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Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 8

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment


University rankings: Find out how your school does!

MANILA, Philippines – Wondering which universities in the country have the most number of centers of excellence (COE) and centers of development (COD) awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)?

We compiled CHED’s memorandum orders on COEs and CODs released from 2012 to 2013, came up with an unofficial tally and ranked schools according to the combined number of their COEs and CODs. In this unofficial ranking, we assigned a point for each university’s COD, and two points for a COE.

COEs and CODs are higher education institutions with the highest degree or level of standards in the areas of instruction, research and extension. The COEs and CODs used in this unofficial ranking will all have their designations expired on May 31 according to CHED.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a commanding lead over other universities with 22 COEs or 44 points. The university has centers of excellence in biology, chemistry, geology, information technology, marine science, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, statistics, broadcasting, journalism, communication, music, foreign language, English, Filipino, Filipino and English literature, political science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics. UP Diliman has no COD.

Completing the top 10 are the following universities:

2. De La Salle University (25)

COE (9): biology, chemistry, information technology, mathematics, physics, teacher education, literature, Filipino, psychology
COD (7): chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, political science

3. University of Santo Tomas (24)

COE (7): biology, chemistry, medicine, nursing, teacher education, music, philosophy
COD (10): chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, journalism, literature, psychology


4. Ateneo de Manila University (23)

COE (10): business administration, chemistry, entrepreneurship education, information technology, mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature (English), psychology, sociology
COD (3): biology, environmental science, literature (Filipino)

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 7

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Five Philippine Schools in Top 300 Asian Universities

The Top 300 Universities in Asia was already revealed on Monday by QS University Rankings and 5 of the Philippine’s schools made it to the elite list of Asia’s best universities.

The Philippine schools who made it to the Top 300 are the UP, Ateneo, UST, DLSU and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP). The leading Philippine school is the University of the Philippines, the lone Philippine University in the Top 100, ranking at 67th in the list.

College 5 Asia

The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) ranked at 109th, the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) at 150th, De La Salle University (DLSU) at 151st-160th and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP) at 251st-300th.

The Philippines premier university the University of the Philippines (UP) improved by a notch from last year’s 68th place. The Ateneo slid from 86th, along with DLSU from 142nd. The UST also dropped from 148th place.

Topping the 2013 list of Top 300 Universities is the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and the Peking University in China.

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 6

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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UP and Ateneo’s University Rankings Worldwide 2014-2015 Improved

The worldwide rankings of the country’s premier educational institution, University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University improved a lot in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds (OS). The results of the latest worldwide university ranking was released on Tuesday, September 26, 2014.

The University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman Quezon City improved itsranking from 380th to this year’s ranking at 367th place worldwide. The bestranking of the University of the Philippines-Diliman was way back the year 2008, where it ranked at No. 262.

The Ateneo de Manila on its part also improved to 461-470 from the 2013-2014 rankings at 561-700. Other schools who made to the Worldwide University rankings from the Philippines are the De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Tomas, as it ranked at 650-and-below.

The DLSU dropped its rankings to 651-700 this year from its previous rankings at 601+ in 2013-2014, while the UST remained idle at 701. According to the latestUniversity Rankings worldwide, the National University of Singapore which is ranked at 22nd overall is considered as the highest-ranked Asian institution.

The top 10 universities in the world this year, according to QS, are:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
2. (tie) University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
4. Harvard University (United States)
5. (tie) University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and University College London (United Kingdom)
7. Stanford University (United States)
8. California Institute of Technology (United States)
9. Princeton University (United States)
10. Yale (United States)

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 5

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

College Rankings


UP, Ateneo, La Salle in world university rankings for subjects

MANILA, Philippines – Three of the top universities in the country were included in the list of best schools in the world, excelling in English language and literature, based on a 2013 survey released by a London-based research institution.

The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University made it to the top 200 schools in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking by Subject 2013.

The report showed UP and Ateneo in the top 51-100 schools for English language and literature.

La Salle was in the top 101-150 for the same subject, while Ateneo was also in the top 151-200 in the global ranking for modern languages.

UP, on the other hand, was in the top 151-200 schools for agriculture and forestry. Its ranking, however, slipped to 348th from 332nd in the previous list.

