Green Batters rout UP to start Season 81 on a high note

Written by Rejean Cheska Erfe-Mejia and Jennifer Gwen Marie Serrano

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters commenced their road to redemption with a domination of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 12-2, in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The game began on a defensive note as the pitchers did their best to strikeout their opponents. As the Green Batters’ defensive plays came in, soon their offense followed with consecutive hits, giving them the upper hand for majority of the game in the first six innings. Eventually, mercy rule has been called in the seventh inning, 12-2, in favor of the Green and White.

Rookie Luis Miñana showed an impressive performance in his collegiate debut, tallying a total of six strikeouts throughout the six innings he played in.

Team captain Iggy Escaño was satisfied with the outcome for their first game of the season. “Our defense and pitching were strong throughout the game, which made us have a comfortable lead.” He added, “Offensively, we were able to pour on more runs to end the game early.” However, he also noted the team’s tendency to cool down late in the game. “Definitely, there is still room for improvement especially in the aspect where our offense started off strong but cooled down. We shouldn’t let that happen in the next games.”

Now at 1-0, the DLSU Green Batters look forward to maintaining their early momentum as they face the NU Bulldogs on Wednesday, February 20, 7 AM at the same venue.

DLSU Judokas miss podium, settle for fourth in UAAP Season 81 Judo

Written by: Trinity Matias and Jennifer Serrano

Day 1

The De La Salle University Green and Lady Judokas came prepared as they fought with pride and glory in their very own nest as the UAAP Season 81 Judo Meet was held in the 9th floor of Enrique Razon Sports Complex, last December 8 and 9.

For the first day of the competition, the men and women in green and white clinched 4 medals: 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze.

Green Judoka Ezra Malanos reached the finals of the -81kg category in the men’s division where he was up against Ateneo’s Henry Marguiles. In the end, Malanos secured a silver medal finish as Marguiles finished the match with an ippon. Meanwhile, in the -100kg category, two-time Half Heavyweight Champion Keith Reyes clashed against University of Santo Tomas’ George Kim in the battle for gold. Reyes fought hard to defend his crown, yet unfortunately, Kim pulled through and won the first place finish. Other Green Judokas who also battled on the first day of the meet were Lester De Guzman for the +100kg and Franco Maloles for the -90kg category.

For the Women’s Division, Lady Judoka Charmea Quelino won DLSU’s first gold medal in the competition. Quelino outlasted Almira Ruiz from UST in the finale of -57kg category. Clinching another medal for the Green and White was Lady Judoka Carmila Cadorna who won bronze in the -48kg category. Competing also for DLSU was Lady Judoka Maria Mikayla Yambao in the -52kg category.

Day 2

As the second day of the UAAP Judo Meet for Season 81 commenced on December 9, the eagerness and determination for a spot in the podium intensified for all teams, especially the DLSU Judokas.

The Lady Judokas battled their way into the grueling showdowns and pair-ups as Mary Tyler Brillo made her way to earn DLSU a bronze medal for the -78kg division alongside Khrisha Rotario UST. This adds to the achievements won by Camille Cadorna and Charmea Quelino from the first day, making the Lady Judokas earn 3 medals overall.

As for the Green Judokas, the event for the -55kg division ended with David Alexander Gordon placing first runner-up earning a silver medal as University of the Philippines’ Sean Panganiban bagged gold after the intense battle. For the -66kg division, on the other hand, DLSU’s very own Adrian Josef Perillo received a bronze medal as he shared the podium with Jeunesse Ong from UST. All in all, the Green Judokas were able to bag 4 medals for the tournament.

Overall, the DLSU Judokas garnered seven medals: 1 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze making them clinch the third runners-up for both the men’s and women’s division. With their achievements and determination, this served as a humbling experience as well as a reason for them to work harder than ever for the next season.

ICYMI: Green Archers give up 3rd spot to the UP Fighting Maroons

Written by: Maggie Mariano 

It was a tough game for the De La Salle University Green Archers as they suffered a crucial loss against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 97-81, yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. A remarkable feat for the Diliman team, the win granted them a spot in the Final Four for the first time since 1997.

The two teams showed an aggressive effort with counter-attacks after each basket, the close game did not show any sign of backing down. The Green Archers started off with a fiery streak from Aljun Melecio, who was able to lead the team to a 22-17 lead towards the end of the first quarter.

