UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS

UP ROTC 2012: MS 1 – 13th Training Day
By COC Caithline Bo A Laguesma 4Cl
24 September 2011 at 1355H

The 13th Training Day of the UP ROTC: Corps of Cadets occurred on the 24th day of September 2011. In their PT (Physical Training) Attires, the cadets got ready for the UP ROTC’s number one game: Rollerball. Before all the excitement starts, the cadets need to be briefed first. Thus, the Alpha Company is separated from the Bravo Company and both are oriented with the mechanics of the game. The rules of the game are explained with the help of the Cadet Officers including CCpt Gelline Joyce U Vargas ,1Cl, CCpt Ryan Kristofer I Arana ,1Cl, and CCpt Jathniel R Canar ,1Cl.

Basically, Rollerball is all about scoring a point by getting the ball into the opponent’s tire. Although this sounds simple, the players would have to go through flying bodies, tackling opponents and also flying grass.

After the orientation, the Corps is then divided into three: the 2 platoons of the Alpha Company (headed by C2Lt King Aaron I Cruz ,2Cl and C2Lt Nicole Jae M Rodriguez ,2Cl), the 2 platoons of the Bravo Company plus the UP Manila students (headed by C2Lt Daniel Manuel O Macrohon, Jr. ,2Cl and C2Lt Samuel Clark Thadeus V Castro ,2Cl), and the COCs (Cadet Officer Candidates) (headed by Vgd Glenn Llamador). It is then explained that whosoever wins the game will earn bragging rights via the Kampilan where the names of all the previous Corps Commanders of the UP Corps of Cadets are engraved.

The games are between the males of the Alpha Company and the Bravo Company, the females of the Alpha Company and the Bravo Company, the male All-Stars of each company versus the male COCs, and the female All-Stars of each company versus the female COCs. In the end, after all the blood and sweat, the female COCs win, with the male COCs tying with the male All-Stars.

After the Rollerball game, the Alpha Company and Bravo Company are then instructed to go back to Classroom 1 and the Firing Range respectively, after they change back into their T-Maong Attires  for a lecture on Firing Techniques by the Cadet Officers including CCpt Gelline Joyce U Vargas ,1Cl and C2Lt King Aaron I Cruz ,2Cl. Ammunition Detail, Range Commands, and Firing Positions were among those discussed in the lecture. Another lecture on the Code of Ethics of the AFP was discussed by C2Lt Daniel Manuel O Macrohon, Jr, 2Cl. The AFP Core Values and Characteristics and the RAATI were among those discussed in the lecture.

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