By Kristine Felva P. Licup
the cimafrancaball field will be turned into a 6,000-meter rubberized track through donations by the families of Julio Sy, Sr. and Col. Roman Yap.
Vice-president for Development Jane Annette Belarmino said an estimated budget of P30 million will be allocated for the construction of the six-lane athletic track made of rubber granules certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations, which is a world governing body for track and field.
She added that the two families have started talks of the renovation during the inauguration of the Roman T. Yap Hall at the ball field last Aug. 25, 2012.
Although construction has not yet started, Belarmino said the university hopes to have the track ready in time for this year’s Founders celebration.
She also said the Sy and Yap families have issued, along with their donations, “easy” conditions which are to be followed by the university.
They include prohibiting the cutting down of trees in the ball field area and constructing rest rooms for men and women.
Julio Sy, Sr. was a Philippine business magnate while Col. Roman Yap was the chairman emeritus of the Silliman’s Board of Trustees. Both are among the university’s notable alumni.
Meanwhile, Silliman students, who are beneficiaries of the project, expressed their enthusiasm over the renovation plans.
Jannica Papelleras, fourth year mass communication student and varsity basketball player, said the improvement would be an advantage for varsity players.
“The track team can train better. Students who want to go jogging can also do it in the Cimafranca ball field instead of the Perdices Oval,” she said.
Second year education student and track team member Winston Que said the rubberized track will be a big help for him and his teammates.
“We can train under all kinds of weather We can also save money since we do not have to pay for anything unlike if we do training at the Perdices Oval,” said Que.