Back in the game: Intramurals 2023

By: Ella Consunji, 11-3 & Cha Lavastida, 11-3

June 5, 2023


Assumption Antipolo’s annual Intramurals are finally back onsite and better than ever. With the theme “Recognizing our student-athletes as symbols of hope and courage,” the Intramurals made a comeback with the new hybrid set-up. The event kickstarted with the opening ceremony last February 6, Monday. Ms. Grace Magtaas led the opening remarks, in which she expressed her gratitude to the organizers of this event: Ms. Barbi Paraguya, Creative Arts, Sports, and Technology (CAST) Team Leader and Ms. Joselyn Baldago, Ms. Joanne Bibat, and Sir Rodel Español, PE teachers.

The current SCAA Vice President, Regina Aquillo, facilitated the official welcome and explanation of the theme. Our student-athletes were chosen as the inspiration for this event, for they have continuously shown camaraderie despite intense competition.

It is an AA tradition to invite empowered female athletes to give a speech to the students during the open ceremony. This year, Sobe Buena of the Ateneo de Manila University Women’s Volleyball team and Old Girl of AA was invited to share her speech for the first onsite Intramurals since the pandemic. Relating to the theme of the Intrams, she shared that hope and courage are essential in helping us achieve our goals. She said, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” In the process of getting to where she is today, she undoubtedly felt moments of anxiety and fear but all that’s needed is a few seconds of courage and belief in yourself to achieve what you put your mind to. She shared her journey as an athlete and by so doing, served as encouragement to all students to have hope and courage during the Intramurals and in their everyday lives.

Each batch had its own team in each sport or event. Many of the classic sports were brought back such as swimming, basketball, frisbee, soccer, and volleyball. The students brought back the traditional way of supporting their batchmates, in the form of wearing face paint, cheering, and playing various percussion instruments to keep the hype up. Many students also took pictures and updated one another on events that were ongoing to show their support.

The winners of the Intramurals were announced about a month later, on March 31, during the first-ever onsite high school assembly in two years. The entire high school student body first watched each of the participating batch’s cheers, wherein they all showcased their enthusiasm and support for their own level through energetic chants. Then, Ms. Paraguya took the opportunity to officiate the awarding ceremony. It was then announced that the Grade 12 swept the awards for this school year, having won the AA Spirit and Overall Champion. The team captains and the Grade 12’s Batch Representative, Maggie Paraguya, went up the stage to claim their award, as well as to take a picture to commemorate the moment. Thus concluded the awarding ceremony.

The high school body left the Multi-Purpose Building feeling fulfilled to have witnessed and practiced camaraderie and sisterhood this Intramurals season.