ATENEO de Iloilo (ADI) Grade School Basketball Team got into the championship game last September 24 in the Milo Best Center SBP/Passerelle Provincial Tournament Small Basketeers Philippines (SBP) Division for the 17th consecutive year.
To recall, the Ateneo Grade School SBP Team have been champions for 15 straight years (2001-2015) but gave up the crown last year to Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI).
This year, only three teams participated in the SBP Division, HSCI, ADI-SMCS, and University of San Agustin (USA). In the first round of eliminations, Ateneo defeated USA, 38-32, on opening day but lost to HSCI, 34-39. Ateneo swept the second round thru upset wins over USA, 36-33, and HSCI, 24-18, to claim first place after eliminations with a 3-1 win-loss record. Hua Siong placed second with a 2-2 slate in the standings to set the stage for another ADI-HSCI championship game for the 5th consecutive year. The result was a 51-30 blowout win for the heavily favored Hua Siong squad.
ATENEO de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA) is all set to hold the Ateneo Big Blue Run this Sunday, July 23, 6 a.m., at the Iloilo Megaworld Business Park.
The 5-year-old event offers 3K and 6K running categories. Registration fee of PhP400 (which includes free Ateneo dri-fit shirt) may be processed at the Ateneo Administration building in Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City every afternoon. Walk-in runners may register at 5 a.m. in the assembly area on July 23.
“It is open to all sports enthusiasts who would want to sprint to win, jog for a cause, tread with friends—or do all and more,” said organizer and alumna Mary Anne Therese Menchavez, adding “this is our way of igniting our Santa Marian-Atenean spirit through a project that will support further the school’s scholarship program.”
(Delivered by Albert Bofill, SHS student of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS Section 12 Servire, during the weekly SHS Flag Rites held in the school gymnasium, July 10, 2017)
To offer a hand to those in need. To compassionately aid all living things. To show empathy and mercy. Servire, not just selfless service but service that is filled with compassion.
To Father Joseph Haw of the Society of Jesus, our School president, Dr. Herman Lagon, our associate principal, Maam Rosario Dordas, Director for Formation, to the faculty and staff, and to my fellow Ateneans, good morning.
Service. Time and time again we have encountered, or at the very least, have been reminded regarding this concept. May it be through a particular section’s name, the huge kneeling statue in front of Nong Bernard’s impenetrable fortress, or maybe through the beautiful voices of my ever-so talented classmates who just sang the “Prayer for Generosity.” It is clear. There’s no need for an argument. You, you, and even you at the back. We are all no strangers to service.