La Salle. It brings back a lot of memories to my mom and dad, in fact whole family when that word is said. Everyone has studied there! Even if i’m not a DLSU student, its easy to figure out why I cheer and scream, ANIMO! I’ve heard about all the UAAP 76 games that La Salle has battled their way through. When they won against Ateneo, I immediately had that cheeky grin on me. (We won Ysabela beat that!) Noticing when twitter keeps coming alive after games made me want to go and see one myself. So what would be better than watching game 3! Thanks to my lolo who got the whole family tickets. (and me who asked him in the first place! You’re welcome family!)
We were all prepared for saturday. Some wore white and others wore green depending on which they found lucky. My tito and tita even wore their varsity jackets from when they joined the pep squad! I went with a green polo shirt and jeans but bought a DLSU hoodie before the game. So much for trying to be a lasalite haha :). By the way, my family has been involved with the UAAP seasons as well. My mom and tita were cheer leaders, my two titos were drummers and my dad was a basketball player (I wont say what season his team were champs because he’ll sound too old). It was so weird when my tito kept on screaming ‘Dwight Lago in the house! The fireman is here!’ as we entered the arena. Sometimes he’s just too loud.
On to the game itself! I never knew how exciting it would be to cheer and scream my heart out for La Salle. I caught up on the cheers pretty quickly and before I knew it, I joined in with the crowd. They’re really catchy! And it was amazing to see how divided the arena was- Half were wearing green and the other half were wearing yellow. In the first and second quarter, I was anxious to see who would lead. Clapping and screaming whenever they would score but sitting down quietly when the opposing team did, and even holding a number one in the air when they took free throws.
Towards the end of the third quarter that’s when things started heating up. They were neck in neck. It felt so good when La Salle started catching up to UST. But I remember clearly when Jeron Teng got a cramp and Jason Perkins got one right after him. I was thinking, we’re dead! Luckily they both got back into the game soon after. The life of an athlete, seems so hard! The fourth quarter I was fully engaged. Freaking out whenever UST would score. The game was intense. It could have been anyone! When we went overtime, when UST had possession, when there were so many free throws for UST, I was squealing- in my brothers ear! Woops sorry about that Renzo. Lucky for me, screaming at the top of my lungs somehow made the UST players miss their shots. As the clock hit zero the sea of the green archers jumped and rejoiced. 71-69!
The court went mad. They carried coach Juno and got the net. Media was crowding around everywhere. The whole arena of 24 thousand people carefully watched what was going down in the court. The pep squad started cheering once again and their school song was sung. A moment of pure happiness for the lasalites! But the people from UST stayed silent, shocked by what happened. Being good sports we all chanted their cheer as well! The growling tigers were strong that day. Again it could have been anyone who won. I heard ‘awww’ and immediately realized that Jeron Teng hugged his brother Jeric! Screams filled the arena yet again. I remember a comment from tita Alicia (town and country editor) seeing Jeron as a ‘reluctant champion’ and having ‘brotherly love’ for one another. The picture to go with it? Ateneo looking for a Teng, haha!
Our family decided to cater for the VIP victory party, and you know what that meant. We were going to La Salle! And for my cousin Veeno that meant we could have pictures with the players. It’s odd how i’m the girl yet he’s the one fan-girling. Anyways, before the whole gang arrived, my titos and titas showed me around the place. They showed me the pep tambayan, the history of the place, how the Henry Sy building used to be a huge soccer field and where they used to ‘study’. I even saw my great grandfathers picture in one of the hallways! It must have been awesome studying there.
I know the picture above is waaay too dark but I just needed to take one where my titos used to hangout. And I dragged Veeno in the picture too, it seemed weird to be in the picture alone!
I begged my parents to stay a bit longer to have pictures with the players. I didn’t want to go alone of course, so I went around with ate Yvi (the face of Pleasantly Chic
) who also happens to be a member of the pep squad. Being the shy one, she would always ask for the picture first and I would follow on. She even introduced me to her block mate Jason Perkins! I felt extremely awkward when going up to them and other famous lasalites, but it was worth it anyways 🙂
When asking Jeron for a picture, my mom asked where his parents were. He replied that they were with his brother and he needed comfort. Life must be hard for the Teng family! You don’t know which side to cheer for.
I knew about Van Opstal and how he was a player for DLSU but what I didn’t know is that there are so many girls who get all googley-eyed when they see him. (Ahem ahem Ate Yvi!) Kobe Paras is a possible future DLSU player. Honestly I had no idea who he was until my mom told me! But you know, I just took pictures with whoever.
I found out that my parents know Coach Juno personally! He doesn’t smile much. Don’t get me wrong he’s really nice! Lastly I had a picture with Mr. Atayde. Ate Yvi told me that he was a famous blogger for La sale, but unfortunately he doesn’t blog anymore. It was such an honour meeting him, and all of them actually. It’s lovely how they’re all so approachable. I felt kind of rude when we asked for pictures while they were eating or talking to others, but they didn’t mind at all! Yay for us!
It’s been great watching the game and I cant wait for the next season to start. Congratulations to both DLSU and to UST. I can go on and on about my experience in this game but that would take ages! The last time I’ve been to a basketball game was probably when my dad played in the PBA. Things haven’t changed much, like all the screaming and shouting and drumming- its just loud and lively! The picture above? Yes it’s really random but who doesn’t love minions! ANIMOOO! By the way, silly me forgot to bring my camera so all the pictures are either from my phone or people’s instagrams. Again, a big congratulations to DLSU! We are back!