December 8, 2023


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STUDENT-athletes at Sisters of Mary Schools (SMS) Boystown and Girls now have a broader horizon when they leave the school for a college education.


The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates of SMS Boys and Girls town can now look forward to receiving an athletic grant from one of the top-ranked universities in the country – the Lyceum of the Philippines University.


LPU Pirates head coach and PBA’s Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters assistant Topex Robinson and Lyceum assistant athletic director Allan Paul Layco visited the SMS Boystown in Tungkop, Minglanilla this morning to talk about the academic program of the Intramuros-based university, and to forge partnership with the two SMS campuses in Cebu for its beneficiaries’ continued educational program through sports.


Pirates at Boystown. Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates head coach Topex Robinson (white shirt) teach defense skills to the 12-U and 16-U basketball teams of Sisters of Mary School Boystown yesterday as part of its visit. SMS and LPU forged a partnership for future sports scholarship to the former’s student-athletes. (Contributed Photo by Van Halen Parmis)


LPU Pirate coach Topex Robinson walks through with the defense skills he imparted with the SMS Boystown basketball players.


SMS Local Superior Sister Emelan Lee (center) pose for prosperity photo with LPU Pirates head coach Topex Robinson (2nd from right) and Lyceum assistant athletic director Allan Paul Layco (2nd from left) together with SMS Boystown athletic director Van Halen Parmis (right) and Brando Velasquez (left) of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission.


“The visit is all about LPU forging partnership with the (SMS) Boystown and Girlstown. Opening (up) opportunities to the students to continue their college education at LPU through sports. Coach Topex was amazed upon seeing the school and the discipline the students have practiced. Currently, coach Topex is teaching the (12-under and 16-under) basketball team of Boystown some (full court) trapping and half-court defense,” SMS athletic director Van Halen Parmis told iNews.Ph.


 One of the brightest products of the SMS Boystown sports program is the long and triple jumper Eglyn Selgas, who is now a member of the University of San Carlos Athletics Team. He won the gold medal in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) long and triple jump competitions last year and will be representing Cebu PRISAA to the national meet in May.


“As of now we have an alumnus who is now a member of the USC Athletics team. Eglyn Sedlas, a jumper, is a product of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) grassroots sports development program for SMS Boystown. Nurtured under the watchful eyes of coach Francis Berezo. Maybe because of this, LPU has decided to give our beneficiaries the chance to compete and study in Manila,” Parmis continued.
Receiving the Lyceum visitors were Sister Emelan Lee, the Local Superior of SMS Boystown, Parmis and Capitol sports department head Brando Velasquez who is representing the CPSC.

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