Archers dedicate victory versus Bulldogs to Our Lady of Penafrancia

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2016 07:31 PM
Archers dedicate victory to Our Lady of Penafrancia
INSPIRED PLAY. DLSU played even more inspired up against NU.

De La Salle University needed longer than usual to put away National University – but they put them away nonetheless.

Now at 4-0 and owning victories versus defending champion Far Eastern University and fellow challenger NU, there was no way the Green Archers could play even more inspired, right?

As it turns out, however, they were just that up against the Bulldogs on Saturday. “For us, coming into the game, medyo inspired kami. Unang-una, feast day ngayon ng Our Lady of Penafrancia and since the start, we were asking for her intercession,” coach Aldin Ayo shared post-game.

The Our Lady of Penafrancia housed in Naga is one of the more famous Marian pilgrimage sites in the country. And so, Sorsogon native Ayo has apparently brought to Taft Avenue a thing or two about Bicolano culture.

“Like what coach said, we offer this game to Our Lady of Penafrancia,” Ricci Rivero, a rookie who had another impressive outing, also said.

DLSU then got more motivation courtesy of a visit from team patron Danding Cojuangco earlier in the day. “Pangalawa, we had a surprise visit from boss. He delivered a message to the team,” Ayo narrated.

And so, with those fueling the fire already burning within them, the mentor of the Archers had an easy time finding contributions from up and down his roster. “All of them should deliver kasi as I’ve said, the 15 guys here, they have equal opportunities,” he said.

He then continued, “We make sure all of the 15 guys are ready naman.”

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