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CHK holds 1st National Sports Conference

In photo are (from left to right) Francis Chua of the Filipino-Chinese table tennis community, foreign guest speaker Fariba Ghavamzadeh Alrazavi (ITTF technical expert and coach from Iran), Farhad Jafari (Division A player and technical expert from Iran), Dr. Michael Babuin (member of the USA Table Tennis Board of Directors), CHK Prof. Oscar Yoshihiro D. Santelices (Chairman, UP CHK Dept. of Sport Science and Management Committee Head of the NCSP 2012), CHK dean Prof. Ronualdo U. Dizer, Peter Cua (Philippine “Liha” Ambassador) and Herman Tuazon (Pasig Table Tennis Club coach).

(November 6)—More than 400 physical education and sport science teachers, researchers, coaches, fitness instructors, athletes and students from various colleges and universities nationwide participated in the first National Conference on Sport Pedagogy organized by the UP College of Human Kinetics.

Officially endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the 3-day conference entitled Pedagogical Trends and Approaches in Physical Education and Sports Science towards the 21st Century was held from October 12 to 14 at the CHK Gym. It showcased the latest trends, issues and scientific approaches in teaching Physical Education and featured seven plenary and 21 keynote sessions with more than 30 workshop activities from the areas of team and individual sports; and dance and fitness.

Among the guest speakers were Dr. Michael Babuin, member of the USA Table Tennis Board of Directors; and Fariba Ghavamzadeh Alrazavi, the International Table Tennis Federation’s technical expert and coach from Iran.

Table tennis players who participated during the Chancellor’s Cup.

Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma and CHK dean Prof. Ronualdo U. Dizer formally opened the program and welcomed the participants.  

The event was supported by the Office of the UP President, Office of the Chancellor, UP Film Institute, National Institute of Physics, Bahay ng Alumni, Rodic’s, TOPCOMS Marketing, Gatorade, Uniwood Ply, MILO, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Pia Cayetano and Congressman Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

Meanwhile, the event was also made possible by the CHK Organizing Committee composed of the management committee headed by Prof. Oscar Yoshihiro S. Santelices with Professors Francis Carlos Diaz and Gilda Uy as members; committee heads Prof. Michiko Aseron (secretariat) and Mona Maghanoy (programs); Prof. Reylin San Juan (advertising and promotions), Prof. Marla Cuerdo (food and accommodations), Ralph Ramos (marketing and finance), Roque Tapel (logistics), Elena Sabeniano (transportation), Paul Li-boon (official website designer); CHK faculty, non-academic personnel and student volunteers.

Providing the intermission numbers during the conference dinner banquet on October 12 were UAAP Season 75 Cheerdance Competition Champions UP Varsity Pep Squad and the UP Filipiniana Dance Group.

The 14th UP Chancellor’s Cup National Invitational Table Tennis Tournament was held after the conference on October 14 participated by more than 500 players. —College of Human Kinetics