However, the Fighting Maroons sped up the pace and things took a turn for the DLSU players. The Gomez De Liano brothers powered through and delivered 19 points from Juan and 8 points from Javi, building up a 41-25 lead in the second quarter. Proving to be a key player, Juan Gomez De Liano contributed continuous three-pointers alongside Bright Akhuetie. By then, it was clear that DLSU was struggling; with 11 turnovers by the end of the second quarter, the Taft-squad had given away 16 points through unforced errors.

In the second half, UP’s explosive performance did not disappoint. Despite efforts from La Salle players Justine Baltazar, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut to tighten the 20-point gap, the lead UP had put on in the first half proved difficult to the Green Archers. The third quarter, ending at 75-54, had the Archers grappling with the hopes of coming close to the UP team.

The fire in the Gomez De Liano brothers seemed to be far from dying down, delivering three-pointers one after the other. The determination to end the 21-year playoff drought brought exceptional results, as the game closed at a staggering 16-point lead, 97-81. UP now stands at 8-6, the team’s best record since their last appearance at the Final Four.

Justine Baltazar capped off the game with 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Aljun Melecio scored 19 points, six assists and three rebounds. Had DLSU won the game, the No. 3 spot would have been secured by the Archers, as their fate will now be dependent on the match between the AdU Soaring Falcons and the FEU Tamaraws on Sunday, November 18. A win by FEU will require a face off with La Salle to determine a spot in the final four; meanwhile, a win by Adamson will automatically grant the Archers the fourth seed.

DLSU Green Tankers bag second, Lady Tankers finish third in UAAP Season 81 Swimming

Written by Jennifer Serrano and Trinity Matias 

The De La Salle University Green and Lady Tankers put on a show in the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Meet last November 8-11 at the Rizal Memorial Complex. The men’s team posted a second-place finish, while the women’s team clinched third place.

Day 1 – The Start of UAAP Season 81 Swimming Meet

Last November 8 marked the beginning of the UAAP Swimming meet as athletes from De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and University of Santo Tomas went head to head at the Rizal Memorial Complex.

The first event of the day was the 200-meter medley. The Green Tankers placed first with the time of 1 minute and 48.87 seconds behind Gamaliel Torres, Jose Bautista, Leon Silvestre and Juan Miguel Narciso for the men’s division. Following the Green Tankers by only a few seconds were the Blue Eagles that came second and the UST Tigers that came third. As for the women’s division, the Lady Tankers were able to place third with the time of 2 minutes and 9.24 seconds which was done by Maggie Mendoza, Nichole Evangelista, Ace Agustin, and Dara Evangelista. Respectively, ADMU placed second with a couple of seconds earlier than the Lady Tankers as UST placed first.

The next event was the 100-meter freestyle with Ateneo’s Jessie Lacuna placing first by milliseconds as DLSU’s Sacho Ilustre placing second with a time of 52.57 seconds for the men’s division followed by Miguel Barlisan who is also from ADMU. For the women’s division, two of Ateneo’s swimmers placed first and second respectively as DLSU’s Dara Evangelista placing third with a time of 1 minute and 1.76 seconds.

With that event finished came the 200-meter individual medley with Sacho Ilustre placing third with the time of 2 minutes and 13.69 seconds for the senior men’s division as Aldo Batungbacal and Ianiko Limfilipino of ADMU placed first and second.

The last event to mark the end of the day was the 800-meter freestyle relay with the Green Tankers placing first for the senior’s division with the time of 8 minutes and 14.02 seconds done by Alnair Guevarra, Jose Mari Ereneta, Fahad Alkhaldi, and Rochmond Santos as UP came second and UST came third.

At the end of the day, the official standings of Day 1 showed that the Green Tankers had a total of 76 points making them second place behind the Blue Eagles. As for the Lady Tankers, they tallied a total of 30 points placing them last for the senior’s division.

Day 2 – DLSU Tankers Rising To The Challenge

The second day of UAAP Season 81 Swimming Meet began with the Green Tankers currently at second place and the Lady Tankers were eager and hungry to get a spot at the podium.

