From Kim Chiu to Will Smith, CSB Lady Blazers use pop culture in their pep talks

Ceej Tantengco on Feb 01, 2017 04:20 PM
The CSB Lady Blazers use pop culture in their pep talks
“Ambisyon naming mag-repeat pero alam naming mahirap kasi iba na mga tao namin,” Cariño says. “At alam na rin ng ibang teams na dapat kaming bantayan.”

“YES! Powerful!”

Filipino moviegoers may recognize this as Kim Chiu’s line from the movie “All You Need Is Pag-Ibig,” but you may not know it as the CSB Lady Blazers’ battlecry for NCAA Season 92.

The defending champions made history by winning CSB’s first ever women’s volleyball title last year, and this season marks the first time that they are in the position of gunning for a back-to-back title.

The squad’s training hours have gotten longer, and they went back to practice just a day after Christmas. To get through the exhaustion, the team started cheering each other on: “YES! Powerful!”

The line didn’t just boost their energy. It’s an admittedly funny-sounding one—complete with synchronized clapping and a fist-pump—that reminds them to enjoy the game despite the pressure.

 

 

While the team was at a shoot for press materials for the Final Four, we asked them if they ever got Coach Macky Cariño to join in the cheer. They all laugh: “Ay hindi!”

Cariño, a former protégé of Sammy Acaylar and one of the youngest but most accomplished coaches in the NCAA, takes a more serious track.

“Ambisyon naming mag-repeat pero alam naming mahirap kasi iba na mga tao namin,” Cariño says. “At alam na rin ng ibang teams na dapat kaming bantayan.”

 

 

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“This year, naghahanap kami ng mga motivational videos tungkol sa will to win,” he adds. The fourth-year coach shares these videos with his team though messaging apps and social media.

Technology and pop culture already played a big role in CSB’s team dynamic last year. Back then, Cariño had shared memes about hard work and a simple message to their Facebook group on the night before the deciding game: “Be your own success story.”

The question is, can they do it again?

Cariño shares a recent post that he sent to his athletes. “‘Yung movie ni Will Smith na Pursuit of Happyness, may magandang line doon tungkol sa dapat gawin ‘pag may dream ka,” he says.

He’s talking about this line by Will Smith’s character:

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” 

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Ceej Tantengco is a reporter and writer for S+A. Follow her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

 

 

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