The PUA Fun Night saw a new format during this year's midyear convention in Cagayan de Oro. The previously decked cards for poker with their suits of kings, queens and jacks have been replaced with new ones. The cards now sport numbers on a grid of 25. BINGO! You guessed it.
The event which has been sponsored by Astellas these past years was held at the Aqua Seafood restaurant, which is just about an 8 minute walk from the Mallberry Suites - the official PUA Convention site. The evening's activities started off with dinner and music by the local band. A little later in the evening, the present PUA president, Dr. Raul Andutan graced the event with his presence, giving a warm message of welcome to the newly arrived delegates and their families on their first night in the City of Golden Friendship.
Hosted by Astellas' big men, Larry Utitco and Raoul Franco, the duo did a fine job of calling out the drawn balls - not without their witty quips and comical side comments. The participants were also given a chance to increase the chances of bagging one of the major prizes at stake - an HP mini netbook and a Samsung Galaxy tablet - by allowing them to purchase additional game 3 and game 6 cards. There were 6 games in total, each having the players form more than just a single line to win one of the many prizes, which also included an 8G iPod Touch, a Philips iPod dock and a pair of Smart headphones. The lucky ones who were able to form patterns like an S, an A, a C and completely block out all their numbers included Dr. Nelson Patron, Dr. Eli Madrona, Dr. Alfredo Uy, Jr., Dr. Coco Agustin, Prince Vallejos, Dr. Glenn Maclang
The PUA Fun Night, indeed, lived up to its name and everyone went home with a little wish that next year, hopefully, they'd be able to shout out followed by a policeman's whistle - BINGO!