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Full transcript: Ayo, Fr. Marquez speech during Letran’s celebration



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By: Joaqui Flores and Matthew Li
Yesterday, former Letran head coach Aldin Ayo made one last appearance at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila to bid farewell to the CSJL community.

Here is the full transcript of Ayo’s farewell speech:

Father Rector, all the Fathers, Father Vic, the players, alumni, the students, the teachers, the whole Letran community. Good evening.

Well, hindi ko alam kung ano ang sasabihin ko, kung magcecelebrate tayo o ano. Pero, una kong sasabihin: it’s been a month na nanalo tayo and personally, I haven’t celebrated this championship yet. Right after the championship, puro trabaho, puro trabaho and hindi ko naramdaman kasi puro trabaho.

And doon sa mga times na nag-iisip ako at lahat, isa lang ang namiss ko: namiss ko ‘yung team ko. That’s why bumalik ako dito, Kaya lang hindi lang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na mabuo kami. Tuwing hinahanap ko ‘yung mga players ko, hinahanap ko ‘yung coaching staff [and] the rest. During those times na hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko, alam ko na ang makakausap ko lang ‘yung players eh. Kasi, doon sa the whole campaign, doon sa giyera na pinuntahan namin, heto ‘yung mga kasama ko. And hindi rin kami nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na magkausap-usap.
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So, ayaw ko magsabi ng kung anu-ano. I’ll go straight to the point: next year I won’t be around and kung magtatanong kayo sa akin kung ano ang dahilan, it’s very personal. And these [personal] reasons siguro, when we won a championship, pare, players and the rest, nakuha ko na. I gained everything. Pero hours lang, isip ko, nawala din sa akin lahat eh. So iyon, iyon ang reason and nagkaroon ng mga.. umuwi ako at siguro burned out din. Kasi iyon nga, walang time to celebrate from it and ayon, namiss ko lahat and actually I decided not to come back here in Manila. Sabi ko, okay na ako dito sa Sorsogon. Okay naman dito, buhay probinsiya kasi isang bagay na hirap na hirap ko ‘yung lifestyle dito sa Manila kasi hindi ako sanay dito.

And halos nagdecide na talaga ako na di na ako babalik dito. I talked to Coach Austin na ikaw ang bahala diyan. Although Coach Austin decided also not to come back, uuwi rin daw siya ng Sorsogon.

Last Monday lang, nagcontact sa akin ‘yung La Salle and isip ko, sabi ko pag-isipan ko. Pero, inisip ko naman, sabi ko ano gagawin ko dito sa Sorsogon? Magmumukmok ako dito o anong gagawin ko dito? Then sabi ko, subukan ko and kinausap ako at nangyari ‘yun. Umoo ako sa kanila kasi inisip ko new enviroment, new opportunity [and] the rest. And believe me, nag-oo ako sa kanila na hindi nga namin napag-usapan kung anu-ano. I just said yes. Walang napag-usapan kung magkano o ano.

So it’s not about the money.Don’t ever think about that because I myself have enough. Simple lang naman lifestyle ko. Probinsiyano ako at okay na ako doon. Then, hindi totoo kung ano ang nababasa niyo and it’s not even about politics. I know this is not the right time to say it and I’m not gonna say it. Pero, wait for it, second week of December because I’m going to make an announcement. Pero, it’s not about politics.

And lastly, I will always be a Letranite. I will always come back here. I will always help the team and everything that I do, I will always make Letran proud because I love Letran. I started here and sinabi ko na ibabalik ko dito ‘yung mga binigay sa akin and I will continue doing that. So, pray for me and I will still be here, I’m going to help the team, I’m going to help Letran, I’m always here for Letran.

Arriba Letran! Thank you very much.

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Letran is celebrating her 395th anniversary! Let us rejoice and be glad!

“Victory rests with the Lord” (Prov 21:31)

We began the week by commemorating the feast ofour prominent alumnus, San Vicente Liem dela Paz, Letranite, Dominican, martyr. His life and example is fitting witness to Letran’s ideals – neither death, nor defeat can shake our faith in God who is our reward, our victory!

It is also in this spirit that we are gathered here – to honor the Letran Knights for winning the senior’s basketball championship of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the year 2015, and bringing home this 17th title to Letran. As always, we glorify God!

“But my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declared the Lord (Isa 55:8)

Now, our triumph is tempered by tears, our joy is mixed with sorrow. Our beloved coach, Aldin Ayo, an outstanding Letran alumnus, is bidding us “farewell,” in order to coach for another school, in another league, for reasons most personal and professional. And with hearts, heavy but honorable still, we will let him go, wish him the best, keep his name in holy and grateful memory.

So we embrace this “parting of ways,” as part of God’s thoughts and ways.

Of course, there will be questions, pointed and painful, sad and severe, angry and anxious.

But Letran will stay the course. We will always do what is right, what is true, what is good. Let our battle cry “All Filipino! All Heart! Continue to ring out, with pride and passion and principled living.

We will be true champions – knights in shining armor – defending our honor, defining this as our moment of glory, promoting the true spirit of amateur sports – our pure “love for the game,” abiding by the rules and ethis of fair play competition, extending and earning respect from our colleagues, always courteous to opponents, committed only to the greater good of our student-athletes, our coaches and trainers, our alumni and fans.

Through sports and beyond sports, Letran shall commit to seeking and finding, among our young people, especially the poor, the next champion Letranites, the next “Aldin Ayo,” providing them with the opportunity to elevate their life and learning to excel in their talents, and to educate them in what matters most, in love and loyalty, in our always already enshrined ideals of “Deus, Patria, Letran!”

And we call upon the people of God, most especially our fellow institutions of higher learning, in the NCAA and in other leagues, to join us in this journey, summoning all our school spirits behind Animo! Bravo! Go! Fight! Viva! Fuego! Mabuhay! and ARRIBA! Let us launch this crusade of promoting and protecting the best interest of amateur sports. Let us champion this cause, carry it with dignity, dedication and devotion, play fierce but play fair, run the race, keep the faith, and win the game called Life.

Siempre Arriba! Siempre Letran!


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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Marcus Elliott grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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