We were there, watching you from afar, as our favorite girls stood side by side in an intersection of two or more roads. We were closely anticipating and waiting for what it was that’s going to happen.

After all, crossing new and different paths is always a hard battle.

2013 was all about change.

All about transitions.

All about letting go and moving forward.

All about victories and failures.

All about doing your best and better-ing your best.

2013, indeed, was about embracing change and stepping forward.

And, yes, we witnessed each and every step you made throughout the year.

Each and every battle.

Each and every win.

Each and every loss.

Each scream.

Each tear.

Each high five and cheer.

And for one whole year, we jumped out for joy for every victory.

We cried with you when you were in tears.

We prayed with you when you were facing your fears.

We saw how you fought so hard and gave everything you’ve got to reach what every team was aspiring for: THE FINAL FOUR.

We felt your drive to win and we saw how you pushed your limits, as you emerged to be UAAP Season 75’s First Runner-Up.

And we cried with you, girls, as we said goodbye and thank you to the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ FAB FIVE.

But just like you, we moved forward and looked at the brighter side of things, because the Fab Five certainly played a major role in the rise of Philippine Volleyball. And we were the happiest seeing our girls on every channel for TV guestings. 

And imagine how proud we were to see you on those big billboards and TV endorsements.

You can just imagine how we trooped to the bookstores just to get hold of the always-sold-out copies of the local magazines. 

And how we, in turn, showed our support in our own little ways. 

We saw how you worked your way to the Shakey’s V-League Season10 1st Conference Finals even without the complete Fab Five.

We can never be proud of our very own Alyssa Valdez, fighting for the country with the Philippine team for the Asian Volleyball Championships in Vietnam.

And just like you, we felt saddened by the news of Coach Roger’s departure from the team, and felt excited too for Coach Tai’s arrival. 

And how we cheered and got excited for UAAP Season 76 Beach Volleyball Tournament, as rookie Michelle Morente took the spot of Fille Cainglet.

We applauded Alyssa Valdez too, for proving her versatility as a player, as she showed talent, power and brilliance, playing with and against Philippine volleyball veterans.

And we got our hearts broken too when we saw you, Alyssa, down and in pain. That fateful day you proved you’re one hell of a fighter. 

We believed, we cheered, and we prayed for you as UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball Tournament opened.

We faced every hate tweet, negative comment and discouraging feedback. 

We were so happy to see the old faces back.

And we were happier to see new and young faces in front. 

In a team as young as yours, we saw the passion, the drive, the determination and the heart, especially with you, our Phenom, as the leader. 

We saw how you proved all the doubters wrong.  

 We saw how you, Alyssa, once again, proved your HEART. You showed us just how willing you are to fight, no matter what.



But you know what, girls? More than the wins, what makes us happy are the smiles we see on your faces, as we see you enjoy each and every game.

2013 may have been full of changes, adjustments, transitions and new beginnings but you remained fighting, hardworking, and humble.

You have no idea how you made our 2013 more colorful.

You have no idea what a joy it is to support you.

Thank you for making us happy.

You are, indeed, a blessing to all of us. A wonderful blessing.

Philippine collegiate volleyball just got more exciting with you, girls. 

Cheers to a good 2013 and here’s to looking forward to supporting you still in the coming year. 

Know that we will always be with you every step of the way - through every journey, through every turn, through every hump, through every crossroad.

Know that you are loved.


Mr. Roy Afable

Mr. Kevin dela Cruz

Mr. Josh Albelda



Manila Bulletin Sports Digest FB page

Shakey’s V-League Selection (RP team for the AVC)

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Hello. Sasaglit muna ako para magkuwento.

Kanina kasi abalang-abala ako sa pagbabasa ng mga twits ni JW hanggang sa napagod at pumunta nalang sa Facebook hanggang sa makita ko yung post ng isang Page na nagsasabing sa December 1 yung opening ng UAAP75 Volleyball match. Urggh! Alam mo yung feeling na akala ko ngayong October yung nasabing match na yun?! alam mo yung feeling na akala ko makikita ko na sila ng Personal?! alam mo yung feeling na ngayon October ko pinaBook yung flight ko papunta dun?!!! Urrgh. I really want to see them so bad!!!! :( Pero sige lang. Tiwala lang at sana mapilit ko silang pumunta dun ng December kahit ako lang! Chos! :D Hmp. Makapag-Study na nga lang. :) Sige Share lang. :)))

yung sa last na picture. bago lang yan. kahapon lang ninakaw.hahahaha


August 4, 2012. DLSU vs. UST.

DLSU lost by two points to UST. The game was really intense. Double overtime, baby!

But even though DLSU lost, this day is still ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF 2012 SO FAR.

