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Spin.ph’s sports writer and The LANCE’s former sports editor ’12-’13 Christian Jacinto has been elected as the new National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Press Corps vice president last July.
The election process involved votes from the outgoing board of directors and current members of the group. Having proven himself
capable of bigger responsibilities as last year’s secretary, Jacinto expressed that it was an honor to be the vice president of the press
“Nagsimula kami, pare-parehas kaming mga batang members tapos ngayon after few years of learning through the ropes, nandito na. Masaya na may tiwala ‘yung grupo and ‘yung mga seniors namin who led before us,” he said.
He then shared how the election took place, how they were named and recognized, saying: “Simpleng process lang naman ‘yan among the members na nung mag-e-election na sabi ko kay Norman, siya na rin mag- president then after that I was elected as vice president.” “For the longest time si CedelfTupas ang president, so after the last collegiate awards nung June, nagsabi siya na he will step down [from his post] and kailangan niyang magpalit ng members,” he revealed.
Along with him were ABS-CBN Sports’ Norman Riego as the president, Spin.ph’s Randolph Leongson as secretary, Manila Standard’s Peter Atencio as assistant secretary, Tiebreaker Times’ Matthew Li as treasurer, and ESPN5’s Yo Sarmenta as the auditor.
He also noted that the main goal of the newly-elected officers is to promote the league through different means. No stranger to the atmosphere of the collegiate sports press scene, the Letran former Journalism major and school publication’s then-sports editor reiterates the importance of following the steps of the senior writers who forged a path and guided them along the way to continue their legacy and contribute to the improvement of the organization.
Meanwhile, when asked about the initial plans for this year, he said: “Last season, the main project was the sports writing seminar. Nag-hold kami ng sports writing seminar which was something na kailangang matuloy ngayon.”
The seminar-workshop was a joint project organized by the NCAA and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) press corps for aspiring sports writers.
“Aside from that, kailangang magtuloy-tuloy ‘yung pag- promote ng liga through iba’t ibang means tulad ng press releases ng Player of the Week, mga collegiate awards namin yearly na hino-hold ng press corps, very important event din ‘yun,” he added.
“So kami na ‘yun, samin na ‘yun, responsibilities na namin ‘yun. Ang pinaka-importante naman is to keep up with what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years – keeping up ‘yung ginawa ng mga seniors namin,” he concluded.
With the opportunity given, Jacinto aims to match the level of efforts performed by the previous officers as the season commenced.