One Last Hurrah.

Many will go and forget but only few will stay and remember.

Who would forget all the memories made inside a four-walled battlefield full of soldiers and monsters? How about the tears of joy and pain throughout those hard-fought battles which made you even stronger?

It was in June 2013 when I first entered this underrated university in the heart of Pampanga. A tan-colored skinny guy with 5 notebooks wrapped in a swedish blue backpack. I considered myself no one because why not? You get along with different types of people everyday. I usually pass by the boulevard and see a girl who takes her lunch at the campus’ famous café. How about a working-student who loves to sip her mocha-flavored frappuccino while we are having a discussion? Then there is this boy who always rocks his newly-bought snickers on his two-hour dance practice. Culture shocked? Indeed. I am so not used to this kind of environment.

At first, it wasn’t easy to adjust. Transferring from a government-owned school to a private one was tough. I have no idea of what this new environment could bring. I had a lot of troubles catching up with new faces, socially and financially. We are not rich. We lacked money. A lot of money but somehow as you become a part of the ‘elite’ group, you try to save to catch up. Before, I thought spending college in a highly-paid university is about throwing gold bars on fire but I was wrong.

Who would’ve thought that I’ll be able to find myself in the field of math and science-related courses? Be a part of an exclusive source of all things about your college department? Carry the name of the school in country-wide workshops and competitions? Seriously, I’ve never seen everything coming my way.

I may brag about everything happened within the past nine semesters of my stay inside this maroon and gold university but one thing’s for sure, I will surely miss a lot of things..

• All the life-changing quizzes, homeworks, projects, and exams which made us the fighter that we are today.

• The love-hate relationship between us, the students, and our college instructors which eventually turned into a love-love relationship.

• My blockmates and friends who have been my source of strength, courage, and determination whenever I feel like giving up this undergraduate degree.

• The nerve-wrecking loud cheers and drum rolls which make our hearts skip a beat during the annual celebration of our college days.

• The Grilled Liempo of my favorite food stall which always gives me an extra whenever I buy food from them.

• My beloved publication – The Solution – which taught me to go out of my comfort zone and conquer a lot of thunders and storms.

• Our favorite spot in the university library which has plugs and chairs as if there are written names of ours on them.

• The school officials, organizations and friends from different departments who have made my stay in the university colorful and bright.

• My crushes who don’t really care for me but they are different forms of inspiration who kept me going.

Everything will fade but one thing will always remain, YOU. Thank you Holy Angel University for transforming me into the best version I can be. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities that you have given us to sharpen our brains to give glory for the audience of one.

As I officially wear my white and black-colored school uniform for my final semester, I will try to make the most out of my remaining days. I will cherish all the ups and downs that I will surely experience within the next four months.

Whatever happens, I will continue to live and to fight for another day.

This is Heighdrinn Neil D. Gopez, 5th year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Student-Journalist. Believer. #ParaSaIE

 

(Written: November 07, 2017 @ 2:54am)

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Lionesses shoot 13 aces to hard-fighting Lady Phoenixes

After bowing down to their arch-rival SBA last Saturday, the School of Engineering and Architecture Women’s Volleyball Team (SEAWVT) bounces back as they deny College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences Women’s Volleyball Team (CNAMSWVT) in a dominating fashion, 21-15 and 21-11.

Photo sources: SEA-CSC and CNAMS-CSC facebook pages

Establishing a six-point lead in the early part of the first set, the Lionesses fired off their mean and loaded serves to hurt Lady Phoenixes’ floor defense. The game seemed to be a walk in the park for SEA but their attacking errors equalized their serving points, opening a door of momentum for CNAMS. Despite their woes on offense, the ladies of Sacred Heart managed to bring back their composure to pocket set number one.

Having their backs against the wall, the green spikers tried to catch up with their counterparts. However, the fluidity of the game of the orange shirts was too tough to overcome. Errors of CNAMS piled up in the middle of the set causing SEA to never look back and pull away.

The Lionesses scored 13 service aces and 7 of them came from their main scorer, Nicole Shimamura, who struggled a bit on her offense after scoring with just 2.

The Lady Spikers of SEA hold a 5-1 record and will see action next week for the University Days.

SEA dispatches rival SBA; registers its fourth win

11111111111116839632_120300002230174597_583879046_n11111111The School of Engineering and Architecture Men’s Volleyball Team (SEAMVT) goes back to the winning column after defeating a feisty SBA squad in three grueling sets, 26-24, 23-25, and 15-12 to continue their back-to-back championship campaign.

After a lack-luster performance against College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM), the Lion Spikers seemed to look focused and eager to bounce back. But the fire in their eyes was too hot making them commit a lot of errors in the early part of first set especially in the service area.

The Dolphins took advantage of these free gifts from the Lions by building a 24 to 21 lead. Riding on their championship experience, the Lions pulled-off a run via their loaded serves and eventually got the very important first set.

After a morale-booster set, the orange shirts continued to dominate, strengthening their net and floor defense while throwing some dagger looks. However, the yellow side fought for their pride and denied the run of their rivals with their keen attacks to snatch the second set.

