Sunday, May 24, 2015

STI holds its first National Basketball Tournament

Favored to win it all - STI College Santa Rosa

The first STI National Basketball Tournament National Finals will commence on May 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2015 at the STI College Cubao Gym to seek out the best basketball team in STI College. The National Finals will feature six teams from Luzon and one each from the Visayas and Mindanao for a total of eight teams that will have the chance to be crowned STI’s best. The first round elimination knock-out phase started last April 9, 2015 with thirty four teams in Luzon, six teams in the Visayas region and ten more in Mindanao for a total of fifty teams that played knock-out games against different STI campuses near their vicinity.  Come the second round only 16 teams remained in Luzon while two and four remained in the Visayas and Mindanao region. Another set of knock out matches saw the eight remaining teams qualify to this now yearly basketball tournament.

STI College Santa Rosa's double-double machine
Jan Almoro on the offense

Leading the charge is five-time STI Basketball Showdown champion STI College Santa Rosa. The Laguna based champions have an intact line-up and will rely mostly on last year’s MVP Jan Almoro and Mythical 5 Selectees Addis Lizen, Norbert Pena and Raul Guerrero. Besides the four veterans, Center Dan Mamaed will still man the paint while point guard John Brianth Ursua and outside sniper June Aliparo are the new scorers that will be giving nightmares to opposing teams. In their game against STI College Marikina, Aliparo outscored the whole Marikina team 29 – 26 after three quarters. STI College Santa Rosa is a well-oiled machine that is ready to lay their claim as the best STI College Basketball team in the country. Still calling the shots for the Santa Rosa team is multi-titled coach Leo Callado.
Aries Estanislao of STI College Balagtas scores off a jumper

Out to give the Santa Rosa team a run for their money are three teams that they beat in their 5 year reign as Luzon Champs – STI College Balagtas, STI College Malolos and STI College Global City.   After a one year hiatus in the STI Basketball showdown, STI College Balagtas comes back with a strong showing in the elimination round that gave them a second seeding. Leading their team are their run and gun trio of Angelito Oraye, John Paul San Pedro and Kevin Miranda who are recipients of the assists of second year guard David Guhiting. The Bulacan based Balagtas cagers rely on their signature pressure defense and are always on the run specially when defensive specialist Aries Estanislao swat away shots or collars rebounds that ignites their fastbreaks and scores points easily.  Long-time Coach Carlo Tan is still at the helm as head Coach of STI College Balagtas.

Both 6'5 tall, John Victoria (STI College Malolos) 
and Elmer Labis (STI College Global City) 
are the giants of the tournament

The STI College Malolos team was once the young strong team that Santa Rosa and Balagtas used to push around. Now after four years of seasoning in the STI Basketball showdown the battle tested Bulakenyos are back for another run at the title. Leading their team is Coach Chit Jimenez’s son Carlo Jimenez who is the heart and soul of this team. Also providing support for Jimenez is the inside presence of Jovito Quetua and John Victoria. The twin towers provide a defensive nightmare to opposing schools. Wingmen Sherwin Sayo and Arche Salo also provide instant offense when needed while veterans Dave Cruz and Ralph Emerson Bonifacio are there to provide additional muscle to the team. The Malolos squad are methodical and hard to beat once their running game gets going.

Jim Lontoc of STI College Global City shows some defense

Last year, the STI College Global City squad qualified for the STI Basketball showdown finals and held their own against STI College Santa Rosa in the 2nd game of the finals.  With another year of experience on their belt, the Global City squad is out for revenge as former Junior Olympians Jim Lontoc, Jansen Pangilinan and Arjay Napenas have found notable support through point guard King Carlos, Mike Sampurna and the hulking Elmer Labis whose one and done stint at the Nationals is a sight to behold.  Calling the shots now for the Global City team is new coach Paul Rosales.

Allen Abes of STI College Ortigas-Cainta (ORCA) on the drive

Two teams surprised the favorites as they qualified to the national finals with their sheer will to win and speedy plays. STI College Ortigas-Cainta and STI College Dasmarinas are overachieving at this point but will never back down from a good fight. Both teams play a similar fast game and are pesky on the defense.  STI College ORCA relies on second year veteran Allen Abes and his new group of speedsters Jeffrey Estabillo, Jayson Alvarado, Van Dham Locsin and  Richard Palanca press like there is no tomorrow. Their resilience eventually nets them points off turnovers.

The STI College Dasmariñas defense

Also in the same mold is STI College Dasmarinas. Built on the offensive prowess of their two guards Rjay Villaruz and Rhaygie Matsuo, the rest of the team feeds off each other’s will to win. Notable contributors are point guard John Dones and undersized centers Mark Domingo and Arnel Ortiz.  The Cavite based cagers are masters of taking advantage of defensive lapses of their opponents which they did in the elimination rounds.

