Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Heartstrong - an underdog story!

The UAAP Season 76
Women's Volleyball Champion
The Ateneo Lady Eagles

DEJAVU? Ginebra Barangay Kings and Gilas Pilipinas star point guard LA Tenorio must have said that while watching the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles beat the De La Salle University Lady Spikers 25 – 23, 26 – 24, 25 – 21 in game 4 of the UAAP Season 76  Women’s Volleyball Championship enroute to the school’s  first UAAP Volleyball title.  For those who have been following the Lady Eagles and know their story, there are so many similarities of that 2002 UAAP Men’s Basketball team with the Lady Eagles although this time, the Women’s team just raised the bar higher.

LA and Chesca Tenorio - Dejavu?

The 2002 Blue Eagles were coming off a finals loss to the Green Archers the previous season – the first and only loss of the Ateneo to De La Salle in the UAAP Men’s Basketball finals. Although there were high hopes to get back to the finals the problems of the Blue Eagles piled up one by one, first was the team’s inability to adjust to the system brought in by first year coach Joel Banal. At one time in the season the team was at 4 wins and 5 losses and to make matters worse LA Tenorio got injured which made him miss 5 games.  The team eventually regrouped and won their next eight games. In those wins the Blue Eagles beat the four time defending champion DLSU Green Archers who were 13 – 0 at that time. The Blue Eagles also fought back to beat the favored UE Red Warriors led by James Yap as the team in Blue beat them twice which included the historic shot of Gec Chia. Game 1 of the finals went to Ateneo, DLSU took game 2 and the Blue Eagles went on to end a 14 year title drought with a convincing game 3 victory.


Yes you can say Dejavu but the Lady Eagles even raised an even higher bar this time around. Not only did they have a new coach who came all the way from Thailand but they were faced with a lot of chemistry problems as their coach was out for two weeks during the season to attend to some personal matters.  Adding four rookies to the team would mean starting all over again and their modest goal was a final four appearance.  To add to their woes, Ana Gopico a vital piece in the Blue Eagles frontline  got injured and was out for the season.  The Lady Eagles eventually finished third after the eliminations and have already reached their goal of making it to the final four. Meanwhile, the DLSU Lady Spikers swept the eliminations and were seeded directly to the finals with a thrice to beat advantage.


After making the elimination round their training ground the improbable began to happen – the Lady Eagles metamorphosed to another team, a team we did not see in the eliminations. While the DLSU Lady Spikers were waiting for their finals opponent the Lady Eagles went to work by dispatching the Adamson Lady Falcons, a team that they barely beat in their last outing, in three straight sets. After that game, the Lady Eagles were up against the tall Santiago sisters whose imposing frontline was so intimidating that the Lady Eagles lost to them in straight sets in their elimination games. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, the ladies in  Blue and White thrived under pressure as they eventually negated their twice to beat advantage by ekeng out a close 25-17, 12-25, 31 – 29, 28-26 win! It was in this game that the whole country served notice to team Heartstrong as the ladies in Blue were all heart and all out as they ousted the heavily favored Lady Bulldogs 25 -22, 8- 25, 25-19, 25-22! 


From the improbable, the Lady Eagles this time did the impossible which was win three games against the four-peat seeking DLSU Lady Spikers.   The Lady Eagles won the first and third games 3-1 and 3-2 enroute to their historic 3 – 0 thrashing in Game 4 of the once mighty Lady Spikers.  Their weapon – strong hearts, unity and being Happy! Coach Anusorum Tai Bundit instilled something in the hearts of the Lady Eagles that made them exceed even their expectations. The Ateneo community were content in beating the Lady Spikers twice in the finals and ending their 30 game streak, but the never say die lady eagles had more steam in them to end the reign of the green machine and start their own.   Dejavu? If this happens again in the future we will gladly welcome it with open arms. Again congratulations to the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the UAAP Season 76  Women’s Volleyball team overcoming all the odds and becoming the first team to win three games against a team that swept the eliminations.  Congratulations also to Alyssa Valdez, for winning the season MVP, Finals MVP, the best scorer and best server. Den Den Lazaro - best digger and best receiver. Truly these ladies are on a class of their own. Go Ateneo One Big FIght!


thanks to Philip Sison, Mon Rubio and Arvin Lim for their wonderful photos

Saturday, March 8, 2014

19th STI NYC in Puerto Princesa Highlights

Hazel Ferrera 
of STI College Puerto Princesa
sings the Invocation Hymn

STI College Puerto Princesa's 
Deputy School Administrator
Mr. Rally Advincula 
Welcomes the delegates

Kenner Castro is this year's host
of the 19th STI NYC 
in Puerto Princesa

Mr. Spanky Enriquez talks about 
the 3 S's of Social Media, 
Style, Substance and Significance

STI College Puerto Princesa hearthrob Elry Abear 
sings a song in this 
intermission number

Mr. Sonnie Santos says
"Do unto others what you want
them to do unto you!"

