UOG’s Award Ceremony Presented by PNC’s Leo Payumo as the Keynote Speaker


University of Guam’s athletes were honored with an awards ceremony earlier this week, where PNC’s very own Sports Guy – Leo Payumo was present as a keynote speaker.

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Last night, the University of Guam Triton Athletics held its student-athlete awards ceremony. The award ceremony, which was star-wars themed, sought to honor UOG’s athletes who excelled in best offense, defense, most valuable player, sportsmanship, and student-athlete of the year.

At the ceremony, Dr. Thomas Krise, President of the University of Guam, spoke about the significance of UOG’s athletic program; as he said, sports participation encourages the values of togetherness and commitment and has aided individuals to emerge from the impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

Shortly after Dr. Krise’s sentiments, the Dean of enrollment management and student success, Dr. Lawrence, spoke about the UOG’s mission to equip its students with the tools to apply what they learned from the university and give back to the community.

Following Dr. Lawrence, Triton Athletics Director Doug Palmer revisited the significance of student athletics and the many ways it benefits participants. Palmer Stated,  “So you really do develop life-long friendships…Another thing that sports does for you-it really helps your resume.”

Also present at the ceremony was keynote speaker and PNC’s very own sports director, Leo Payumo, who spoke about his admiration for sports and his appreciation for Guam’s local athletes.

Payumo talked about his early interest in sports during the mid-70s as he watched his uncle, who was a top pitcher, play fast-pitch softball. From there, Payumo pursued his passion for sports and is presently a basketball official, radio host, and, as previously mentioned, PNC’s sports director.

Payumo added, “I wanna say, whether it’s basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, or even e-sports, BIBA UOG Triton athletics!”

Destiny Cruz, PNC News First.

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.