Why? It’s because I finally met Jeron Teng!!! ♥ Dream come true. Yup he’s so cute and he smells really good! We shaked hands and I hugged him. AHHHHHH. I know I look really wasted in the photos but I don’t care. I also asked him to sign my planner. I think he’s a really nice guy. :)

Kakauwi ko lang galing sa MOA. Maganda naman at nag-enjoy ako manood ng LIVE sa MOA Arena ng UAAP Cheerdance. Sa may mga drummers kami ng La Salle naka-pwesto, kuya ko kasi nagbigay ng ticket at dahil LaSalle graduate sya, yun ang sinuportahan namin. Sobrang saya lang talaga kasi ramdam na ramdam namin yung dagundong ng mga drummers ng LaSalle at iba pang school.

Masasabo ko lang about the result, deserving talaga ang UP, lalo na yung point na nagpagupit ng semi-kalbo yung girls then the routines and everything was almost perfect, FEU did their best too and I’m proud of them. Galing din talaga nila at isa sa crowd nila ang the best supporter. NU, well di naman ako hater, pero I think UST or LaSalle did better than them pero the decision is FINAL kaya Congrats na lang sa kanila.

Kahit hindi ako nakapag review at kahit may sinat pa ako kanina, nawala yun lahat dahil sa event na ito, masaya din ako kasi minsan ko na lang maka-bonding ang Kuya ko kaya thankful ako. SAYA NG Cheerdance, next year ulit.


ang bago kong mahal… Adamson #13 and #17

wla na kc Canada ko e :(

Congratulations, UE Red Warriors!

Sweet sweet victory over Ateneo Blue Eagles. :)
So who cares kung hindi sila pasok sa Final Four? That doesn’t mean they can’t defeat the top seeders of the league.

Pinatunayan lang talaga sa akin ng Season 75 ng UAAP na bilog ang bola. :)

Good Job, UE Red Warriors!
Go Fight Red and White! Bomba UE Igma Kadigma! 

Always a proud thomasian fan of UE Red Warriors since Elmer Espiritu days.  

PS. O yung mga patay na patay sa team ng UE, sige pagnasaan nyo na. :)))

she's that one TENG!

When I was about to log out of my facebook account I noticed that someone’s celebrating her birthday today. Of course I will not let this day end without greeting her. Not a simple “happy birthday” on twitter but a lengthy post here on tumblr (yeah, because I’m sweet like that! lol).

ALMIRA DENISE U. TENG. Her first name may not be familiar but for sure kapag narinig mo na ang last name niya sasambitin mo na yung pangalan nung naka jersey number 21 or 16. I’m not a basketball fan ngayon lang season ng UAAP na ‘to. Enjoy na enjoy akong manuod lalo na kapag DLSU VS. UST. Tuwang-tuwa akong makita na naglalaban sina Jeric at Jeron. Sa tuwing manunuod ako whether live or sa TV laging nako-close up itong babaeng to. Oh kung di naman lagi siyang nadadaan ng camera (ganda kasi niya). The first time that I saw her sabi ko “girlfriend siguro to ni Jeric." Sabi kasi sa Mano Po series, Ang Chinese ay para sa kapwa Chinese. Sabihin niyo nga kung anong klasing utak meron ako? haha. Until this friend of mine na ultimate "Tengster” told me na kapatid nga sya nila Jeron at Jeric. I saw my friend retweeted her tweet kaya ayun finallow ko na rin sya. Super kulit nya sa twitter. As in sinasagot nya lahat ng tweet kahit simpleng hello lang yung tweet mo sa kanya. I remember asking her her favorites tapos nilagyan ko ng hash tag na #almira101 haha. Bukod sa pagiging twitter crush ko I also admire her style. Bet na bet ko talaga yung mga porma niya lalo na kapag naka skinny jeans sya kasi super sexy nya and she’s long legged. Of course I won’t forget her H&M turban na sinama ko pa sa wish list ko nung pasko.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012. The first time I saw her in person. Dumaan siya sa harap ko. Di siya artista pero na starstruck ako. She’s really pretty. She’s so tall. Tapos ang sexy! Ang haba ng legs at ang complexion wag ka! Kahit mag gluta ka ng 10 years di mo ma a-achieve! haha. Pero bukod sa kagandahang panglabas nyang taglay ay mas hinahangan ko ang kabutihan ng kanyang loob. I was looking at her from a far. Kausap niya yung mga fans ni Teng, Jeric na lang para di confusing. Halos hindi na niya makita yung dinadaanan niya kasi she was carrying four boxes (i think) of krispy kreme donuts na bigay ng mga fans. Instead na umiwas sa supporters ni Jeric she actually met them outside. She talked to them and she thanked them personally for supporting his brother.

