WVSU dominates RASUC-VI Culture, Arts Festival;CHMSU president thanks stakeholders for reg’l meet success

West Visayas State University claimed the overall champion title during the recently concluded Culture and the Arts Conference and Festival 2024 last March 25.

Besting 10 other participating members of the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges in Western Visyas, WVSU garnered a total of 176 points across 22 cultural events. 

Following in second place is host Carlos Hilado Memorial State University with 91 points, and Aklan State University in third place with 80 points. The fourth place was won by Capiz State University, while the fifth place was snagged by the University of Antique.

Meanwhile, trailing behind were Central Philippines State University (6th, 46 points), State University of Northern Negros (7th, 46 points), Northern Iloilo State University (8th, 31 points), Iloilo Science and Technology University (9th, 27), Iloilo State University of Fisheries, Science and Technology (10th, 12 points), and Guimaras State University (11th, 5 points).

CHMSU President Norberto Mangulabnan, RASUC-VI President, thanked all participating SUCs, partners, stakeholders, and members of the university for the successful three-day competition and festival.

San Claire Saguano of ASU and Jim Ian Justien Arisgado of SUNN were also crowned as Mr. and Ms. RASUC-VI. The winner from the pageant and cultural events are set to represent Western Visayas in the National Culture and Arts Festival on April 23-25, at the Philippine Normal University in Manila.

Mangulabnan also congratulated all winners, participants, coaches, and parents for making a great contribution to promoting culture and arts in the region.

During the opening ceremony on Saturday, March 23, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges President Tirso Ronquillo underscored the importance of culture as it serves as the “soul” of state universities and colleges, of Filipinos in his keynote speech. 

Ronquillo assured that the PASUC fully backs the culture and arts programs of the 11 participating SUCs. 

The national president added that he looks forward to seeing the Western Visayas contingent in the upcoming nationals next month.

Meanwhile, CHED-VI Regional Director Raul Alvarez, Jr. and Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco “Kiko” Benitez also expressed support for the arts and culture in the Philippine higher education.

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