Smashing success: SESAM hosts the 1st Badminton Smash Tournament


In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering camaraderie and promoting healthy work-life balance, the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) Faculty, REPS, Admin Staff, and project-based researchers recently took to the courts in the first-ever SESAM Badminton Smash Tournament. The thrilling competition not only showcased the talents and skills of the staff but also highlighted SESAM’s commitment to employee well-being and team building. 

Held for three separate days (19 and 26 February, 4 March 2024) at University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Copeland Gymnasium, the tournament saw enthusiastic participation from SESAM Staff. In his opening message on the first day of the tournament, SESAM Dean, Dr. Rico C. Ancog emphasized the perseverance of everyone at SESAM. “This competition will bring not only the competitiveness of the players but more importantly is the fun of playing the game”, said Dr. Ancog. 

The competition format is in doubles, with a total of ten pairs of players. Players of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned athletes, battled it out in a series of intense matches filled with cheers, laughter, and friendly rivalry. The energy was off the charts. Players brought their best to the court, making every rally and every point count. 

The event was organized by the SESAM Health and Wellness Committee headed by Dr. Badi Samaniego. “The success of the first-ever SESAM Badminton Tournament exceeded our expectations”, said Dr. Samaniego. He also thanked everyone for their active participation and looked forward to the next sports tournament to be organized by the committee. 

The tournament concluded with an awarding ceremony on the third day, where winners were recognized for their outstanding skills and sportsmanship. SESAM congratulates the following winners: Mr. Mark Glenn Saguan and Mr. Robert Patrick M. Cabangbang (Champion/1st place); Mr. Joseph M. Vicente and Ms. Alma Ogrimina (2nd place); and Mr. Jason Frank Beloy and Ms. Chindee Aviles (3rd place). 

With plans already underway for other sporting events and activities, SESAM is poised to continue building on the momentum generated from the first-ever SESAM badminton tournament, setting the stage for even greater engagement and bonding among its employees. (RMAreglado)

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