A Testimonial of School Pride and Lasallian Grit

The unveiling of the 1st NCAA Juniors Basketball marker at the St. Benilde Gym last December 19, 2018 dovetailed with this school year’s theme, Grow in Grit, Give Help, Go Higher.

Grow in Grit. The road to the championship is never easy. This the La Salle Green Hills Greenies know very well. The regular trainings not only require physical strength from each of them; the inner resolve to endure the pressure and to ascertain that they strike a balance between their performance in the court with that in the classroom is one herculean task. Collectively in the end they triumphed in beckoning their formidable Lasallian spirit and brought pride to the school by giving its first NCAA Juniors Basketball Championship title.

Give Help. Being in the collegiate basketball team provides aspiring athletes to further hone and to showcase their talents. And eventually to be able to share these with others.  The LSGH Greenies unanimously claim they could not have done it without the support of the Lasallian community and its partners. Every game played is a tribute to their alma mater. Every shout and cheer from the Green crowd is an ode for the athletes. Every game is a synergy of sowing and reaping. The coaching team saw to it that their young mentees sowed devotion and discipline in trainings. The mentees reaped confidence and competence. The school sowed support from sports program development to academic assistance to crowd presence during games. La Salle Green Hills reaped the pride as 93rd NCAA champs.  

The alumni did not tail behind in extending assistance. Always in every game one would eye former LSGH students on the bleachers. Mr. Juanito Gervacio and Mr. Lito Tanjuatco of the LSGH Primus Batch and members of the 1st NCAA LSGH team, graced the unveiling ceremony, and entertained the young Lasallians with their own share of basketball stories from decades hence.

 Former LSGH president Br. Felipe Belleza Jr. FSC, an avid Greenies fan, is one familiar figure among the team.  Being a sportsman himself, Br. Felipe never fails to share his wisdom and presence to group.

Parent-partner Mr. Frank Lao generously extended his long-standing regard for the school in general and for the Greenies in particular by donating financial aid to the sports program development of the institution. Surely the amount will benefit other Lasallians who share the same passion for sports. That they, too, years after they leave LSGH would still go back to their alma mater and give back to the next generation of athletes the fraternal accompaniment afforded them during their time. 

Be it physical or otherwise, the zeal to share, to give back, to help resounds clearly in the heart of every Lasallian.

Grow Higher. The NCAA Season 93 champion team did not sit on the laurels that go with its win. The players who have graduated last March continue to pursue their love for basketball in their respective universities. Though some of them may be donning jerseys of different hues, all are one in saying the holistic Christian formation given to them by La Salle Green Hills is one they carry with them regardless where they may be. The rigorous discipline they imbibed vicariously from their trainings led them to develop grit – the sheer determination to exhibit good behavior and performance not just in sports but, more importantly, in the game of life as well.  

The 93rd NCAA Basketball Champions

Angelo Miguel Asuncion, Kairl Belgica, Joel Diomar Cagulangan, Angelino Raphael Cruz,  Vincent Joshua David, Joshua dela Cruz, Haribon Espinosa, Inand Val Fornilos, Franzl Jacob Lao, Franzel Jared Lao, Ladis Lepalam Jr., Joshua Miguel Marcos, Diego Sebastian Antonio Morales, Sidney Mosqueda, Jesmar Pedrosa, Nikki Dave Perez, Mark Daniel Sangco.

The Coaching Team

Rayvincent Matthew Bienvenida, Joseph Allen Ricardo, Karl Stephen Santos, David Anthony Brodett, Paolo Rivero, Vince Anthony Fran, Gergel Razon, Stephen Sison, Britt Carlo Reroma (Team Consultant)

The unveiling ceremony is led by LSGH president, Br. Victor Franco FSC. Aside from the honorees and the Primus Batch representatives, the event was also graced by school administrators namely, Br. Rafael Reyes FSC, Mrs. Maria Donna Ines, Mrs. Patricia Supangco, Mrs. Maricel Sanvictores, Mrs. Amy Galang and Br. Arian Lopez FSC. Miss Princess Rudyesta, grade school counselor, hosted the occasion.