Ateneo de Manila also slid to the 451-500 bracket from being ranked 360th. De La Salle University dropped to the 601+ bracket from 551-600 bracket.

The global university ranking by subject was based on assessments of academics and employers of university graduates.

This year, the company rated 2,858 schools but only ranked 678 institutions.

US schools led the rankings in most subjects, with Harvard University topping 10 disciplines.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the list of best universities, ranking first in seven subjects, followed by the University of California-Berkeley, Oxford University and Cambridge.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 4

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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Companies Still Favor Graduates of Top 8 Universities

MANILA, Philippines – If you are a graduate from one of the top eight universities in the country, you have higher chance of getting hired, according to report from in the new Jobs and Salary Report that has been launched recently.

In the 2015 report, companies in the Philippines still place high importance on which university the graduates come from. 71-percent of the companies who responded to Jobstreet survey said that it was an important factor when considering applicants. This year’s result though lower by 6-percent against the 2014 percentage still shows employers favor graduates from UP, UST, La Salle, Ateneo, and government schools such as PLM, PNU, and PUP.

Here are the Top 8 Universities in the Philippines that lead 2015 Jobstreet Survey of Schools that Matter to Employers:

1. University of the Philippines
2. University of Santo Tomas
3. De La Salle University / Ateneo de Manila University
4. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
5. Mapua Institute of Technology
6. Far Eastern University
7. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila/Adamson University
8. University of the East / Philippine Normal University / Technological Institute of the Philippines

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is considered a big game-changer in the list of top universities in terms of ‘hireability’ next to Big Four UP, UST, DLSU and ADMU.

While the alumni of the top universities can take pride on the fact that they are favored by most companies, graduates of other institutions should still be confident about lending a job.

Companies say they will still hire applicants even if they did not come from those choice universities as long as “the candidate is trainable/willing to be trained,” and “the candidate fulfills requirements needed for the job.”

In addition, the’s 2015 Jobs and Salary Report for Fresh Graduates said that out of the 450 companies that participated in their survey, 80% of employers recommended highlighting college internships.

The report also said that 52% preferred applicants who already had part-time jobs, while 50% still give importance to a decent — if not impressive — collegiate report card.

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 3

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

College Paid More


UP, Ateneo, La Salle grads hired faster, paid more

by Jojo Malig,

MANILA, Philippines – Graduates of the top 3 educational institutions in the Philippines are hired faster and paid more by employers, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

The NSCB, in a new report citing a Graduate Tracer Study made by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), said graduates of the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University have a significant head start in their careers compared to graduates of other colleges and universities nationwide.

Of the “Big 3,” UP graduates were the fastest to find work but were paid a smaller starting salary compared to Ateneo or La Salle graduates.

UP graduates only waited an average of 1.8 month to find work and had a mean income per month of a little over P9,700.

De La Salle graduates actively looked for a job for an average of 2.4 months but got a mean income per month of almost P11,900.

Ateneo graduates, meanwhile, spend an average of 2.9 months looking for work and had a mean income per month of around P 10,100.

In comparison, graduates of other private sectarian universities spent almost 4 months looking for work and got a mean oncome of P8,388.

Graduates of private non-sectarian schools, meanwhile, spent 4.4 months looking for work and had a mean income of just 8,202.

Meanwhile, graduates of local colleges and universities, other state unuversities, and non-profit educational institutions spent as much as an average of 6 months looking for work and were paid far less than graduates of the “Big 3″ schools.

NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert cited the 1999 CHED data in his report released Friday on whether education is in sync with the country’s labor conditions and needs.

“The 1999 GTS suggests that graduates from the three premier HEIs in the country, namely, the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and Ateneo de Manila University, have triple plus points: lower waiting time to join the job market from the time of graduation; higher employment rates; and higher income,” he said.

“About half of the respondents to the study land jobs within 6 months after graduation, and about one percent of them do not have jobs even 2 years after their graduation,” he added.

“Chief among the reported reasons why the college graduates surveyed for the 1999 GTS find difficulty getting jobs are lack of job opportunities, and unsatisfactory salaries or opportunities for advancement in jobs,” Albert said.

