With the theme: “Positioning Higher Education for Strategic Global Transformations through Sports, Culture and the Arts", the CARASUC athletic games and culture and the arts was officially opened on November 11, 2018 at Kalinga Astrodome.
The program started with a parade which was participated by the delegates from the six participating SUCs form CAR. The athletes, coaches, personnel and officials of the different participating SUCs in the region were welcome by Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang, the president of Kaling State University, the host university, together with Mayor Ferdinand B. Tubban who was represented by the City Administrator and Mr. James Edduba, the Vice Governor of the host province. Inspirational messages were given by Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang, and Governor Jocel C. Baac.
Mr. Jean Claude Kitong Saclag, the guest speaker for the CARASUC 2018 is a member of the Wushu Philippine Team who represented the Country in the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia. He was a gold medalist in the 2014 Jakarta Senda World Cup, Silver Medalist in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and Bronze Medalist in the 2013 Kuala Lumpur Wushu World Cup. The native of Lubuagan, Kalinga encouraged the athletes by sharing his experiences when he began competing in the field of martial arts wherein he emphasized discipline. He challenged the athletes and said that, “Admit it, everybody wants to win simply because we are competitors. Unfortunately, there is only one champion in every game, haan met mabalin amin ket mangabak iti 1st place. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose; so as an athlete, we need to give our all to avoid regret to whatever the result is. So as long as you did your best and did it right, you are the winner.”
The banners of the participating SUCs were unfurled by the candidates for the Mr and Ms. CARASUC 2018. It was followed by the lighting of the torch by the athletes of the different participating SUCs wherein Mr. Charlie Guzman was the representative of MPSPC. The program ended with the oath of amateurism led by Jay Mar Palista, a gold medalist of the pencak silat during the SCUAA 2018. /Documentation Committee