A record-breaking performance happened during the 50-meter breaststroke qualifiers as Jexter Chua of DLSU placed second breaking the previous record of 29.69 seconds held by Gian Carlo Silva from ADMU made back in 2015 with the time of 29.66 seconds. As for the title holder of the new record was DLSU’s Alfonso Bautista who defeated the record of his fellow teammate with a time of 29.62 seconds.

After the qualifiers, the finals division took place with the 400 meter freestyle kicking things off. Sacho Ilustre placed second with a time of 4 minutes and 12.97 seconds trailing from Jessie Lacuna representing ADMU who placed first but, swam ahead of Ianiko Limfilipino, also from Ateneo, for the men’s division. Afterwards, the 50 meter breaststroke took place with Jester Chua showing pride to be a Green Tanker placing first with a time of 29.90 seconds followed by his fellow teammate Alfonso Bautista with a time of 30.55 seconds and Alberto Batungabcal from ADMU.

The 100 meter butterfly happened after the 50 meter backstroke with Sacho Ilustre placing second with a time of 56.23 seconds trailing behind Ateneo’s Jessie Lacuna for the men’s seniors division. After, the 200 meter backstroke took place with Christian Sy placing third with a time of 2 minutes and 13.49 seconds as Akiva Carino and Gerard Reyes from ADMU placed first and second respectively.

Last but not the least, the 400 meter freestyle relay took place. The Green Tankers placed third with the time of 3 minutes and 39.91 seconds achieved by Leon Silvestre, Juan Miguel Narciso, Fahad Alkhaldi, and Jose Bautista trailing from ADMU and UP who took gold and silver for this event respectively.

The official standings after Day 2 of the Swimming meet had the Green Tankers at second place with 166 points. As for the Lady Tankers, they accumulated a total of 47 points making them last place.

Day 3

The DLSU Green and Lady Tankers made eight podium finishes on day 3.

The Finals of day 3 started with the Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle where Green Tanker Sacho Ilustre came head-to-head with Ateneo’s Jessie Khing Lacuna all throughout the 200M heat for the 1st place finish. Ilustre, however, still ended on a high note who got a silver medal with a record of 1:53.99, only 0.59 seconds behind Lacuna. Along with them in the podium was Christian Anor from University of Santo Tomas.

After the early triumph of Ilustre, it was followed by Green Tanker Ambrose Agustin’s victory who placed 3rd with the time of 1:08:01 for the 100 Meter Breaststroke Finals event. Aldo Batungbacal and Carlo Silva, both from Ateneo, finished 1st place and 2nd place respectively.

Representing DLSU for Men’s 50 Meter Butterfly Finals was Green Tanker Red Silvestre who finished with a time of 26.59, fast enough to receive a bronze medal. Leading this event with a gold medal finish was event record-holder Ateneo’s Jessie Lacuna, followed by Lans Donato from University of the Philippines.

Green Tanker Christian Sy bagged the gold medal for the green and white during the Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke Finals by giving a 1:00.61 performance outlasting UST’s Christian Anor and ADMU’s Getty Reyes, who came 2nd and 3rd respectively. While for the Women’s division, Lady Tanker Dara Clariza Evangelista was able to finish second with a time of 1:09.70. Finishing first was ADMU’s Courtney Gray and completing the top three was UP’s Angela Villamil.

DLSU was also able to obtain a bronze medal at the Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley Finals. Green Tanker Yuri Ilustre finished with a time of 4:48.35 who placed 3rd. While two swimmers from Ateneo, Aldo Batungbacal who placed 1st and Ianiko Limfilipino who placed 2nd, completes the top three fastest men for the said event.

Come to the last event of Day 3, the Green and Lady Tankers competed in the Men’s and Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle Relay Finals. The Green Tankers overpowered their competitors by placing 1st with a record-breaking time of 1:36:31. The men in green and white were able to break the previous UAAP record of 1:36.95 established by the Ateneo de Manila University back in 2016. The Green Tankers who are now the new record-holders are Jexter Chua, Alfonso Bautista, Red Silvestre, and Juan Miguel Narciso. Lady Tankers Mari So, Jana Laurian, Bettina Ting and Dara Evangelista also secured a slot at the podium by finishing with a time of 1:58:02 that led them in winning a bronze medal.

