The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) started its Season 93 by honoring its former collegiate stars and successful alumni during the opening rites on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Alumni Rommel Adducul and Boy Mora of season host San Sebastian College led the honorees along with current Stags coach Egay Macaraya. Also feted were Lyceum’s star Gary David, Letran’s Kerby Raymundo and Raymond Almazan.
“I really appreciated the invitation of San Sebastian. They still recognized my contributions to the school,” Adducul, who led the Golden Stags to consecutive NCAA titles from 1993 to 1997, told The Manila Times.
Adducul was the most recognizable product of San Sebastian, having won back-to-back Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum in 1996 and 1997 en route to making a name for himself as a pro.
Mora who was part of the 1985 Stags champion team now holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration.
Other players honored were John Pinto of Arellano University, Jonathan Grey and Sunday Salvacion of College of Saint Benilde, Mapua’s Chito Victolero, Vergel Meneses and Philip Cesar of Jose Rizal University, Christ Mejos and Ariel Sison of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
“The purpose of this is to acknowledge the fruits of the NCAA,” said San Sebastian College and NCAA President Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR.
Entrepreneur James Tan Sy represented San Beda, as no player from the school was able to attend the opening ceremonies.
Dr. Karl Mercader and General Rosendo Moro Dial of Perpetual Help, disc jockey Jhai Ho of Lyceum were also honored.