TINGOG Party-list led by its first nominee Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez was all praises for the Eastern Visayas Collegiate Athletic Association (EVCAA) for the successful conclusion of its first intercollegiate basketball tournament in Eastern Visayas.
“When I first pitched the idea of an inter-collegiate basketball tournament for Eastern Visayas, I never thought that EVCAA was going to be such a big success. A semester-long collegiate league, played on a home-and-away format, with live TV, radio and live streaming coverage has simply never been done before at the regional level,” said Jude Acidre, second nominee of Tingog.
“But we dreamed big. I was far from being a sports aficionado, that’s why we asked got a very passionate commissioner Julius Ross Abuda Lacaba. Just in time for the three weeks notice, he readily resigned from his day job, accepted a pay cut and took on the demanding task of managing the league. We got the prospective teams together. In the end, eight made it to the final cut,” he added.
Acidre said while there were challenges along the way, he remained thankful to university officials, sports coordinators and varsity coaches, particularly to university presidents Dr. Jude Duarte and Dr. Dominador Aguirre.
Also, he expressed gratitude to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the country’s top basketball organization, for “a professional and well-officiated league.”
“Special mention to incumbent Leyte First District Representative Yedda Romualdez, former Leyte First District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Tingog party-list led by its president Glenn Capucion for making our dream their own. EVCAA would never the success it became, without their support and encouragement,” Acidre said.
The basketball tournament, participated by majority of the SUCs in the region, premiered last January 25 and ended in April 6.
The EVCAA season one winners were first placer Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU); Samar State University (SSU) in second place; and Biliran Province State University (BiPSU), third. Visayas State University (VSU), Leyte Normal University (LNU), Naval State University (NSU), Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) joined in the games.