He raised the need to conduct a new GTS to determine if supply from higher education meets the demands of the labor market.

‘Choosy graduates’

Citing a 2006-2011 set of data from the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the National Statistics Office, Albert said college graduates account for at least 18 percent of the total unemployed in the country.

Most of the college graduates who are not working earned degrees on medical courses, trade, craft and industrial programs, engineering and architectural programs, he said.

In comparision, Bureau of Labor Employment Statistics (BLES) data indicate that the top 3 “hard-to-fill” job vacancies from January 2009 to June 2010 include accountants and auditors, electronics and communications engineers, and systems analysts and designers.

“The top 3 reasons why vacancies are hard to fill were: 1) applicants lack needed competency/skill; 2) applicants expect a high salary; and 3) applicants lack years of experience,” he explained.

He said this jibes with the CHED’s 1999 GTS that shows jobless college graduates seem to be “choosy” in seeking jobs.

Albert said 2 in 5 unemployed graduate say they are jobless because of the following reasons: there is no job opening in field of specialization; no interest in getting a job; starting pay is low; and, no job opening within the vicinity of residence.

“The GTS clearly has a wealth of information that are useful in designing policies that put education in sync with employment,” he said.

Albert told they are still waiting for the results of a new 2012 GTS that was commissioned to DLSU.

“The CHED appears to have conducted the GTS last year, and I look forward to examining the results,” he said.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 2

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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Jobstreet: More employers prefer graduates from top universities

Manila, Philippines—Fresh graduates from top Metro Manila schools have a better chance of landing a job, a recent survey of employment search engine Philippines revealed.

The survey conducted by for Fresh graduate Employability showed that most companies in the Philippines still look on which university the graduates come from.

Among 400 companies surveyed, 77 percent of the respondents said they prioritize graduates from University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University (DLSU).

The survey, however, said, graduates from other universities should still be confident in landing a job as 94 percent of companies said they would still hire applicants even if they did not come from the top four universities. quoted a Human Resource practitioner saying, “So long as they are able to communicate in English, are trainable and dedicated to work hard, they will still be considered even if they don’t graduate from top universities.”

This, after the survey also indicated that  graduates from state-run universities such as Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Philippine Normal University (PNU), and Polytechnic University of the Philippines are also considered by employers.

According to Jobstreet, employers said fresh graduates need to highlight their internship experience, their grades and extra-curricular activities on their resume to make up of their lack of experience and have higher chances of being hired.

It, however, said that while some employers were open to hiring fresh graduates, some expressed concern about “fresh graduates leaving the job after being trained, [with] poor communication skills, [and with] unrealistic salary expectations.” said that in 2013, 83 percent of companies hired fresh graduates.


Ateneo de Manila University’s ACET 2015 out January 10, 2015 as promised

January 9, 2015 Leave a comment


results will be posted here :

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screen cap of the Ateneo website as of January 9, 2015

the results will also be posted at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym on January 10 at 8 am. we will be posting pictures here.

the scene at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym at 8:05 am today. yes the results are out!





UP’s UPCAT 2015 Results out “soon” and Ateneo’s ACET 2015 results on Janaury 10

January 7, 2015 Leave a comment

according to the Ateneo De Manila University admissions office they will post the ACET 2015 results at the Blue Eagle Gym at its Loyola Heights campus on Saturday, January 10 at 8 am. they will post the results online at 12 noon the same day.

for University of the Philippines’ UPCAT 2015 results, the website says they will post the results online “soon”, no specific date announced. click here to go to the site:


UPCAT 2015


new ACET 2014 schedule released

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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the meaning of imelda marcos to the Ateneo

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

this picture of imelda marcos attending an ateneo event circulated on the internet yesterday, sunday. the event was the Ateneo Scholarship Fund (ASF) 40th year anniversary celebration at the ateneo. it was held saturday, june 5, 2014.

the above picture immediately got very strong reactions mostly from ateneans – all of it negative. the picture must have gone viral.

by the late afternoon, ateneo de manila president issued an apology for inviting imelda to the university for the event and reassuring the community  :

More importantly, I would like to reaffirm that we have not forgotten the darkness of those years of dictatorship and that we will not compromise on our principles in forming those who would leas this nation, striving at all times to be ‘constantly true’ to ourselves and to our God

in part, fr. villarin’s apology letter reads as follows:

“Please know that in the education of our youth, the Ateneo de Manila will never forget the Martial Law years of oppression and injustice presided over by Mr. Ferdinand Marcos.

