by Maria Theresa B. Panzo
The men and women’s badminton teams of MSU-IIT beat their respective opponents on Saturday night, February 21, to capture the 2014 Iligan Bay Chamber of Industries, Inc. (IBCI) Inter-Industry badminton title held at the Ramiro Sports and Event Center.
The men’s team outdid PLDT 2-1 to win its first championship trophy while the women’s team successfully defended its title as it blanked Lafarge 3-0.
“It was the first time for the men’s team to reach the Big 4 and even win the tournament,” said Prof. Oliver Capilitan, the team captain of the men’s team.
“I am very thankful to my teammates for their support and willingness to participate and play for the Institute,” he added.
The tournament started on December 6, 2014 and culminated in Saturday’s finals night. The double round robin system was used with every company fielding three doubles teams. At the end of the elimination round, four teams with the highest points accumulated proceeded to the Big 4. The winners then went on to compete for the finals, while the two other teams fought for third place.
Both teams from the Institute came out on top of the elimination round, most notably the women’s team which went on to the finals without dropping a set in all its games.
Participating teams include MSU-IIT, PLDT, ILPI, Petronas, Mapalad, and Lafarge.
Dr. Cesar Miguel, the Institute Director of the Sports Development Office (SDO) and the team manager, was delighted on the double victory of the teams.
“I’m very happy about our team. Despite our difficulty to join the tournament, we still managed to win,” he said. Miguel is also the chairman of IBCI Sports Committee.
He also revealed that the badminton tournament was part of the IBCI annual sports program which includes basketball, aquatic disaster preparedness, and bowling.
The Institute bowling team was also the first runner-up in their event which was played between Oct. 10, 2014-Nov. 15, 2015.
In a courtesy call to the Office of the Chancellor on February 23, Dr. Sukarno Tanggol also expressed his happiness over the wins. An athlete himself, he assured the teams of a stronger support for badminton and other sports.
The men’s team is composed of Capilitan, Prof. Julius Benitez, Mr. Dale Cabe, Prof. John Paul Ben Silang, Prof. Arnel Zamayla, Prof. Randy Cagaanan, Prof. Art Brian Escabarte, Prof. Sotero Malayao Jr., Prof. Jude Positos, Mr. Andrew Bacala, and Prof. Nicolas Aborido Jr.
The women’s team is composed of its team captain Prof. Ellen Jarantilla-Castro, Ms.Leoneva Cawaling, Prof. Gemma Capuno, Ms. Febe Macasero, Ms. Joseth Pilar, Ms. Nenen Borinaga, Prof. Beverly Gemao, Prof. Diamer Capilitan, Prof. Rhea Febro, Prof. Rovie Gretchel Bucad, and this writer.
With the wins, the teams intend to keep a stronghold on the titles and be ready for the next IBCI tournament which will happen later this year, especially since other companies who have not participated have expressed interest to join.
“We [aim to] maintain our standing as champions and prepare players for the next tournament,” Capilitan said.