At the end of Day 3 of UAAP Season 81 Swimming Championships, The Green Tankers already acquired 264 points making them rank second in their division, while the Lady Tankers got 81 points that made them rank fourth in the Women’s division.

Day4

On the last day of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Championships, the DLSU Green Tankers ended their campaign as they finished 2nd overall in the Men’s Division, while the Lady Tankers ended 3rd in the Women’s dIvision.

The DLSU Green Tankers started strong as they dominated the Men’s 50M Backstroke Finals. Coming in first place was Red Silvestre with the time of 27.88 seconds, behind him was Christian Sy with the time of 28.26 seconds and placing third was Jexter Chua clocking in with 28.46 seconds. Meanwhile, the DLSU Lady Tankers also reigned in the Women’s Division as Dara Clariza Evangelista finishes with the time of 32.00 seconds, copping the Gold Medal. Following her was her fellow teammate, Andriana Canlas with the time of 32.36 seconds and coming in for third place was Ateneo’s Andrea Ngui with the time of 32.37 seconds.

Green Tanker Yuri Ilustre represented the green and white in the podium as he finishes third place in the Men’s 200M Breaststroke Finals clocking in 2:28.00. Along with him was Ateneo’s Ianiko Limfilipino who finished second with the time of 2:24.62 and Aldo Batungbacal who finished first with the time of 2:21.75, breaking his own UAAP record.

As the Men’s 200M Butterfly Finals ended, Green Tanker Sacho Ilustre managed to cop the silver medal as he clocked in with 2:05.96. Andrae Pogiongko from the UPVST came third with the time of 2:12.77 while the Ateneo standout Jessie Lacuna finished first place with the record-breaking time of 2:02.69.

Dominating the 50M Freestyle was DLSU Green Tanker Red Silvestre who claimed the Gold medal with the time of 24.35 seconds. His fellow teammate Sacho Ilustre finished third, copping the bronze medal with the time of 24.60 seconds, just behind Ateneo’s Drei Buhain with the time of 24.58 seconds. On the other hand, for the Women’s Division, DLSU Lady Tanker Dara Clariza Evangelista added another silver medal for the green and white as she clocked in 28.35 seconds. Along with her in the podium was Andrea Ngui from ADMU who finished first with the time of 27.58 and Ariana Canaya from UP who finished third with the time of 28.43.

The 400M Medley Relay Finals was the last event of the UAAP Season 81 Swimming Championships where the DLSU Lady Tankers managed to claim a third-place finish with the time of 4:54.94. Representing DLSU were Maggie Mendoza, Nichole Evangelista, Erika Jaurigue and Dara Clariza Evangelista.

Come to the closing and awarding ceremony, our very own Sacho Ilustre was named as Season 81 Rookie of the Year for the Men’s Division. While for the Women’s Division was Ateneo de Manila University’s Dara Carreon. The Most Valuable Player of the Season for the Men’s and Women’s Division are both from Ateneo namely Jessie Khing Lacuna and Kirsten Chloe Daos, respectively.

UAAP Season 81 Preview : DLSU Green and Lady Tankers

Written by: Jennifer Serrano

Tomorrow marks the return of the DLSU Tankers as they dive into the action of UAAP Season 81.

With the last season leaving a strong message to the team, it became their motivation to work even harder and smarter than before.

The Lady tankers are hungry for a strong comeback as they placed third runners-up last season. Ace Agustin, the current captain of the DLSU Lady Tankers, evaluated the team’s performance last season and had a few things to say about what’s in store for Season 81.

“Though the team fell short of a podium finish last season, it didn’t define the effort that each girl gave. I do believe the team became much closer and bonded with one another. During the offseason, our training was more intense. We had a training camp where we focused on both intensity and form. We also have recruited some rookies and I trust that they are ready to help the team achieve our goals. The team is hungry for a win, and everyone placed in a lot of work leading up to our season“, Agustin said.

Working alongside her is co-captain Maggie Mendoza who explained how much sacrifices were made by the team and each and every person’s effort in preparing for this season.

“We sacrificed our time, put on effort and poured our hearts out to prepare ourselves. We set up our priorities straight for this journey in order give our best for the school, for the team and for ourselves. Sabi nga ng coach namin, ‘Matalo na kayo sa kahit anong araw. Pero sa November 8 to 11, angkinin niyo ito, dahil sa atin ito’, Mendoza said.

