Teachers present research on pageants, games, arnis

Physical Education (PE) instructors from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) presented their research works to an international audience Aug. 9.

Professors Alena Macasil, Joan Grace Empleo and Marlon Timbang joined the 23rd Pan Asian Sports and PE Conference at the Summit Circle Hotel in Cebu City.

The gathering drew delegates from 18 countries.

Macasil presented her thesis titled “Dynamics of Beauty Pageants in Intramurals” an analysis of beauty pageants as a component of school sports festivals.

Timbang demonstrated indigenous games played by the Mamanwa tribe of Sison, Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao.

Empleo presented results of a field test following her production of a manual on arnis, local martial arts that feature two sticks as weapons.

Macasil said she found out that pageants complemented the competitive aura of sports events.

“Beauty pageant is also an avenue for them (students) to explore their talents and build their self-confidence,” her study reads in part.

Timbang invited the foreign delegates to participate in the games, which he said “showed the Mamanwas’ affinity with nature.”

He said the games evince the tribal people’s “excellent skills in hunting animals through the use of different traps.”

Timbang said he is pushing for the inclusion of the games in the physical education curricula of Surigao schools to preserve them.

The UP Cebu instructors said they were overwhelmed to present their works to an international audience for the first time.

They received certificates and will join the Pan Asia Sports and PE Society, Philippine Chapter.

Contributed by Ianne Clarisse Ortiz

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