LASALLITES/ LASALLIANS CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF LA SALLIAN BROTHERS
IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Animo spirit is alive and well here in Vancouver as the members of the One La Salle Alumni Association of BC kicked off their celebrations on May 21 with the opening of the Greentennial Games at St. Andrew’s Gym in Vancouver at St. Andrew’s Parish Gym in Vancouver.
Benjie Uichico, Executive Director of DLSAA Manila was here for the inaugural events of the Greentennial Games, addressing the athletes competing in the badminton and volleyball events, he reminded everybody that One La Salle is about UNI TY and keeping the fundamental values of La Sallian identity: the spirit of Faith, zeal for Service, and Communion to mission.
The Greentennial Games is an Inter La Salle sports event and four (4) teams were organized according to city of residence. The city teams are (1) Team Vancouver/ North Vancouver, (2) Team Richmond, (3) Team Burnaby (including New Westminster, Coquitlam and Tri-Cities) and (4) Team Surrey (including Delta and Langley). All BC based alumni, their immediate family members and former faculty members are encouraged to participate and be part of the GGames.
Team Burnaby swept all of its regular games for Coed Volleyball and was declared champion as early as June 18. The Badminton event wrapped up their matches on June 25 with Team Richmond prevailing over Team Surrey to emerge as the champion.
Focus then shifted for the events of July, the fund-raising Dekada Ochenta Night on July 15, the La Salle vs. Ateneo Golf Cup on July 16 and GGames 10-pin bowling event on July 22.
The Dekada Ochenta Night, a night of dancing and fun with RELEVANCE aimed to raise $3,000.00 for the Jaime Hilario Integrated School, La Salle Bagac, Bataan.
The event was a success in terms of attendance, level of fun and excitement and more importantly, the amount targeted for JHI S was achieved.
It was also the eve of the highly anticipated golf game of the year, the members of the Golf Team were introduced by Capt. Cholo Insua. And to pump them up as they prepare to face arch rival Ateneo, the venue reverberated with the La Salle spelling cheer as if it was the Araneta Coliseum staging a basketball event in the UAAP.
And true enough to their promise, the One La Salle Golf Team Captained by Cholo Insua and spearheaded by Benjie Sumulong, Randy Mohametano, GV Fragante, Cholo Cebrero and Rene Trinidad regained the Golf Cup with a commanding score of 609 pts. against Ateneo’s 527 pts. To this date, the cup has been won by De La Salle 4 times and Ateneo winning it twice.
With the euphoria of victory and the sweet taste of victory, the One La Salle Vancouver group sang the Alma Mater, Hail to De La Salle to close the fellowship dinner and awards night at Oriental Buffet, Surrey BC.
And it was back to the 3rd event of the GGames on July 22 with the 10 pin Bowling event at Lois Lane Alleys in Richmond, BC. It was another well attended event with more than 30 bowlers competing for their respective city teams.
After all the pins were counted, Team Vancouver was declared champion with 733 pts surviving a late rally from Team Richmond who can only finish with 721 pts. Eric Arkoncel from Vancouver was the best player of the event, submitting a score of 209 pts. in a game.
And as we continue to move into summer, the celebration continues with the Annual Summer Picnic on August 13, Saturday, 10:00AM at South Arm Park, Richmond. And as usual, expect a day of fun with surprise wacky games to make it more memorable.
The GGames Slow Pitch Baseball event makes a debut during the summer picnic, with Vancouver and Burnaby combining into one team and up against the Richmond and Surrey Team. So, aside from your potluck food for the picnic, please bring your baseball gloves and bat with you.
To all La Sallians here in Vancouver, Live JES US in our hearts, Forever!!!