Manresa Days kick off with Ateneo Rodeo

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

STUDENTS from the top five agricultural universities and colleges in Northern Mindanao give out their best to showcase their rodeo skills during the Xavier Rodeo as part of the University’s College of Agriculture highlight known to many as the Manresa Days.

Woman holds on her lasso
CAGAYAN DE ORO. A woman tries to hold on to her lasso while a calf tries to get off. (Erwin M. Mascarinas)

Students from Central Mindanao University (CMU), Camiguin Polytecnic State College (CPSC), Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture (MOSCAT), Mindanao State University (MSU) and Xavier University (XU) competed in the rodeo event pushing their abilities and skills in bringing down cattle in the traditional way with the use of lasso or rope and their bare hands.

Bull fights back
CAGAYAN DE ORO. A student from Xavier University holds on tight to his lasso after a young bull hits and drags him to the ground in the Ateneo Rodeo during the Xavier University Manresa Days, August 23, 2014. (Erwin M. Mascarinas)

“This has been going on for the last 28 years, but there was a time that the rodeo was not pursued. This year, we featured the basic and beginner’s category and the open. Beginner’s composed of Xavier students, basically the 2nd year agriculture students as well as Devcom and Foodtech students. The open categories are for those who express to join the event as well as for visiting schools,” said Dr. Jun Gorre, coordinator for the rodeo events of the Manresa days.


Gorre explained the event might seem harsh for the animals by some groups, but assures the event is meant to teach and enhance skills for those poor farmers.

Bull jumps off ground
CAGAYAN DE ORO. A bull tries to jumps off the ground after being caught. (Erwin M. Mascarinas)

“We are teaching the technique in doing it the right way, but still with the boundaries of finding more way to lessen the stress toward the cows. We are showcasing that it can be handled this way if the farmer can’t afford the technology needed. This is not just a game, in the real world we have to administer vaccines, medicines, de-horning or castration; if they can’t afford expensive squeezer that cost millions for the small scale farmers, this is the last resort,” he said.

Most of the students expressed optimism and excitement during the event.

Althea Mae Corpuz Ragpala, a fourth year development communication student who represented team Bull-wa said the experience was something she enjoyed.

“It was tiring and energy draining, but as the games went on and it didn’t matter much, but it was the moments that mattered. The games were really fun; it builds up discipline and teaches us never to give up event when I got injured,” said Ragpala.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 24, 2014.


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