Green Archers past and present pay respects to late La Salle patron ECJ
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 17, 2020 12:43 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr. has moved on from this world.
At 85, he left behind many, many lives touched - especially in De La Salle University where he stood as the Green Archers' longtime backer.
And so, with his passing, green and white players and coaches from past to present have paid their respects.
Among them are former head coach Aldin Ayo who led La Salle to a championship in UAAP 79 and then to a runner-up finish the year after:
RIP Boss. Thank You for the Opportunity. Forever Grateful for Your Kindness and Generosity.— Aldin (@AyoAV_official) June 17, 2020
Ex-King Archer Jeron Teng, a two-time champion with the backing of Cojuangco. "I'm really saddened with the news of boss ECJ's passing. He was a great godfather to us during my years playing for the green and white," he said.
He then continued, "Despite his health conditions, he always made us feel his presence and support for the team. Boss ECJ always provided us with the best of the best for the team and for that, I will always be grateful."
Graduating guard and former Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio. "Boss ECJ was a true leader who has inspired me to bring out the best in me as a basketball player on the court and has mentored me in fulfilling my dreams and becoming the best person I can be off the court," he said.
"Man of Steal" Kib Montalbo who came from Bacolod before making a name for himself in green and white. "If it wasn't for him, my journey would have led me to another place. Boss ECJ opened the doors for me to become who I am today," he said.
Robert Bolick, who had a two-season stint in Taft before transferring to San Beda University:
Boss ecj!! RIP!! Thank you sa lahat boss!! For everything. ?? we will miss you boss. pic.twitter.com/KNEZWokJbS— Robert Bolick (@BabesBolick) June 17, 2020
Cebu product and now-3x3 star Santi Santillan. "Sobrang laking tulong ni boss ECJ sa akin kasi siya pa mismo ang dumalaw sa akin sa Cebu para makapunta sa Manila. Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa kanya," he said.
Versatile wing Encho Serrano:
Mac Cuan, who won multiple championships as a Green Archer in the late '90s:
UAAP 82 head coach and now-assistant Gian Nazario:
Boss, Salamat. ????— Gian Nazario (@gianazario) June 16, 2020
And talented transferee Evan Nelle:
RIP Boss ???? https://t.co/hPf1yTT7VS— Evan Nelle (@Evan_Nelle) June 17, 2020