As for the Green Tankers, they have placed first runners-up last season being in the shadows of the Blue Eagles for three consecutive years. For this season with a nearly perfect lineup, they are the team to beat.

Leading the DLSU Green Tankers is Kyle Paggabao with co-captain Alnair Guevarra.

“The team strengthened even more over the offseason since we all have one goal for this year, and that is to get the title. It was more intense this year having a new conditioning coach which provides us the workouts we need,” Paggabao said.

Decorated Green Tanker Red Silvestre, had an interesting say about the new recruits and rookies of the team.

“We have a set of national caliber rookies who are hungry and motivated for this upcoming UAAP Season 81. With their presence in the pool, they have set the bar much higher than the last year. Their presence mixed with our veteran experience in the UAAP would help blend in a positive, competitive, and motivating environment in training and also in competition,“ Silvestre marveled.

Having one goal in mind strengthened the bond between the players, making them one family. Increasing the intensity of each workout and having no days off are some of the sacrifices they have made to reach for the goal, and that’s gold.

Support your DLSU Tankers on November 8 to 11 at the Rizal Memorial Complex as they compete for their way to victory!

Lady Tankers: Ace Agustin, Andy Canlas, Dara Evangelista, Nichole Evangelista, Jhianna Gonzales, Angelie Jalauig, Carla Jaurigue, Erika Jaurigue, Jana Laurian, Maggie Mendoza, Glycel So, Bettina Ting, Joanne Wang, Bea Ylen

Green Tankers: Ambrose Raymund Agustin, Fahad Alkhaldi, Alfonso Jose Bautista, Jexter Chua, Jose Mari Ereneta, Alnair Guevarra, Sacho Ilustre, Yuri Ilustre, Elijah Lizares, Matthew Marzan, Juan Miguel Narciso, Kyle Paggabao, Jomai Santos, Rochmond Santos, Leon Red Silvestre, Christian Sy, Gamaliel Torres

ICYMI: Lady Woodpushers, Green Woodpushers go opposite ways in UAAP Season 81 Chess opener

Written by: Crissa Rances

De La Salle University’s Lady Woodpushers started this year’s UAAP season with a 3-1 dominating victory Ateneo De Manila University’s women’s chess team at the University of Santo Tomas’ Quadricentennial Pavilion on September 19.

The rosters on the first round are Mira Mirano, Ella Grace Mullic, and Samantha Glo Revita with 1-0 lead, while Franchell Eds Javier lost to her opponent with a score of 0-1.

The Lady Woodpushers reclaimed their throne through defeating the Lady Tamaraws by 2.5 points in the previous UAAP Season and will continue on capitalizing on intelligence and diligence as told by Head Coach Susan Grace Neri.

Meanwhile, the Green Woodpushers succumbed to the Fighting Maroons with a score of 2.5-1.5.

Richmond Young and Tristan Frech Ibaoc lost to their opponent with a score of 0-1, Raymond Albert Ng had an equivalent score of 0.5 to his opponent, while Giovanni Mejia won to a score of 1-0.

Coach Neri said that the Green Woodpushers should hope for the best and remain faithful. This quote will serve as one of their rally cries as they go through the new UAAP Season. Both teams should never stop learning and apply the skills they’ve learned.

The Lady Woodpushers and Green Woodpushers will continue the battle and are set for a new slate of games again on Sunday, September 23 at the UST Gym.

Lady Archers survive late scare from Lady Warriors

Written by: Resch Untalan

The DLSU Lady Archers overcame the University of the East Lady Warriors, 64-61, in the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Green and White started off slowly in the first quarter as they were plagued with turnovers throughout the period. Luckily, the Lady Archers were able to hold their ground, conceding only a four-point deficit to the ladies in red at the end of the quarter, 17-21.

Angel Quingco towed DLSU to the lead in the second quarter after being subbed in by Head Coach Cholo Villanueva. Quingco provided more presence in the paint for the Lady Archers, helping them take an eight-point lead at the half, 28-36.

UE started the third quarter aggressively, eventually putting the game at a deadlock at the four-minute mark at 41-all. Both teams then committed a series of turnovers and missed shots but DLSU still came out on top at the end of the third, 50-45.

