Alumni compete in games to celebrate BU 49th anniversary

Having been instrumental in the growth of the university throughout the years, the Bicol University General Alumni Association Incorporated (BUGAAI), National Service Training Program (NSTP), BU Graduate School (BUGS) held a series of activities on September 22 in celebration of BU's 49th founding anniversary.

Staying true to the theme of this year's anniversary “Sustaining Gains, Building Milestones”, the celebration became a testament of unity as it was realized through the combined effort of BUGAAI, NSTP, BUGS, and the BU Alumni Relations Office (BUARO); as well as the generosity of the Albay Normal School, Bicol Teachers' College, BU College of Education Laboratory School Alumni Association (ABBAA) Incorporated, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, and various private entities as sponsors.

The activities began early in the morning and lasted well until night-time. Raising the energy for the day-long celebration, the first event was a Color Fun Run inside BU Main Campus, followed by a Zumba exercise session headed by the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR) Alumni Association.

After the exercises, a Thanksgiving Mass, organized by the BUGS Students' Council, was held. The mass was celebrated by Msgr. Noe Thomas, parish priest of St. Gregory the Great Parish of Albay and former BU chaplain.

As the celebration of the mass concluded, the program began with BUGS Dean Dr. Antonio P. Payonga and BU President Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas welcoming the participants in their opening messages. Prizes were also awarded to the enthusiastic Fun Run participants, which were given by BUARO Director Dr.Rosana L. Madrona and BUGAAI President Mr. Edgar S. Barrameda.

The BUGAAI president also led the launching of the 2019 (Golden) Alumni Day Activities, which includes the ‘Search for 50 Outstanding BU Alumni', the Coffee Table Book, the proposed Alumni Building, and the BU Alumni Database.

Afterwards, the alumni began their Basketball Championship Games where 11 Alumni teams representing BU College of Engineering (BUCENG), Daraga Campus, Institute of Architecture, College of Industrial Technology, College of Education, BU High School, College of Science, IPESR, College of Arts and Letters, BUGAAI, and a combined team of PDMO and ICTO.

In the afternoon, the officers, board of directors, presidents of the Unit and College Alumni Associations, and the Alumni Coordinators gathered for their business meeting, where they further discussed their plans, particularly for the upcoming BU golden anniversary. The celebration continued in the afternoon with games, raffle draws and talent shows which features the members of the alumni and the performers from BUCE and BUCAL who recently won the BU Voices competition.