Friday, February 08, 2013

Ateneo de Manila's ONE BIG FIVE BONFIRE 2012

One Big Five! October 13, 2012, a day of blue blast, fireworks and a bonfire held  in one of the premier universities of the Philippines as they celebrated championships, lasting friendships, alumni memories and excellence in collegiate sports. Ateneo de Manila University’s eagles once again bag numerous achievements in this year’s UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines). Students, alumni, faculties, staff and supporters gathered to celebrate the event on a night of music, fun chitchats and pictorials with the players, booths, reminiscing and saying good byes.

Ateneo Blue Eagles Men's Basketball Team being interviewed on stage. [Photo By: Karen Feaster]

One of the most notable parts was when the community lead by the Ateneo Blue Eagles Men’s Basketball team paid their tribute to their coach who lead them to five consecutive championships –Coach Normal Black. Coach Norman bid goodbye to the team because he of his plan to go back on coaching into professional basketball. It was a very touching part. They played a photo slideshow and sang “Hey Coach”, an improvised version from the song “Hey Jude”. Also, five players were about to leave: Oping Sumalinong, Luis Gonzaga, Justin Chua, Greg Slaughter and their two time finals MVP, Nico Salva.

Enjoying the night with friends! [Photo By: Kimberly Ann del Pilar]

Blue Girls! [Photo By: Grachelle Valencia]

Coach Norman Black giving his farewell speech. [Photo By: Karen Feaster]

"Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Lalaban lang. Itatry namin ang six-peat para sa inyo.," as said by Kiefer Ravena, last 2010’s Rookie of the Year. [Source:]
Indeed, Ateneo community is not just a home for academically excellent students but also those with great passion and perseverance for sports and athleticism. -faf

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