Arellano Pep Rally: One Dream. One Voice. One Team

Roxanne Montealegre on Sep 28, 2016 07:24 PM
Arellano Pep Rally: One Dream. One Voice. One Team
"First time namin na-experience ang Pep Rally before the finals. We're very happy as a team because it's a big boost to our morale and it keeps our energy and hopes up lalo na we see the full support and the love from the Arellano community." -- Jio Jalalon.

The scorching heat at 9.30 a.m. hugged the school grounds of Arellano University in Legarda, Manila last Monday, September 26, 2016.

But the students stayed cool as they cheered their hearts out to hype up the Chiefs onstage led by their unstoppable point guard, Jio Jalalon, who just came from their three-hour practice with the whole team.

"First time namin na-experience ang Pep Rally before the finals. We're very happy as a team because it's a big boost to our morale and it keeps our energy and hopes up lalo na we see the full support and the love from the Arellano community," shared Jalalon.

Even the faculty and administrators joined the fun by dressing up in Indian feathered headgears, face paint and statement shirts while the students paraded their blue and red streamers, balloons and flags up to the classrooms across the open grounds.

The program also included dance numbers from the elementary students, juniors basketball team and the Chiefs Squad, the official cheerleaders of the university, who bagged the NCAA Season 90 Cheering Competition Championship and placed 1st runner-up last season.

After the inspirational talks and entertaining performances, "The Dispatcher" and center Lervin Flores, who also celebrated his birthday that day, couldn't hide his smile all the way.

"Best gift today is that I'm surrounded by positivity from schoolmates, teachers, supporters and friends. Malaking hamon ang susunod na games. Pero mas malaki ang tulong ng dasal at ng trust na binigay samin," admitted Flores.

Asked how they shake off the stress of pressure-packed games, the birthday boy revealed his passion for MMA, letting steam off with punches and kicks, while rising star Donald Gumaru showed us by playing his ukelele, exposing his musical talent and giving Jason Mraz a run for his money.

Meanwhile the "Bus Driver" Jio Jalalon and the "Conductor" Kent Salado turned the hard court into a dance floor with their slick moves, slaying the Fettywap Challenge and teaching us that confidence is key in anything you do.

Turning serious, the "Defense Minister" Coach Jerry Codinera talked about how their NCAA journey was paved by hard work and team chemistry. He mentioned that even though they never had the opportunity to travel and train abroad, the team's willingness to learn and maximum effort in practice to turn weaknesses into strengths pushed them to be where they are now. He then shared his thoughts, motivating everyone:

1. Believe in yourself; know that you have the skills to win, the strength to compete and that our time is now.

2. Trust each other. Trust our play and execute them smoothly.

3. Play with your minds and hearts. Never stop, never look back.

But on a lighter note, the basketball legend turned coach, pointed out that the games are not about looking "camera-ready" while taking shots, he called his team to put their war-face on and battle it out until they take home the crown.

"Honor your coach, the referees, your teammates and the game. Celebrate your school pride. Show to everyone that you're hungry to win. Chase your dreams until they become your reality. The road may be difficult but never impossible."

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