ALAS, not new to pressure-filled situations, stresses a point during ahuddle.
AUGUST DELA CRUZ
LETRAN MENTOR ALAS PULLS AN ACE
My family, my life
By Ruth L. Navarra
LTIMATELY, coach Louie Alas chose family over basketball when he decided to step downas head coach of the Letran Knights.
The Knights were beaten by the San Beda Red Lions, 67-39,in Game 3 of the NCAA finals.The experience and the intensi-ty of the Lions threw theKnights off guard. But Alas hadother reason for his resignation.“I’ve been here for 12 years.Matagal ko ng iniisip, kungnanalo sana fitting farewellpero that’s life,” he said in ahoarse voice. “Nagsusumbongsila (his sons) sa mom nila na wala na silang ginagawangtama. Dun talaga ako na-touch.”Two of his players in theteam are his sons, Kristoffer andKevin. Because he didn’t wantanybody accusing him of prefer-ential treatment, Alas admittedthat he was extra hard onKristoffer and Kevin.Under Alas, the Knightstrained as if there was no to-morrow. But at the end of theday, Alas would take the burdenof a loss not his players.“It was a good day for them(San Beda) and a bad one forus. Sabi ko naman sa kanila, wala namang pwedeng sisihinsa inyo diyan. Kung meronmang may nagkamali dito, ako yun. So you don’t have to bow your heads down. Just moveon,” Alas said.‘‘The journey to the champi-onship had not been easy. Theirstory could have been a Cin-derella story. They were able toget past the San Sebastian Stagsin the Final Four twice, earningthem a spot in the finals. They were able to defeat San Bedaon Game 2 when everybody else expected a sweep.”“Ang tama naming ginawathis season is sobra kamingnagsacrifice. We always went tochurch every day. This game, yung inexperience took its tollon us sa finals,” said Alas.Letran didn’t forget its spiri-tual side after getting batteredby the Lions. The Knights wentout of the locker room withrosaries around their necks. Alas wore two. Alas noted that the gameoverflowed with emotion espe-cially for graduating playersJam Cortes and Carlo Lituania.‘‘The bad thing was that welost and the good thing wasthat they learned a lot from it.Hindi lang sa basketball maga-gamit ito kundi sa daily life ni-la,’’ he said. ‘‘I told the rest of the boys na may mga games panaman like the Champions’League. Sabi ko sa kanila, taposna ang NCAA. Now, study hard.’’He’s leaving the team but hemade sure that they will not belost without him. He says he al-ready recruited replacementsfor his graduating players. Whathe’s really trying to find are bigmen because he knows that theteam lacks the height advan-tage.The players will go back totraining next week. He says thatthey will be trained on theirperimeter shooting because thatis what they badly need to im-prove on.When asked what he woulddo the rest of the day, Alas isquick to answer.‘‘I’ll be with my family. Kungpwede din yung buong team ngLetran tonight, gusto ko dinsilang makasama.’’
Canon PIXMA awardsfive Stand Out Students
Canon PIXMA, the number one inkjet printer brand in thePhilippines for 2011, ends its Stand Out Student Search withthe final batch of five talented and well-rounded individualsfrom across the nation.These commendable students represent the versatility thatCanon PIXMA promotes in its products. In celebration of theirmulti-faceted lifestyles, Canon PIXMA awarded each of themwith an official Stand Out Student certificate, a Canon Power-Shot A2300 camera, and a Canon PIXMA E510 printer. Inmore ways than just academically, these winners stand out intheir respective universities.
Jake Antenero, accountancy sopho-more from Ateneo de Zamboanga Univer-sity (ADZU) is the secretary of finance inhis student council El Consejo Atenista, amath tutor, a master debater & presidentof the science club and member of thedance troupe.Patricia Regaladois an industrial engineering junior fromUniversity of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) who teaches catechism and sports to schoolchildren, assists in the UA&P guidance intesting and database maintenance, facili-tates student congresses and leadershipseminars, an award-winning humanitarian,a dean's lister, and mem-ber of the basketball varsity & university choir.John Paul Hipolito is a communicationand marketing management super-seniorfrom De La Salle University (DLSU). Hemerited a scholarship from the UnitedStates Institute on New Media and Jour-nalis and internships in New York Timesand Rogue Magazine. He is a student DJ &a multimedia editor for Philippine Global-ists.Donita Salazar is an industrial designsenior from the University of Santo Tomas(UST). Her exceptional works have beenrecognized in several competitions & is currently a designerfor several organizations. She also playssoccer, football, and does judo.Louise Pasadilla is a diplomacy sopho-more from Lyceum of the Philippines Uni- versity (LPU). She's a consistent honor stu-dent, has won several national leadershipawards, and has represented the country in several international youth conventions.She is also active in the UNESCO organiza-tion catering to student leaders in the community and is in- volved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. She al-so loves ballet,creative poetry, researching global issues, andreading fiction mystery novels.The stand out student search coincides withCanon's launch of multi-functional printers thatfully complement a student's multi-facetedlifestyle. Leading this line-up are twoCanon PIXMA ink-efficient models namely-the E510 (Print, Scan, Copy) and E600(Print, Scan, Copy, Fax). Both models areequipped with Canon's top-of-the-line pro-prietary printing technology, the fullphoto-lithography inkjet nozzle engi-neering (FINE) system, which allows print-ers to produce high image quality outputs atmuch faster print speeds. These ink-efficient printersalso allow you to print up to 1,200 high quality documents foras low as P0.74 per print. The E510 and the E600 are alsoarmed with Chromalife 100, which makes its photo printoutslast up to 100 years.Ideal for the busy students, the E510 and E600 also offercreative features to help students stay competitive in a digital-ly driven arena. Both printers come with the Full HD Movieprinting feature, which allows users to directly print stills tak-en from an HD movie. Fun filter effects are also available formore realistic and well-defined arts and crafts.Time management, discipline, andperseverance are each student's com-mon grounds for being able to succeedin their multiple responsibilities. CanonPIXMA wholeheartedly embraces the no-tion of aiming for excellence in every-thing. With the same attitude as these fivestudents, along with the help of the stu-dent-friendly PIXMA E500 printer highlightedthroughout the journey of the Stand Out StudentSearch, anyone can stand out in his or her university.To know more about Canon PIXMA, like the PIXMA fanpage at www.facebook.com/canonpixma.ph or log on to www.canon.com.ph/pixma
Bong Serevo, VP of Canon Marketing Phils., (left) with themarketing team and the Stand Out students.
NOVEMBER 5-12, 2012