We will not be catching up on nation building as we are today, had it not been for all that was destroyed during that terrible time.

While not an official school arm, the ASF has been a source of many scholarships ever since its inception. The event last Saturday was a social one and, in spite of the visit of Mrs. Marcos, the evening was really a celebration of our scholars, the foundation’s scholarship programs, and the generosity of countless benefactors over the last 40 years.

I apologize for any doubts that may have arisen on the mission of the school and the pain this event may have caused. As I hope for your understanding, I would like to assure you that we in the administration have learned our lesson to be more mindful of those we invite in our celebrations.

More importantly, I would like to reaffirm that we have not forgotten the darkness of those years of dictatorship and that we will not compromise on our principles in forming those who would leas this nation, striving at all times to be ‘constantly true’ to ourselves and to our God.”

the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation website does not mention the role of Imelda Marcos at its formation. fr. villarin in his letter of apology mentioned that Imelda was invited to the 40th anniversary of the ASF as the “ASF began with a donation from the proceeds of a Van Cliburn piano concert that was organized by her in 1974

view website here : (

ASF History

learnings on social media :

  • the ateneo incident is one more example that social media in the philippines has impact
  • the event was on a saturday, the pictures went viral next day, sunday. then the apology letter was released on sunday afternoon.
  • that was very quick – netizens got a response in just a day. this should be a record of sorts
  • it says social media can make a difference
  • it also says it pays that institutions like the Ateneo is connected to social media. ateneo obviously was connected to twitter and its quick response put the issue to rest. that is rare in the philippines. kudos to ateneo!


Ateneo entrance exam results ACET 2014 released, now available online, posted at campus

January 11, 2014 Leave a comment

ACET results available online now, click here  :


screen cap of that link:

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2014 ACET

senator pia cayetano on new UAAP rule on residency : “unconstitutional; unjust and cruel to athletes”

March 9, 2013 Leave a comment

we are posting in full statement by senator pia cayetano:

Dear UAAP Board,

Many athletes, former athletes, and parents of athletes are in an uproar over the recent decision of the UAAP board to require graduating high school students to sit out 2 years if they come from a UAAP high school and go to a different UAAP college.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the 2-year residency requirement for other than to curtail the freedom of the young athlete to choose the college where he wants to study and play?

In the USA, transferring college athletes have a 1-year residency rest before they can play for their new school – only 1 year, and it doesn’t apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college. The 1-year residency rule requires an athlete to sit out one year of competition because transferring student-athletes suffer academically over time. The year-in-residence is meant to help the athlete acclimatize to the new school and adjust academics-wise. [1] So what’s your 2-year rule for?

A student-athlete’s choice of university is influenced not only by athletics, but also by academics, campus life, and personal situation [2], and the 2-year residency encumbers their freedom of choice.

In my humble opinion as an athlete, a parent of both a college and a high school athlete, and a lawyer, the 2-year residency that is currently applied to transferring college students, as well as any residency rule for high school students, deny athletes of their rights to develop their full potential. It goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports especially among our youth, and is an unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice as well as academic freedom to choose which college to enter into.

Section 19, Article 14, of the 1987 Constitution states that:

“(1) The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”

Will the new rule help achieve this?

To excel in sports, one needs to be in constant training of both the body and the mind. Do you know what it’s like for an athlete to sit out two seasons? Athletes thrive on competition. That’s what gets us going. That’s what all the hard training is about. Its what makes it all worth while. To make an athlete sit out two seasons? That just kills the dream. Para sa isang atleta, para mo na ring sinabi na wag ka na lang maglaro. Is this what you want to achieve? Seriously?

I am against any kind of residency rule for graduating high school students. For transferring college students, the 1 year residency rule will suffice. Anything more than that is injustice to an athlete.

I will end this letter by citing a provision in our Bill of Rights against cruel and unjust punishment. For an athlete, this 2 year residency rule is cruel and unjust punishment!

