where the Upper Level Division (Grade 5 to Grade 10) students took part in colorful opening ceremonies that kicked off the day’s activity. It opened by the lighting of the torch led by the team captains of the four houses, namely: Aaron Acierto of the Blue Team, Andrei Arabis of the Green Team, Rafaan Kabir of the Red Team and Von Novi de Leon of the Yellow Team. This was followed by the Oath of Sportsmanship led by Grade 10 student Wesley Candidato, the opening remarks of ULD Vice Principal Marivic D.C. Tamondong, the singing of the Sportsfest theme “Unity in the Community”. After declaring the Sportsfest 2016 of ULD open by School Principal Antonio A. Casupang open, the elimination games began for basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, chess and of course, “patintero”
In their separate opening remarks, Vice Principals Rowena Bautista and Marivic Tamondong, while stressing on the meaning of the theme “Unity in Our Community”, welcomed this activity as an appropriate venue to strengthen bonding through friendship in sports. Friendship, they said, as an institutional value being promoted, would bring in camaraderie and closeness or unity in the community. Sport, they added further, teaches us teamwork, the importance of fair play and that winning or losing can be done with honor—knowing that one did the very best of one’s ability.
The Championship games that followed until the third day resulted to the declaration of overall winners. The Blue Team came out to be the Overall Champion; the Yellow Team as 1st Runner-up; the Green Team as 2nd Runner-up; and the Red Team as 3rd Runner–up.