The Lady Archers’ misfortunes in the third continued through the start of the fourth quarter as they continued to commit turnovers. The Lady Warriors took advantage of this, eventually taking the lead at the six-minute mark at 53-52. Quingco and Marie Arciga came to the rescue of DLSU, bringing down crucial rebounds for second-chance points.

The Taft-based squad eventually got back the lead but still cannot remove the prick on their back that is the Lady Warriors as the score was 62-61 at the one-minute mark, in favor of DLSU. With four seconds left, UE committed a foul on Aimee Del Ocampo who made both free throws, icing the game.

Quingco notched a big double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds, paired with a steal and two blocks. Arciga topscored for the Lady Archers in a near double-double performance with 12 points and eight rebounds paired with two assists and a steal. Camille Claro also had 12 points for DLSU, together with two assists and a rebound.

Meanwhile, Princess Ganade stuffed the stat sheet for the Recto-based squad, tallying 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block.

DLSU 64 – Claro 12, Arciga 12, Quingco 10, Torres 7, Del Campo 5, Castillo 5, Jimenez 4, Revillosa 4, Nunez 3, Paraiso 2.

UE 61 – Ganade 14, A. Pedegrosa 12, Cortizana 10, Requiron 10, Francisco 7, P. Pedegrosa 5, Nama 3.

Silvestre on the Green Tankers this upcoming season: Just swim your swim


Photo by: Raphael Grabador

Leon Red Silvestre, one of the decorated DLSU Green Tankers, is a man who’s as fierce as his name. He started swimming at the age of 8 and he only had one goal: to stop his sickness when he was diagnosed asthmatic. Little did the young gun know that he would soon break national records and earn countless medals in the sport.

Fast-forward to his UAAP career, Silvestre is a graduating swimmer from De La Salle University. He is hoping to be a commercial airline pilot one day so he said he would most probably stop swimming once he graduates college.

After years of competing for the UAAP, the most important lesson Silvestre learned was to not take things too seriously and just have fun. Putting too much pressure or “gigil,” that as Red would say, hurt him more in the end especially if there’s a bad result. He’d feel disappointed and he would blame it all on himself.

So now, in his final year of collegiate swimming, he humbly sets his goals and wishes to beat his run last year.

“[I want to] beat my personal best times and hopefully be a podium finisher in my events,” he said.


Photo by: Raphael Grabador

When asked if he’s aiming to join the National Pool for swimming for the 2019 SEA Games, he laughed and just said. “We’ll see.”

As a senior in the team, he also wanted to impart inspiring words to his teammates who has been with him through this challenge.

“Always have fun, be happy, and always smile! Smile on the days where there are hard workouts or hard swims. Why stress yourself even more when the sport is already hard and tiring? Just swim your swim. Magiging stiff masyado katawan mo kapag masyado ka gigil. Relax and enjoy the race.”

The DLSU Green Tankers are the one of best bets to win the championship this season. Support Red Silvestre and his team as he swims for the green and white one last time this November 8-11, 2018 in the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.

Written by: Dara Evangelista

Meet Aiyana Perlas, DLSU’s New Courtside Reporter!

This season, we’ll be seeing new faces on the court and the sidelines. Aiyana Perlas will be the new lady on the sidelines bringing the Lasallian community and the rest of the Philippines the latest updates on the Green Archers during the games.

The 117 Psychology student might be familiar to those who watch MYX regularly as she was a finalist for the MYX VJ Search 2018.

She just has a knack for hosting and doing the job has been her life for years.

“Honestly, I think I’ve always had a thing of talking in front of people,” said Aiyana, talking about how she got into hosting, “Ever since high school, I’d be the host of certain events at school. I thought I’d bring that out of school and I never really thought it would be a passion of mine.”

As to how she got interested in the courtside job, the bright and bubbly reporter mentioned her family and their love of sports as the reason why.

“I was a cheerleader in high school and I would play golf with my dad every now and then. But my family would always watch basketball! We’re the type of family that would wake up at 4AM just to watch the Cavs play,” explaining how she got hooked into Basketball.

After the MYX VJ Search, an opportunity came knocking which Aiyana happily accepted.

“After I joined the [MYX VJ] Search, I saw the opportunity and I thought, ‘Oh well! Why don’t I integrate both?’ My love for sports and my love for hosting.”