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read : new UAAP rule on residency is unjust, unfair and harms high school athletes

new UAAP rule on residency is unjust, unfair and harms high school athletes

March 8, 2013 1 comment

social media was ablaze in the last few days on this new rule of the UAAP on residency:

HIGH school players who will transfer to another UAAP school in college will now have to wait for two years before becoming eligible to play in the league.

The UAAP board on Tuesday approved the recommendation of its amendments committee to increase the residency requirements for transferring high school players from one year to two years.

The new rule, which got the vote of the board during its regular monthly, meeting will take effect immediately and will cover the current batch of graduating high school players in the UAAP.

source :

apparently this rule was invented as a reaction to the recruitment war between the Ateneo and FEU on a star high school player of FEU, a two-time MVP in the high school league.

( read here : and here

we think the new rule is all wrong :

  • this new rule benefits only the UAAP schools, not anyone else, not the high school athletes and not the league. and the benefit to the schools is just temporary, all it does is delay the playing time and does not totally protect the schools from losing their top high school players to other schools. the obvious intent of the new rule is to prevent or strongly discourage high school athletes from moving to another school for college.  it’s a selfish, misguided rule just for the benefit of the schools.
  • it does the most harm to the high school athletes as they are unjustly deprived of playing the sport they love and have labored for for another year. the one year residency to begin with is wrong and extending it for another year makes it doubly wrong.  these high school athletes have been competing, honing and practicing their skills throughout high school and to many it started during their grade school days, this rule puts a two-year stop to that regimen, to that success formula. any athlete know that sustained and continued playing time, specially in competition play and training are key to sports greatness. all athletes know – you stop competitive playing and you don’t improve and to some lose some of your skills while others who continue progress more.
  • putting in place rules that have the effect of barring or impeding a high school student from pursuing his college education in the school of his choice is wrong and immoral, specially if this is being done just to protect the school’s college sports program.  the fact is schools have differing quality of education, the same as having differing quality of sports programs. high school students, including athletes choose the best that they can have (and afford). putting in barriers for the students to choose the best or better education and sports program is wrong for the schools to do so.
  • it does not make sense that the league is stopping high school students from pursuing greater things for their education and the sport they love.
  • the new rule does not make the UAAP league any better nor does it do anything positive to sports, all it does is give the schools some kind of fake psychological benefit.
  • the new rule is definitely discriminatory against universities who do not have coed high schools like la salle and ateneo. this will mean their women recruits for the women sports in the UAAP sill need to wait it out for two years. not having female students in their high schools automatically mean they will need to recruit from high school girls.

there is something very wrong with UAAP schools looking for ways to improve their chances at winning games in the league not by improving their sports programs but by imposing rules that discriminate other schools and do nothing but harm high school athletes.

winning UAAP games is best done by winning in the courts during games, not in meeting rooms by creating unfair, discriminatory, harmful and selfish self serving rules. this new UAAP rule does not help the league in any way, all it does is hurt the future and dreams of high school athletes.

read more here : Twitter ablaze as #NewUAAPRule stuns UAAP fans

sports photography – just one or two more seconds for the money picture shot!

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

the alternate title – damn it’s hard to take sports shots! sub-title – specially if you do not have the camera and lens for it.

those are things we knew before but got confirmed when we actually tried it.

the football match was between the juniors teams of Ateneo and FEU at the Ateneo football field for the UAAP. given that we did not have the right camera and lens for sports shots, the expectations for great pictures were intentionally set very low.

sports photography is probably one of the few types where you do need really specialized cameras and lenses. you need a fast camera, a fast and very long lens (telephoto or zoom)  and one that can take many multiple shots one after the other with each shot perfectly focused. these types of cameras and lenses will cost easily more than $100,000 versus the camera and lens we used which was a fraction of that cost.

but we took the pictures anyway.

we wanted to capture a a specific shot – one that an Ateneo striker kicking a ball past the  FEU goal keeper. i was hoping that the picture will show the ball just passing through the goal keeper.  the shots we got were multiple shots and resulted to some nice pictures of the ball getting kicked, sailing to the goal keeper and then passed the goal keeper down deep into the net for a goal.

but no shot where the ball just passing the goal keeper. we missed that shot by a mere one or two seconds!

nice try, better luck next time.


photo #1 : ateneo player prepares to kick the ball into the net. feu goal keeper prepares himself to defend

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photo # 2: football sails through the air after the ateneo player kicks it

photo #3 : well in this space is supposed to be the shot we wanted to record – the ball sailing just past the goal keeper. but the camera motor failed me as it was unable to take the shot. we swear our finger was continuously pressing the shutter button!

