GRADUATION YEARBOOK: Alolino loves selfies with Nationalians
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 01, 2015 04:56 PM
GET THE PICTURE. With Gelo Alolino saying he will focus on finishing his degree, NU students will have some more time to get their photos taken with one of the best products coming from their school.
With four straight appearances in the Final Four and a six-decade-long-awaited championship, no one can argue that National University’s transformation from cellar-dweller to powerhouse is complete.
And while the much-needed jolt of life came from Ray Parks Jr., it was those after him –Troy Rosario, Glenn Khobuntin, Gelo Alolino – who gave their all to make sure the Bulldogs were alive to stay.
That 2014 championship, the title that brought back basketball glory to Sampaloc for the first time since 1954, will always be what this crop of Eric Altamirano students will be remembered by.
Rosario and Khobuntin exited on top while Alolino, Alfred Aroga, and Pao Javelona remained to try to do it all again. They ultimately fell short, but again and again, National U will be thanking them just for that 2014 championship.
How are you feeling after playing your final UAAP game – a Final Four loss at the hands of UST?
I didn’t score much kasi tina-trap nila ako buong laro, pero no regrets.
Check that caption. It should be six decades.
What will you miss most about being a Bulldog?
Yung championship namin. Yung bumangon kami after matalo na twice-to-beat (in 2013) tapos nakuha namin yung championship in the hardest way.
What will you miss most about being an NU student?
Yung samahan pa rin namin ng teammates after practice and after classes. Pati yung students who know they can approach us para magpicture-picture.
What is the legacy you will be leaving behind to the Bulldogs?
Gusto ko to be remembered for my leadership. Yung as a point guard, kung paano ako mag-control ng game sa both offense and defense.
What is your final message to the NU community?
Sobrang thankful ako sa inyo kaya talagang ginawa ko yung best ko para makakuha kami ng crown para sa inyo na almost six decades nang wishing for a championship.
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