As a rookie reporter, she cannot help but thank her predecessors Eileen Shi and Bea Escudero as well as the more seasoned reporters of other universities for tips on the job. She especially recalls the tip given to her by Sydney Crespo, the former courtside reporter of the Far Eastern University.

“She told me to just memorize the first three lines on your notebook, then put your finger on the fourth line so you can look at it right away! That was the most helpful and the one that stuck to me the most.”

The courtside reporter’s job starts off-screen so when asked about difficulties she’s had so far, the ever-smiling Aiyana said she’s had a bit of a hard time throwing curveballs to the audience.

“Maybe, so far, it’s getting information that’s the hardest part at the moment because you already know what the audience is looking for at the moment. It’s hard to look for interesting questions that will also make them be like, ‘Wow! I’ve never answered that kind of question.’”

As she’ll be spending most of her time with the Green Archers, she expects them to sacrifice a lot this season, especially with new and returning faces.

“Right now, I can see how they’ve been working so hard especially with their chemistry because the team is fairly new. Coach Louie told me that they don’t want dominant players this season. They want everyone to have a chance to showcase their talent.” She said.

For sure, Aiyana will be providing the Lasallian community with news and updates regarding not just the Green Archers, but also the Lady Spikers for the next semester, and because of that, we will also support and cheer for you, Aiyana!

Written by: Resch Untalan

Muay Thai La Salle to ‘Respect All and Fear None’ in 2nd ASCEND Tri-school Amateur Muay Thai Competition

Written by Karsten Villarin and Cheska Erfe-Mejia

The De La Salle University Muay Thai Club look to defend their throne in the 2nd ASCEND Tri-school Amateur Muaythai Tournament on Saturday, April 14 at the LS Martial Arts Center in Ateneo de Manila University.

Looking Back

Muay Thai La Salle was founded in 2015 by alumnus Psychology student, Patrick Que. It started out as a small club with less than 10 members. Currently, there are only two remaining core leaders in the team: Alex Bondoc and Jolo Teves. Bondoc is a graduating Manufacturing Engineering student, while Teves is a Mechanical Engineering alumnus.

Que not only founded, but also coached the club. Aside from being a student of Kru Andre Puertollano, he was also a core member of Team Jaakphukao. He shared what he learned from Puertollano to the Muay Thai players of the University.

One of the goals of Muay Thai La Salle is to have Muay Thai as an official sport in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Along with this, the team aims to spread their love and passion for the martial art.

After three years, it is an official club under the DLSU Office of Sports Development.

In the 1st ASCEND Tri-school Amateur Muaythai Tournament held last year, Bondoc defeated his counterparts in the Lightweight Division and claimed victory. He is now the defending champion for the Lightweight Division, under 130 pounds.

Pre-fight Preparations

Coming off a fresh start, the second edition of the same tournament will be the second event Muay Thai La Salle will compete in. The tri-school tournament features the same three Jaakphukao camps: Muay Thai La Salle, Muay Thai Ateneo, and Muay Thai UP.

The Taft-based Thai boxers toughen up as four contenders are chosen to represent the team. Bondoc and Teves look to strive for greatness to kickstart another opportunity for the Lasallian wing of Team Jaakphukao. Coaching them in their quest to remain undefeated are Puertollano and head coach Lyll Cordeño.

Cordeño sees La Salle as the younger team. But, it will not be a hindrance as long as they will train hard for the win. He said, “It’s called Martial arts, so it’s an art–not just a fight.”

Puertollano, the head and founder of Team Jaakphukao, trains and disciplines the Green and White fighters as well. When asked about how he can help the team improve, he stated, “Muay Thai is violent in nature. But for me, we have to go beyond that. When we teach it, it’s not about the aggression. It’s about the quality of the technique.”What Awaits

The tournament is composed of three divisions: Lightweight, Middleweight, and Welterweight. Each fight consists of three three-minute rounds.

As the club go on to gain experience, the dream of giving Muay Thai the recognition as an official sport of the UAAP and stepping into that level of competition remains ablaze.

Witness Muay Thai La Salle as they fight for greatness in the 2nd ASCEND Tri-school Amateur Muaythai Tournament on April 14 at the LS Martial Arts Center in Ateneo de Manila University.