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photo #4: it’s a goalllllllll! football hits the net as FEU goal keeper looks at it and the Ateneo player runs back to his team mates to celebrate.

the other thing we experienced was the need to stalk the play of the game. we intended to take a goal shot and we needed to read the game and get ready to take the shot when the goal was supposed to be made. looking at the viewfinder the whole time to follow the flow of the game didn’t work. we needed to remove the camera from our eye to watch the game. and as soon as a developing goal was about to be made, that’s when you put the camera up to your eye.

these were lucky photo shots as we were able to read the play correctly and a goal was made. but, those one to two seconds delay didn’t allow us to achieve our goal.

oh well, that is what happens to amateur sports photographers with amateur cameras and lenses. (insert laughter here)

Ateneo October, 2012 1BIG5 Bonfire Celebration In Pictures

October 14, 2012 1 comment







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UAAP 75 finals Ateneo-UST game 2 : if Ateneo wins, referees are in to it, if UST wins, referees are fair

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

referees favoring Ateneo Blue Eagles in game 1 of the UAAP 75 finals was what made UST lose, that was according to UST growling tigers coach pido jarencio. coach pido also said something about the Ateneo players or was it the Blue Eagles’ coach Norman Black being able to speak good English and by implication UST growling tigers’ being poor at it had played a role in their loss. we did not understand how proficiency in speaking English mattered during the game, we hardly saw the Ateneo and UST players say anything during the game it being basketball and not a debate but that was how coach pido saw it.

no surprise to us since much of what coach pido said didn’t really make sense to us.

we didn’t think the Ateneo Blue Eagles won the game because of the referees or that they spoke better English, it was because coach pido did not adjust his team’s game play on the 3rd quarter of the game. the Ateneo Blue Eagles were down at the end of the 2nd half on account of too many unforced errors, poor defense and generally poor shooting. but the whole complexion of the game changed during he 3rd quarter as the Blue Eagles went on a shooting rampage and clamped the Growling Tigers on defense when it had a fantastic 17-0 ran in that quarter.

we think coach pido was unable to read the change in play employed by the blue eagles in the 3rd quarter both on offense and defense. unable to read the play meant he missed out on changing the play for his own team.

the UST growling tigers concentrated so much defense muscle on greg slaughter, often three players guarding him that other blue eagle players became free to score on the offense. one notable blue eagle was nico salva who shot his career best in that game. salva simply toyed around with the UST defense and took shots from his favorite spots, made his favorite shots plus others.

salva is the kind of player who is very low key – simple shots taken in a very muted way unlike kiefer ravena and greg slaughter. kiefer ravena is an explosive and impressive player. he makes these fantastic shots and fantastic moves that you can’t help but notice he is doing well in a game. slaughter because of his height and position is also as noticeable but in a different way. because slaughter is an imposing center, you will notice it if he is doing well in a game as he will always make his shots look easy under the ring and make you wonder why the defense can’t stop him.

salva just makes the regular jump shot and the occasional lay-up with very little fanfare and muted style. but the difference is that salva is one hell of an efficient player. his almost boring style makes him unnoticed by coaches and other players and coach pido and the growling tigers were no exception in game 1.

salva is the player that just creeps into the game unnoticed mostly. and when he gets into a scoring rhythm, he can carry that throughout the game.

but apparently coach pido did not notice these things. he did not change the game play on defense and continued to pour in effort and manpower on slaughter. slaughter on his part very smartly accepted it but looked for the open man when three UST players were on him.

if coach pido paid attention to the game, he would have realized the defense he put on salva was doing a bad job at it. salva was able to get away from his defense in almost any spot a few feet away from the ring.