Entering the court with a sense of urgency, the defending champions composed themselves and minimized their service errors to create an early 8 to 4 lead in the deciding set. The Dolphins attempted a late comeback-run but it was ended by an error of their own, relinquishing the win to Lions.

Jireh Lacson, a former high-school varsity standout, top-scored everybody. Waxing hot with 12 points coming from 9 attacks and 3 service aces.

The Lions seize solo second spot with a 4-1 win loss card and will face College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (CNAMS) spikers next week.

Transformers stun Purest Water Defenders to set a title duel against Lady Warriors

On the verge of collapsing in the deciding set, the Bureau of Customs Transformers survived a late comeback from the feisty Bali Pure Purest Water Defenders to set a title duel against the 2016 Shakey’s V League Open Conference Champions Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 8-25, 15-8.

 

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Photo Source: ABS-CBN Sports (Mr. Arvin Lim)

The transformers were off to a blazing start. Dominating the net and firing from the different sides of the court to take an early two sets to none lead.

Having their backs against the wall, the Purest Water Defenders made crucial adjustments fielding in Ella De Jesus to help Denden Lazaro strengthen their floor defense.

Despite the tug-of-war third set, Bali Pure managed to extend the game. Special thanks to the amazing wonders of their defensive transitions.

The extended set was a major blow for the Purest Water Defenders as they massacred the Transformers by limiting them to just eight points.

Coming off a lack-luster performance in the fourth, Customs counterattack Bali Pure by putting Alyssa Valdez on the weak side and zooming to an 11-3 lead before a Lilet Mabbayad quick kill sent Transformers to the Shakey’s V League Reinforced Conference Finals.

Bali Pure falls to battle for the third and will face UST on Saturday followed by the championship game between Pocari and BOC.

Ginebra escapes Meralco; captures 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup Title

If there would be words to describe their championship run: NEVER SAY DIE.

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Photo Source: Fox Sports Asia

In front of thousands of basketball enthusiasts, the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel (BGSM) ends their 8-year title drought after turning down Meralco Bolts in a thrilling Game 6 via an emphatic game-winning three of Justin Brownlee, 91-88.

Down as much as 13 in the first half, Robert “Sonny” Jaworski, the author of their famous battle cry “Never Say Die”, made his way to the locker room to shed light and calm the nerves of the Kings.

According to Jaworski, the Kings were playing too tentative and uptight which made them fall under the Bolts’ trap in the first half.

After that half time break moment with the Big J, a rejuvenated Ginebra squad came out of the dug-out with recharged weapons and bullets on their pockets.

The Jawo Magic took effect in the middle of the third quarter as the pinched-sized Finals MVP, LA Tenorio, waxed hot with 20 points to fuel Ginebra’s run to chase and trim down Meralco’s lead.

It was a neck and neck battle for the two teams up to the last seconds of the ball game. Tied at 88, Allen Durham missed his could’ve been a game winning layup for Bolts before Brownlee buried a buzzer-beater three that sealed the deal for the famous franchise’s championship victory.

After a rollercoaster UAAP stint, Carmela Tunay continues to rise to volleyball stardom

She might have failed to bring back the glory to Espana, the former St. Paul College of Makati stand-out, Carmela Tunay, moves on and is now set to deliver her dazzling array of spikes to higher heights and professional leagues.

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Photo source: The Varsitarian – UST

Being one of the top guns of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, Tunay shares on how she found a home for her heart in volleyball.

“Yung sister ko siya talaga yung nag-vovolleyball and since captain siya that time, parang pinilit niya ako mag-try out together with my other sister at ayun, napamahal na ako agad sa volleyball.”

Some people say, “First lover never dies”, but the Makati native has to bid goodbye to her first major sport which is figure skating as she chooses to dive into a new sea of experience and unleash her amazing volleyball prowess inside the hard court.

“Nag-eenjoy ako na meron akong ibang company and yung learning process sa volleyball sobrang healthy kase you learn from your coaches, your teammates, your experiences unlike sa figure skating, parang extra-research ka talaga sa sarili mo.” Tunay explained.

Playing in front of an electric and thousands of boisterous fans, Mela as she is affectionally called by her friends, manages to focus and not to succumb under the pressure brought by the popularity of volleyball.

“Yung pressure, yun na nga sa sobrang laki na g volleyball, meron siyang advantages sa part namin in a way na kailangan namin i-improve yung craft namin sa paglalaro para makapag-give back na rin.” Mela stated.

Hard work really makes the dream work as for the former UST stalwart says that it is really hard to become a student-athlete. Juggling school and volleyball is not an easy thing to do but eventually, Tunay does it for the love of the sport.

“Siguro tanim muna tayo ng passion sa volleyball or sa kahit anong sport kase eventually, doon na yun tutubo eh. Kapag gusto mo talaga at passionate ka sa sport, darating na yung discipline, yung sacrifices. Sobrang lahat magstart yun sa passion, sa sipag, and siyempre for the love of the sport.”