By: Anthony Servinio
NOTED AND RESPECTED sportsman Manuel “Buddy” Encarnado was recently appointed as the new General Manager of the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA). The appointment was accepted by Encarnado in front of officials and school representatives of the league that is marking its 25th season this coming November.
Among the duties and responsibilities entrusted to Encarnado, who once served as Chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association, will be the league’s marketing plus the day to day administrative functions. His years of experience in the sporting and corporate worlds will go a long way towards a smooth and credible tournament.
At the same time, the league announced the election of Patrick Nolasco of Philippine Merchant Marine School as the new NCRAA President succeeding Engr. Ted Cada of Asian Institute of Maritime Studies. The vast experience and knowledge of Encarnado is expected to partner well with the youthful exuberance of Nolasco as they take the league to new heights.
Last year, the NCRAA joined forces with the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association to form the 16-team NCRUCLAA and this will now be recognized as the league’s 24th season. For the coming Silver Season, 14 schools as of now are sure of joining consisting of those that played in the NCRUCLAA plus a sprinkling of returning NCRAA members as well as other powerhouse teams from other collegiate leagues in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Although the final list is still to be made public, it is not yet sure if the league will add more teams to either match or surpass the 16-team field of the NCRUCLAA which was won by Colegio de San Lorenzo. The Griffins beat the De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras in a heart-stopping three-game championship series that ended last March 31 at the Makati Coliseum.
Aside from CDSL, DOMC, AIMS and PMMS, other schools that saw action in the NCRUCLAA where Don Bosco Technical College, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, National College of Business and Arts, Olivarez College, PATTS College of Aeronautics, Philippine School of Business Administration-QC, Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Rizal Technological University, Saint Francis of Assisi College, Technological Institute of the Philippines and University of Makati. NCBA clinched the Juniors Division while RTU emerged as queens of the Women’s Division of basketball.
Crowned as champions in volleyball were RTU and DLSU-D in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions respectively. RTU also took home titles in Women’s chess and Men’s and Women’s table tennis while UMak ruled Men’s chess.