coach pido was also obviously unable to find the correct player mix to get their offense going. UST is made up of great shooters but the combination coach pido put in simply didn’t click. the growling tigers tried but they were unsuccessful in putting shots in that they had zero points for a stretch of around 7 to 10 minutes during the 3rd quarter.

having zero points for that long a time may be a function of the defense put up by Ateneo. Ateneo is one of the best defensive teams in the league but we did not see any new plays put up by the Ateneo crew on defense. UST had zero points in that period not because Ateneo had put up a great defense, it was just that the combination of players in the court for UST did not work well. we think the UST players became shell shocked by the juggernaut offense of the Blue Eagles that they lost confidence and found themselves unable to shoot.

so what will happen in game 2? well we think coach pido will once again say after the game that the Ateneans were favored by the referees if UST loses the game tomorrow. it’s a very convenient and easy excuse to make for coach pido. of course if UST wins tomorrow, coach pido will conveniently forget his referees for Ateneo charge and just say his players did it all.

there is something about the blue eagles that we have noticed – they win most of their games due to their 3rd quarter performance. things simply change for the blue eagles on the 3rd quarter. they can be doing badly (as they did in game 1 with UST) in the 1st and 2nd quarters but when they come out of the half huddle, they make the adjustments in their play and recover in the 3rd quarter. the blue eagles are almost always a completely different team when they come out to the court during the 3rd quarter. it’s like a miracle happens in the dugout during the half time break that they discover the secret formula to win the game.

to us, that secret formula is coach norman black. black we think is the best coach in the league. he is to us the Great Adjuster. black is able to see things so well and is brilliant at making the adjustments he needs to make in offense and defense in the 3rd quarter to win the game. the Ateneo Blue Eagles is made up of very good players, both its first five and the bench crews. among his first five, we know ravena, salva and slaughter can win games plus add to that the bench like buenafe, golla and elorde and that makes a potent team.

but having great players is not enough. you need an even greater coach who can analyze games as they evolve and think up of changes in offense and defense plays and get the combination of players that work. many of the teams in the UAAP, like the UST growling tigers, have many great players just like Ateneo but the advantage of the blue eagles is that they have norman black to make it all work well and adjust to win games.

and as we have seen in game 1, coach pido jarencio is no coach norman black.

makes in offense or defense play and player combinations

professors of 3 of the top universities, Ateneo, La Salle and University Of The Phlippines support the rh bill

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

ateneo’s 1BIG5 versus the world at UAAP 75

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

round 1  is done at the UAAP 75 seniors basketball tournament and we know the top four – 1.  ateneo blue eagles,  2. FEU tamaraws, 3. UST growling tigers and 4. NU bulldogs in that order.

the top four is important as the teams that land in those go to the semi finals after round 2. among the top four, the top two are even more important as these two teams enjoy the twice to beat advantage where their opponents, those in the 3rd and 4th place will need to beat them twice to advance to the finals.

the big story here is on the defending champion, the ateneo blue eagles who has won the uaap seniors basketball tournament four consecutive years in the last four years. this year, should ateneo win again will be it’s 5th consecutive year which will make history in the 75 year old competition.

winning consecutive years in a collegiate team sports competition is very, very difficult as the nature of the competition is that all the teams lose their players every four years as they graduate from college. to win consecutively will mean the team needs to keep training new recruits throughout the years and sustain a system. the reality is each team will need to look for new stars as the current stars graduate.

the question now is can the ateneo blue eagles make it to 1BIG5?

ateneo is in the top spot after round 1 as it has maintained it’s key star players in greg slaughter a leading center in the league, keifer ravena the “phenom” guard and the reliable nico salva a forward. the other important advantage of the ateneo team is they have a long list of second stringers. if the first stringers under perform, they can field in their 2nd stringers who can very well compensate for the weakness.

the UST growling tigers was touted by ateneo coach norman black the team to beat in this tournament but it has faltered somewhat as it is now at 3rd position, tied with FEU. NU bulldogs was also expected to be at the top 2 but other teams have found a way to counter its stars in the team.

looking at the standings, the conclusion is that the stronger team is the one that does not rely on only one star player. FEU, UST and NU are teams that rely too much on only 1 star player while ateneo has more than one that make a difference in games.

will it be history or bust for the ateneo blue eagles? tell us what you think and vote:

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