UB unveils new kiddie pool and renovated Olympic-size swimming facility

Promoting wellness across all age groups, the University of Bohol has expanded its existing sports facilities with the addition of a new 25-meter kiddie pool adjacent to its newly renovated Olympic-size swimming pool at the Victoriano B. Tirol, Jr. (VBT Jr.) Aquatic Center, located within the Victoriano D. Tirol Advanced Learning Center (VDT ALC) Campus in Taloto District, Tagbilaran City.

The new 25-meter kiddie pool

The newly renovated Olympic-size swimming pool with additional bleachers.

The formal inauguration of the two aquatic facilities occurred on April 5, 2024 , at the VBT Jr. Aquatic Center. Pastor Manuel Lupio I, officiating minister, presided over the dedication and blessing of the aquatic facilities alongside UB President Victoriano B. Tirol, III. The event drew notable personalities from the City Government of Tagbilaran, including Former City Mayor and Chief of Staff John Geesnel “Baba” Yap, who represented City Mayor Jane Yap. Also in attendance were Mr. Melvin Salinasal and Kelvin John Bongato of the Provincial Youth Development Office, Atty. Marlumina Teh, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rian Marco Tirol, former team captain of the UB Rockets Swimming Team and current captain of FAST Ateneo Swimming Team and SEA Games Medalist, along with College Deans, Department Heads, parents, and students.

During his address, UB President Dr. Victoriano B. Tirol, III, emphasized that this recent development underscores the university’s commitment to nurturing young talent, recognizing the significance of starting swimming education from an early stage. Over time, the VBT Jr. Olympic-size swimming pool has become a hub for various local, national, and international swimming competitions, enhancing Bohol’s reputation for producing top-tier swimmers who bring pride and honor to the island province, city, and university.

Much like its larger counterpart, the new kiddie pool offers amenities such as shower rooms, locker rooms, and the expertise of swimming instructors and lifeguards, ensuring the safety and comfort of all patrons. Both aquatic facilities are conveniently situated adjacent to the VBT Jr. Sports Complex within VDT ALC campus.

A group pose featuring UB school administrators , selected swimmers, and invited guests
from the City Government of Tagbilaran and the Province of Bohol.

The official launch of the two swimming facilities was hosted by Mr. James Emmanuel Tabigue, Head of the Marketing and Special Projects Department.

Written by: Leo Armando B. Boncales