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Superstitious alumni continue to avoid watching UST games live at venues



Tiebreaker Times Superstitious alumni continue to avoid watching UST games live at venues News UAAP UST Volleyball  UST Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Mela Tunay Eya Laure EJ Laure

Athletes can be some of the most superstitious sorts, as some former UST Golden Tigresses can attest.

As the current Tigresses continue their historic run in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, some alumni have refused to take part in the electric atmosphere the UST community generates in the arena.

Ej Laure, the older sister of rookie Eya, has not gone to any venue since she watched UST’s losses to La Salle and Ateneo.

“Ayaw ko siyang manood kasi minsan na lang siya manood, hindi pa maganda ‘yung resulta,” Eya quipped. “Pabiro ko lang ‘yun.”


The younger Laure scored a career-high 25 points in the Golden Tigresses’ Finals clincher against La Salle, Sunday evening, in front of a raucous UST crowd.

“Wala lang. For fun lang naman ‘yun kasi sabi ko, ‘Ate, minsan ka na lang manood, panget pa resulta, ‘di man lang kami nanalo.’ Parang na-realize niya din,” said Eya, adding that Ej might watch a Finals game.

“Pwede na siguro siya manood… Depende pa!”

There are plenty of other UST alums who do not watch games, in fear of bringing bad luck.

“Nakakatuwa lang yung mga bata, sabi na, ‘Ate, nood kayo, walang malas’, ganyan. Pero jino-joke ko na gift na namin yun sa kanila,” said Mela Tunay.

“Basta, sabi ko ‘di ako manonood ng crucial games.”

According to Tunay, Chloe Cortez is also staying at home to watch games. Jessey De Leon and Rhea Dimaculangan were part of the group but proved her luck as she watched Sunday’s win.

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Meanwhile, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas is considered a lucky charm.

“Si Nang Aiza, yun talaga swerte or kasi madalas talaga sya yung nanonood.”

Whether they’ll watch UST’s first Finals appearance since 2011, Tunay and the rest of the alumni are still uncertain.

“Pero super gusto namin manood talaga.

“Bahala na. Game One siguro. Para sure,” Tunay closed.

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.