Tuesday, November 30, 2010

University of San Carlos Intramurals Closing

Yesterday I posted my experience on the opening ceremony of University of San Carlos Intramurals 2010. As continuation, below is another record of what transpired during the culminating ceremony.

After a number of activities, the USC Intramurals finally came to a stop at its closing ceremony held at A. Bustos Sports Complex, Main Campus on the 27th day of August. The ceremony began with the return of so-called Filipino-American Heartthrob John Hammond who sang I Believe, followed by a female trio called Premadonna singing Angels Brought Me Here. Solemnity continues with the opening prayer and singing the school and national anthem. A subsequent dance intermission broke the ice by moving to the song Ole, Ole, Ole by Ricky Martin. The awarding of chess, table tennis, and lawn tennis then took place.

Without further ado, the much anticipated Pop Jazz dance battle between the different colleges of the university began. Avatar, both the blue-skinned extraterrestrials and the animated cartoon, were the theme of some groups. Others took different approaches and were inspired by multiple themes such as psycho-thrilling mimes, ancient Egyptian and other cultural influences, and the classic school scenery. All seven groups individual displayed their artistic dances, which was followed by a grand finale or showdown. Obviously all groups tried hard to outmatch each other to win the competition.

USC College of Engineering garnered 1st place in Pop Jazz Competition.

While the judges tallied the scores, the Premadonna once more entertained the audience, accompanied later by a dance group. The awarding of winners for the remaining sports competed in the intramurals then followed. A spectacular performance of two fire dancers succeeded with much enthusiasm. Lights were turned off that time to complement the grandness of the performance. The audience with much delight waved their mobile phones with their bright screens on.

Fire Dance Intermission – USC Intramurals 2010

And at last, the event came to a climactic end with the announcement of winners for the Pop Jazz competition. The College of Engineering won the grand prize, replacing the defending champion the College of Nursing. The College of Architecture and Fine Arts trailed behind as 3rd placer.

In comparison to the opening ceremony of the intramurals, the closing ceremony was arguably the better event overall. The minor booboos scattered throughout some performances were hardly noticeable. The performances themselves were even better this time, especially the aforementioned fire dancing which simply left an awe-inspiring impression. However, as the event was still held at the same location as the opening ceremony, the tight space and intolerable heat remained as definite setback to the entertainment. Had the activities been held in a much bigger location, the would-be comfortable accommodation would then help the audience become more active due to better mood and spirit. On the other hand, the host for the event was also better received because of his successful attempts to be in with the students.

My recommendation to hold the event to a better setting persists. With that said, I can hardly find anything more to say against the event. I actually enjoyed such occasion which I thought to be a bummer because of being required for a critique paper. My only other suggestion is for the performers and event handlers to just keep up the good work.

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