The STI College Puerto Princesa dancers energize the crowd

Mr. Edwin Ebreo says that 
you have to seek out opportunities and not wait for them

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

19th STI NYC in NAGA Highlights

The STI Dance and 
Theatre Company 
of STI College Naga interpret
the Invocation Hymn

The Philippine Flag hoisted during the singing of the 
Philippine National Anthem

STIer's sing the National Anthem

Students of STI College Naga 
open the Bicol NYC
with a Social Media rendition 
of the song Jai Ho.

Here is the one of a kind ending 
to the Bicol NYC opening number

STI College Naga's 
Deputy School Administrator, 
Mr. Rusty Lagatic, 
Welcomes all delegates 
to the 19th STI NYC

Mr. Pau Suzara, 
STI College Naga's answer 
to Rico Blanco , 
is this year's host 
for the Bicol leg of 
the 19th STI NYC

Mr. Spanky Enriquez discusses the how fast Social Media has evolved

STI College Naga students have fun in this intermission number

Mr. Sonnie Santos says 
"Dare to be DIfferent!" 
to STiers in the Bicol Region

Danica Esplana & Sherwin Verona 
share their gift of music 
to the NYC delegates 
in this intermission number

Mr. Edwin Ebreo says 
"If you fail to plan, 
you plan to fail!"

Friday, February 28, 2014

19th STI NYC in Davao highlights

Mr. Allan Gonzales, 
STI College Davao's
Deputy SChool Administrator
Welcomes all delegates to 
the 19th STI NYC

Mr. Rommel Gestopa is 
once again the host of 
the 19th STI NYC Davao leg

Mr. Spanky Enriquez talks about being responsible netizens

Students from STI Tagum
sing a song for 
the intermission number

Mr. Sonnie Santos shares 
 "Keep your words sweet
for one day you will eat them!"

STI College Davao students perform in this intermission number

Mr. Edwin Ebreo says that 
"Failure is not the opposite of success but is a part of success!"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

19th STI NYC in Gensan Highlights

Ms. Alona Siarzo of 
STI College Gen. Santos 
sings the invocation hymn

Ms. Roda Cabuga, 
the Deputy School Administrator 
of STI College Gen. Santos, 
Welcomes all the delegates to the NYC

Ms. Eden Torrecampo 
of STI College Gen. Santos 
is the host of 
the STI NYC GenSan leg.

Mr. Spanky Enriquez tackles 
the latest issues about Social Media
 in the country

Ms. Jessa Morales 
of  STI College Koronadal 
makes the crowd roar 
with her song number

Mr. Sonnie Santos tells STIer's 
to use hashtags to add value 
and not just for fun

STIers from STI College Tacurong 
in a highly powered 
dance number

Mr. Edwin Ebreo looks for students 
who have good communication skills

STIers from  Gen. Santos 
wows the crowd with
their dance number

The Speakers and host lead
the singing of the STI Hymn

Friday, February 21, 2014

19th STI NYC in Cagayan de Oro City

Invocation Hymn by the STI Performing Arts of
 STI College Cagayan de Oro

Welcome Remarks by STI College CDO 
Senior School Administrator
Mr. Christopher Maque

Ms. Cham Sordevilla of STI Malaybay 
is this year's NYC host

 Mr. Spanky Enriquez showing STIers 
the influence of Social Media
"Social media is your media, 
Use it wisely, use it responsibly!"

A very rousing intermission number 
from a student of
STI College Pagadian

Mr. Sonnie Santos says 
" Use Social Media to add value to your lives!"

Another intermission number this time 
from the gorgeous students from STI Dipolog

Mr. Ricky Bunag asks every student 
to build their own "brand" online.

Students from STI Iligan show
 another brand of entertainment

STI College CDO's Performing Arts group 
give another energetic number