Sta. Elena-backed Mega Builders take crack at title on first try; sponsor well known for humanitarian causes
LEAP OF JOY. Younger and taller, the National University Bulldogs-crewed Mega Builders whooped it up after sweeping their semifinal playoff against the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference. Inset photos show Ms. Alice Eduardo (top), president and chief executive officer of Mega Builders sponsor Sta. Elena Construction and Development, and team manager Junjun Abcede. (Photo by Nante Azores)
The exceptionally-talented Mega Builders, backed by a construction giant equally known for its sporting and humanitarian causes, are on the verge of making history as a brand-new team.
Made up of the exciting National University Bulldogs, the Mega Builders will attempt to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference championship right on their maiden appearance in a commercial tournament.
After squeaking past the Air Force Jet Setters in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal playoff, 19-25, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-10, they made quick work of the latter in the next game, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24, to arrange a title showdown with Reinforced Conference champion Cignal TV starting Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
As Mega Builders, the NU Bulldogs have been showing the maturity critics kept saying they lacked in the past when they sputtered against triple titlist Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP finals in the last three seasons.
Mega Builders coach Ariel dela Cruz agreed that his team has come of age now, citing how his boys pulled themselves together when they dropped the first two sets in Game 1 and still managed to come out winners.
“They are not rattled anymore whenever the opponents forge ahead or wrest the lead from them in crucial stages of the game,” said dela Cruz. “What we have to polish now going into the finals is their communications in blocking. Though they show the way in team blocking, I’m still not contented.”
Team manager Junjun Abcede said the team has been getting inspiration from Ms. Alice G. Eduardo, president and chief executive officer of the sponsoring Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.
Abcede said that the construction giant was founded in 1995 anchored on the unwavering commitment and business savvy of Ms. Eduardo. “Sta. Elena is one of the country’s leading construction firms specializing in foundation works, ports and harbors as well as in horizontal construction.”
The firm, he added, is also well known for its sporting concerns and humanitarian causes.
Among others, Sta. Elena is a strategic partner of Go Negosyo in fostering the entrepreneurial spirit, strongly adhering to the mindset that Filipinos are not destined to be poor but rather able to lead and succeed in their business endeavors.
Ms. Eduardo and Sta. Elena are key supporters of the Child Protection Network, a non-government organization whose mission is to ensure that all children in the Philippines and throughout Asia are protected from abuse and neglect; donors of the parish of San Agustin, Jaen, Nueva Ecija; prime movers of Habitat for Humanity International which builds houses for the betterment of the poverty issue; and diamond supporters of Caritas Manila, the social arm of the church working with social action services and integrated programs for the development of the poor and the underprivileged.
Abcede said Ms. Eduardo is most passionate about causes concerning economic empowerment, education, environment, health, disaster and humanitarian relief, poverty alleviation, and social services.
Sta. Elena is also the moving spirit behind the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls’ participation in the Premier Volleyball League, a joint event of the organizing Sports Vision, official league partner Asics and official game ball Mikasa.
“Sta. Elena is here for the long term to support the volleyball programs of Sports Vision,” Abcede said.