To finally break a few years of hiatus from the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools, Inc. (MASTS) Friendship Games, Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) sent out 70-strong athletes, artists, and coaches to represent the College in 18 sports and socio-cultural competitions.

The delegates departed on November 22, 2019 to participate in a week-long contest from November 23 to 29, 2019, hosted by the Island Province of Camiguin. The delegation was headed by College President Joy Sorrosa, supported by Office of Student Services (OSS) Dean Josiedel Santamaria, Socio-cultural Coordinator Jude Magdayao, and Sports Coordinator Edison Bernaldez.

The Table Tennis Men’s Varsity proved to be the ones to beat as they earned the gold medals in both Team and Individual Events. They also won a silver medal in the Men’s Individual Event. The table tennis smashers were Neil Concepcion, Adrian Asumbrado, AV Secretaria, and Kenneth Molles. They were trained by Edison Bernaldez.

An impromptu team from the Visual and Performing Arts contingent snatched three golds from a demo videography contest. The winning entry was made by Troy Puquiz, Mel Vallescas, Naoyuki Nagai, Al Ramada, and Jessa Mapalo. Troy Puquiz also finished as 4th best in the Photojournalism demo contest, while Michael Puzon was recognized as 6th best for Pencil Drawing. The Visual Arts Team was mentored by Jeymar Alfarero and Czarina Lanes.

The Dance Sports Team dazzled the crowd as they completed their impressive routines. Standard Discipline Duo, Ailene Buntilao and Herico de los Nieves, gave an unforgettable performance and finished the night as silver medalists. Latin discipline representatives, Aiven Egnio and Mariefer Panes, made it to the quarterfinals. They were coached by Ian Somosot.

The newly-formed Radio Drama team won the bronze medal as they delivered a moving culturally-rooted piece. The performers were Yvonne Saragena, Rhea Sacayan, Mike Mullot, Yboyen Bohol, and Ellyn Montaño. They were mentored by Daniel Silvallana.

Another bronze finish was netted by the Badminton Men’s Double and Badminton Mixed Teams. Coach Irvin Santamaria and Coach Josiedel Santamaria brought student-athletes; Floyd Amatong, Kyle dela Torre, Marlo Sablas, Alexis Pis-o, Shiela Cantela, Darlyn Pagador, Marla Palabao, and Christy Noñeza.

DNSC’s live band also had a convincing 6th place-run with its members; Naoyuki Nagai, Jeremy Tripoli, Jedidiah Mahinay, Adam Gumba, Adam Padis, Kobe Tubo, and Kyle Comendador. The Short and Sweet Play landed the 7th spot as they tackled the investment scheme phenomenon in their piece. The artists were Shaenea Nisnisan, Earold Dadap, Allen Aballe, Carlo Gemar, Al Ramada, and Jessa Mapalo, with their trainer, John Rae Duran.

For the rest of the sports and socio-cultural events, our representatives were; Johnleo Culpa, Reymund Lapaz, Nicezhenfer Mapula, and Lovely Roble (Taekwondo Men and Women), Benjamin Samonte and Grace Barral (Vocal Duet), Adam Gumba (Pop Solo), Mel Vallescas (In-Situ Painting), Jeremy Tripoli (Charcoal Rendering), Ryan Paltep (Poster-Making), Troy Puquiz (Artistic Photography), Jennifer Bajao, Jhon Cabanes, Marben Luna, Jen Manalad, Joshua Matchon, Jhon Pentin, Arvy Quilario, Jennyver Tancio, and Dave Luminarias (Street Dance). Also in the pool of coaches and officials were Taekwondo trainer Junry Lanoy, Musical Coach Sabar Hasan, Veteran Dancer Jude Magdayao and Nurse Gemma Cervantes.

Ms. DNSC 2019 Lalaine Doroja and BS Social Work student Eljhem Suico are yet to compete for Mr. and Ms. MASTS on November 29, 2019 at the Closing Ceremonies. They will be accompanied by Coach Nolie Guadalquiver.

We salute all our student-athletes and student-artists! Thank you for making us proud, padayon!