The Visayas Champions - STI WNU

The multi-titled Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Education Association (NOPSSCEA) champions in Bacolod, the STI West Negros University team will test the mettle of Luzon and Mindanao squads as they battle for prestige and honor in this first staging of the STI National Basketball tournament. Leading the way for the Visayas champions are players who have basketball names of legends - Jhan Mchale Nermal, and Kobe Bryan Vizcarra. Dimunitive point guard Renz Solomon  and Kraniel Villoria ably support the Visayas stars who are in for a good fight against the Luzon champions.

Venue of the National Finals- STI College Cubao Gym

The last team that made it to the finals is South Cotabato’s STI College Koronadal that beat former Mindanao champion STI College Cagayan de Oro in overtime. STI College Koronadal have a strong five in Elmer Palmes Jr. Jayson Estares, Glenn Sulit, Kenneth Libdan and Bernard Caguisano. How the five and their bench will respond against the Luzon teams will be known in this national tournament.

Addis Lizen collars a rebound

Who will be crowned as the first champions of the STI National Basketball Tournament. The eight teams are bracketed in two groups  Group A being led by STI College Santa Rosa, STI College Dasmarinas, STI College Malolos and STI West Negros University. Group B on the other hand will be led by STI College Balagtas, STI College Ortigas-Cainta, STI College Global City and STI College Koronadal. Each group will play a one round-robin format from May 26 to May 28, 2015 with the top team from each group qualifying for the Championship game on May 29, 2015. All games will be played at the STI College Cubao gym. Who will be this year’s STI National Basketball Tournament National Champion? See you at the games.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

321 Ateneo Bonfire

This is the fourth straight bonfire that I am one of the hosts

The Ateneo Blue Eaglets, Season 77 Juniors Basketball Champions

Asst Coach Jon Jacinto interviewing the players

Coach Joe Silva gives his boys all the Glory for the win

Interviewing the Juniors Finals MVP who came from the AHS prom 

The Ateneo High School Swimming Team 
10-peat Champions

The Ateneo High School Judo Team 
Back to Back Champions

The Blue Babble Battalion
The Champion Blue Tankers take the stage 

Ateneo Seniors Baseball Team
Three-Peat Champions

Together with Ateneo Men's Volleyball team Coach Oliver Almadro

UAAP Season 77 Men's Volleyball Finals MVP Ish Polvorosa

Rex Intal talks about the UAAP season

Come Season 79, this towering recruit will man the middle so do watch out

Back to Back UAAP MVP Mark Espejo shares his thoughts of their recent conquest

That's me urging Coach Tai to dance

One of my fave players Amy Ahomiro poses with me

Graduating Libero Den Den Lazaro laughs at her answer to my question

The Season 77 Women's Volleyball Season and Finals MVPs

The graduating players thanking their supporters

Aeriel Patnongon - laughing out loud

Coach Tai " I will not stay for one year, I will stay for five years!

Amy and Den den taking pictures of the mamoth bonfire crowd 

Mary for you

Taking a pic with the 
biggest star of the night

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

20th STI NYC holds final run in Cebu City

The CAP CEBU Auditorium at the historic Osmeña Blvd was once again the venue of the Cebu NYC. 

Yours truly preparing for the last leg of the 20th STI NYC 

 The Students of STI College Cebu interpret the Invocation Hymn

STI College Cebu's Becky Ancheta welcomes delegates from STI Calbayog, Dumaguete, Maasin and Surigao to the 20th STI NYC. 

Asian Institute of Tourism's Paolo Fresnoza starts the ball rolling by discussing the various trends in the Tourism and Hospitality Management Industry. 

CA1 President Alma Cabagay, a former international stewardess, discusses the importance of professional imaging. 

Lay Preacher and entrepreneur, Arun Gogna, talks about how to translate your ideas into cash.

Indie Game Developer Marnielle Estrada shares to STI students how to earn in the Mobile Applications Industry.

Dr. Ricky Bunag, gives STIrers various platforms on how to develop Mobile Applications.

Orange Apps CEO Gian Javelona advises students to invest in themselves.

 STI College Cebu students dance to an intermission number.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

20th STI NYC in the City of Golden Friendship - CDO

Yours truly with the Tourism and Hospitality Management students of
STI College Cagayan de Oro

The Invocation hymn 
as performed by 
the STI College CDO Performing Arts group 
led by Mr. Dindo Labis

STI College CDO's Deputy School Administrator,
Mr. Mario  Malferrari Jr.,  
welcomes delegates from 
STI College Pagadian, Dipolog, Iligan, Malaybalay, Valencia and the host school STI College CDO.

Mr. Paolo Fresnoza, Associate Professor II from the Asian Institute of Tourism, gave STI students useful information and tips on the latest trends in the Service industry.

“The Way we Dress affects the Way we Think, Feel and Act” this was one of the important messages of Ms. Alma Cabagay on her talk

Mr. Velden Lim tells STIers to "Live Deliberately" in order for them to be successful in their field

Eng. Ricky Bunag inspires STIers in Mindanao as he tells them the story of his STI students who are now successful in the field of ICT.

Gian Javelona tells STIers that they are very lucky to have conventions like the NYC where they can learn lots of things specially those related to their field of study. 

Indie Mobile App developer Marnielle Estrada shows STI students the games he made and the money involved in making Mobile Apps.