Dear Ate Al. Sorry for a very long introduction. Isa lang naman ang gusto kong sabihin. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. You may not know me personally pero I just want you to know that I admire you. Not because you’re a TENG, not because you’re pretty and sexy, not because you’re such a fashionista, not because you’re the only legit person who can cheer  for both Green Archers and Growling Tigers, not because you’re talented but because you’re super nice and friendly and approachable. I don’t know what adjectives to describe you basta ang alam ko I admire Almira Teng. I’m so sorry if I sound so creepy or I sound like a fan girl with this blog post but I just want you to feel special on your birthday. I want you to be happy and I want you to enjoy because you’re more than Robocop’s daughter and you’re more than the heartthrobs’ sister…. BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE OF A HECK ALMIRA TENG! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATE AL! STAY NICE, AWESOME AND FIERCE!


(sorry kung fail yung pag-edit ng photo. I’m not from CFAD eh! hehe.)


Your number one fan :P

PS. sana may ganitong kapatid din si Fortuna :(

Eagles re-assert mastery over Archers By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Sep 2nd 2012

Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University wanted another win against De La Salle University.

But Ateneo coach Norman Black wanted more: To re-establish the Eagles stature as the league’s best defensive team.

He got what he wanted as Ateneo made La Salle’s perimeter shooting bleed on Saturday en route to a 77-67 conquest of its archrivals in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles limited the Archers to just 34 percent shooting, including 17-of-49 from inside the arc while dominating the offensive end behind Ryan Buenafe who bucked suspension and fired a career-best 24 points spiked by three triples and an impressive 5-of-7 clip from the field.

“Sabi lang sa’kin ni coach ‘pag libre itira ko raw. Binigyan lang niya ako ng kumpiyansa para makatulong sa team,” said Buenafe who was 1-of-18 from three-point country prior to this game. “Di na sa’kin importante kung bad game o good game ako. Ang mahalaga manalo kami at mag-champion.”

Kiefer Ravena backstopped Buenafe with 18 points and four assists while Nico Salva and Juami Tiongson added 12 and 10, respectively for Ateneo which notched its eight straight win for a league-leading 9-1 card.

“It’s only one game. But I really wanted to re-establish ourselves as the league’s best defensive team,” Black said after the Eagles extended their winning streak against La Salle to five games dating back from 2010.

“We focused today on team defense, particularly in checking La Salle’s pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. They kept on double-teaming Greg (Slaughter) with the small forward (guarding Ryan),” Black said. “Good thing, Ryan stepped up for us offensively.”

Ateneo went on an early 20-5 tear behind Ravena and Buenafe, who scored nine points right in the first quarter highlighted by back-to-back triples.

But La Salle responded with a 19-9 attack to cut the deficit, 35-29, heading into the third frame.

Twice the Archers brought the Eagles’ lead down to two, the last at the 4:51 mark of the third when Jeron Teng buried a go-ahead triple before Ateneo uncorked a 13-2 salvo that put the four-time champions up by a mile, 57-44, heading into the payoff period.

La Salle managed to narrow the gap by seven, 59-66, on another Teng triple but that was the closest the Archers can do as Ateneo went on cruise control the rest of the way.­­

Slaughter wound up with just four points but contributed 11 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists.

“Greg sacrificed his offense today to set up his teammates and that was a big plus to us,” Black said. “Our team is balanced. You don’t know who’ll gonna step up next. The players just put their egos aside and go with the flow.”

Teng led La Salle with 22 points while Almond Vosotros, pinch-hitting for the injured LA Revilla anew, chipped in 20, including four treys.

La Salle again tied National University at fourth place with identical 6-4 records.

Ateneo has now won 11 of its last 12 meetings with La Salle and moved a game ahead of the Archers, 35-34, in their 69 head-to-head match-ups.

The scores:

ADMU 77 – Buenafe 24, Ravena 28, Salva 12, Tiongson 10, Slaughter 4, Chua 4, Sumalinog 3, Gonzaga 2, Golla 0, Elorde 0.

DLSU 67 – Teng 22, Vosotros 20, Van Opstal 8, Tampus 8, N.Torres 4, Manguera 3, Mendoza 2, Andrada 0, Paredes 0, T.Torres 0, Tallo 0, Webb 0.

Quarter scores: 26-10, 35-39, 57-46, 77-67.

sana maging dominatrix na ulit dlsu sa uaap. please lawd. nakarecruit na sana ng super star tambay or super tangkad forenjer. props on getting jeron teng, younger brother of ust’s teng. but tis gonna be hella hard to beat admu’s dinasty players, kiefer and greg manslaughter. UAAP DS WEEKEND! :D