Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Soul Cake by STING
We always have different tales to tell during Christmas and usually the ones that are very dear to us are the ones that involved lots of people, merry making, and at times good deeds. Back in 1987 I was a College freshman in the Ateneo and was into many groups, but the group that I enjoyed being with are my Days with the Lord brothers who invited me to join a Choir organized by the one and only Basil Valdez. Basil was already past his prime then but he was still a top celebrity and respected one at that. Owing to the fact that he also joined the Days with the Lord back in his time he made this group to help finance a scholarship program he set up. He had 26 scholars then as I remember. I honestly cannot remember all the members of the 1987 group but let me try to list some names. Sam Baharias, Ed Valmorida, Glenn Bernardo, Bogey Cabrera, John Gwynn, Gerry Sison, Teody Alcantara, Mon Santana, Cesar Santana, Arnie Bohol, Glenn Pantig, Jed Pantig, Neil Bernardo, and most importantly our choir master who taught us Ed Nepomuceno. The group sang for prominent families namely Jose Mari Chan, the late Helen Vela and the megastar Sharon Cuneta. We raised around 117k total for the project.
Hey Ho Nobody Home
As I reflect and miss those great times I chanced upon this video by Sting from one of the songs taught to us. It is only now that I know that one of the songs we sang then was an Irish song. My only regret is not having pictures of the many happy moments we shared during that Christmas, most probably one of the happiest I have ever had.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The STI College Olympians Team A had two key players missing in their line-up, Center Elmer Labis who has pneumonia and Swingman Abby Chavez who left early for the Christmas season. Left with nine players to rotate, that did not bother the Olympians as they battled tooth and nail but lost steam in the end game losing to Emilio Aguinaldo College in overtime 78 - 80. The Olympians battled back to several deficits with the most at 10 as they shut down the Generals with their vaunted pressure defense and even had a chance to win until forward Jasper Melano missed a game winner in regulation.
In overtime, Melano missed two free throws with 20 seconds left and the Generals ahead by five. Eric Sanchez drained a three pointer to put the Olympians within two 78 – 80 with six seconds left but that proved to be the final stand of the Olympians. With two vital cogs of the team not playing and the leading scorer fouled out, the Olympians showed that a loss like this can also be a victory in terms of what they have discovered and accomplished.
In the other game of the Olympians, the efforts of Jerald Bautista and Rama Krisna Morales were not enough to give the Olympians headway as the National University Bulldogs beat the Olympians 76-52. The team was complete and the veterans were raring to go.
This is quite exciting. The veterans showed that they can compete while the second team also showed that they have what it takes to relieve the veterans and sustain the run of the main men. Both teams take a breather for the Christmas vacation and FMC 3 resumes on January 8, 2011.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This time around it was the girls who avenged the boys from their fall from grace. Beatrix Dado a 19 year old third year BS Information Technology student from STI College Quezon Avenue led the STI College Olympians Billiards team as she thwarted all who opposed to win the Gold medal in the 9 Ball category. She then teamed up with Diane Tapang, an 18 year old 2nd year BS HRM student from STI College Caloocan, to win the Gold in the 8 – ball doubles category. Diane eventually settled for the silver in the 10-Ball category.
The STI College Olympians Billiards Team
The STI College Billiards team is just one of the five new sports that STI College has just started in time for the 10th NAASCU second semester competition. The tryouts started last November with a lot of students joining and eventually the winners from that tryouts came out to represent the network. The NAASCU is the only league that has Billiards as one of its sports. It is the only league that allows this and because of this a national students billiards league was formed and was named the Billiards League.
A focused Bea Dado sinks the 9 Ball
Leading the men in the competition is Alexander Aquino a 1st year HRS student from STI College Caloocan who was the top gun after the tryouts. Coming in second is Ryan Torres a 20 year old 2nd year DCET student from STI College Quezon Ave. Aquino placed 5th in the 10-Ball competition while Torres was also 5th in the 9Ball competition. Rounding out the team is the duo from STI College Global City, Basketball Hotshot Norman Ihalas and Joebert Campos a 21 year old BSIT student. Ihalas and Campos placed 6th in the 8 ball doubles competition.
Alex Aquino of STI College Caloocan
This is the 3rd year that the NAASCU has a billiards tournament and this is the first time STI joined the league. In the Men’s Division AMACU won the 8 Ball and 9 Ball title while Billiards League leader St. Clare College won the 9 ball tourney. The other teams that participated were Our Lady of Fatima, Centro Escolar University, University of Makati, University of Manila and Informatics. Congratulations to the STI College Olympians Billiards team for bringing honor to STI.
Diane Tapang teams with Dado for the 8-Ball Gold
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Quick trivia. Who is this Blue Eagle who scored 26 points last year in Game 2 of the PCCL against FEU to give the Eagles another day to live and then scored 24 points in the 2010 PCCL to give the Blue Eagles its 3rd PCCL Title. The answer, no other than 3rd year forward Nico Salva. Salva was voted as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Most Valuable Player as he willed the Ateneo Blue Eagles to a 73 – 67 game 3 win against the Adamson Soaring Falcons to give the Katipunan based Blue Eagles their third PCCL Title, the most by any school. Kirk Long led the Eagles with 25 points while graduating guard Eric Salamat who scored 24 game 2 points added 7 points in his last game as a Blue Eagle. Congratulations to the Blue Eagles for another title, see you again next year!
Long 25, Salva 24, Golla 7, Salamat 7, Austria 5, Monfort 3, Escueta 2, Chua 0, Erram 0, Gonzaga 0, Tiongson 0, dela Cruz 0.
Camson 15, Colina 13, Alvarez 12, Nuyles 11, Manyara 6, Cañada 4, Lozada 3, Brondial 2, Stinnett 1, Etrone 0, Galinato 0, Cabrera 0.
Quarter scoring: 14-13, 27-33, 55-44, 73-67.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Back when I was in College I was a member of the Blue Babble Battalion of the Ateneo. The group was primarily there to provide cheers and support to the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Fast forward to 2010, I am now managing the STI College Pep Squad, a group of 30 young determined and spirited individuals who performed their hearts out to provide pride to the school they love. Cheering has evolved through the years from students who are just in the stands shouting, cheering and chanting are now dancing, tossing and back flipping.
The Olympians take the court
Knowing fully well that the new generation of cheer leaders are more athletic and in good physical condition made me ponder if it would have been my norm during my time. It used to give me laughs whenever I remembered taking the court to lead the Ateneo gallery into cheers. I would have to say that if given the chance I would n’t make it past the tryouts today with the big demands a male cheer leader has to go to. But cheer leading and cheer dancing are two different things and in my time leading the cheers was closest to my heart.
That is why I am proud of my STI College Pep Squad. From a group of newbies last year who practiced for one month and landed tied for sixth the scrappy group just performed what they can do and did not force things that they cannot do. No back flips, no scorpion moves and other complicated stunts that other schools do with the greatest of ease. This year it was a bit different. After seeing the team perform I was amazed with the improvements by the cheer dancers which was the fruit of their more than 5 months training. The stunts were better, the base was firmer, the arabesque, scorpion and other formations were nailed and the dance was more coordinated with each and everyone showing immense confidence in their moves.
The team was a point away from getting fourth place as St Clare College scored 150.5 points while the STI team got 150 which was good for fifth place, a modest target and more importantly it was the target that the team aspired for. Much more than that were the technical deductions which was a mere 4.5 points. This gets me more excited and I would just like to say that I am proud of my pep team and I hope that we will share more sacrifices and triumphs next school year. GO STI College Olympians you did us proud.