AMICI Mercantile Inc. and THERMOVAR Pipes opened its Invitational Sports Fest 2011 in July 2, 2011 in the Cuneta Astrodome. Twenty-seven teams from the construction, engineering and service industry, including the host teams, AMICI and THERMOVAR completed the final list of basketball and badminton teams.
The opening ceremony started with a prayer and the national anthem. This was immediately followed by the Parade Of Teams. PBA superstars Kenneth Duremdes and Gerard Francisco graced the Opening Ceremony and surprisingly stayed longer than expected, much to the delight of the guests and players. During the intermission, an acrobatic number by the PLP Pep Squad brought back memories of UAAP and NCAA Opening Ceremonies.
Sexy and “funny” entertainer/comedienne Rufa Mi wowed the crowd with her masterful show hosting and punch lines. She hosted the Q and A portion for the Best Muse contest and the Blast Cheer Contest. These drew much laughter and cheers from the crowd. JSR Pascals Team pulled the biggest surprise of the show, and won the Blast Cheer by a creative “non-entry” cheer (?) of “wala! wala,! wala!” at the bleacher when asked by Rufa if they have prepared their own blast cheer. Hotel SOGO's Muse (Red Banner) won the Best Muse Award. AMICI HEATers' player and over-all Games Coordinator Mike Tayo ran the torch for the Traditional Torch Run followed by the traditional Oath of Sportsmanship led by one of the players of Hotel SOGO All Star Team.
The opening basketball games for the afternoon were determined through drawing of lots. The successful opening ceremony drew admiration and enjoyment from representatives of the participating teams despite “comedy of errors” and miscues.