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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, March 8, 2011
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The Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association celebrates its Foundation Day today at the Nature’s Village in Talisay City.

Association president Dr. Rosario de Guzman said the culminating event of the NOPSSCEA’s 30th year will be highlighted by a concelebrated mass at the Nature’s chapel with immediate past president, Monsignor Noly Que as main celebrant.

Que will be joined by 10 other priests coming from NOPSSCEA member-schools to mark the occasion anchored on the theme, “NOPSSCEA: Sturdy @ 30”, De Guzman said.

More than 70 school administrators, members of the Board of Trustees and educators are expected to attend the whole-day program, the biggest General Assembly so far.

NOPSSCEA, formed on March 8, 1980 by local school administrators and educators led by Br. Rafael Donato, FSC, of the then La Salle College Bacolod, traces its roots from the merger of the Negros Occidental Collegiate Athletic Association and the Negros Occidental Private Schools Athletic Association.

Br. Donato, who convened the pioneering institutions—La Salle, West Negros College (now West Negros University), St. John’s Institute, Riverside College, La Consolacion College and Colegio San Agustin Bacolod—formed what is now known today as the NOPSSCEA.

For the last three decades, NOPSSCEA has been known for producing sports and athletic champions, who represented and won medals for the country not only in the national scene but also in the international arena; arts and culture icons, as well as achievers in the fields of education, business and corporate sectors , leadership and community service, among others.

In today’s activity, De Guzman is expected to present the mechanics and related details of the proposed NOPSSCEA Excellence Awards that seeks to recognize the contributions of individuals, who studied in any NOPSSCEA member-school, and are now successful personalities in their chosen fields.

The search for the first recipients of the NOPSSCEA Excellence Awards, which was discussed in the Association’s Board meeting yesterday, will be officially launched sometime in July 2011.

With de Guzman in the current NOPSSCEA Board are Fr. James Bumangabang, vice president; Dr. Crispina Diego, secretary; Sr. Ma. Heriberta Catigan, treasurer; Sarah Ortega, auditor, and Que, ex-oficio.

Joining them are Dr. Ervie Emelda Gallespen, chair, Committee on Education; Roger Banzuela, chair, Community Outreach; Fr. Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa, OAR, Ericson Rios, Committee on Sports; Ma. Del Pilar Limas, resource generation; Juliana Tan, socio-civic and religious affairs; Carlos Eduardo Legaspi, press relations; Pastor Edwin Madlangbayan, organizational advancement, and Catigan, Bumangabang, chairs, finance and culture, respectively.*



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