National U men’s badminton team sweeps UP; claims five-peat crown

National University successfully defended the men’s badminton title to clinch their fifth straight crown in the tournament after sweeping the University of the Philippines in their best-of-three finals, earlier today, October 12, 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Court.

Graduating smashers Ros Lee Pedrosa, Mike Minuluan, Allen Palmares and Alvin Morada showed poise and veteran presence after recording a 3-0 team tie to finally end UP’s chances in the season 81’s tournament. The championship title also marked National U’s 43rd straight win which dates back from Season 77.
According to head coach Jaime Llanes, the team’s persistence is the main key to their winning run.
“Ayaw kasi nilang mabahiran yung record, inaalagaan talaga nila, kasi sabi ko rin sa kanila, a record is a record.” Llanes said.

Pedrosa opened today’s match with a huge win against fourth year Maroon JM Bernardo, 21-17, 21-14 to set the tempo high for the Jhocson-based squad. Minuluan then did not let the NU crowd down after coming out victorious against Michael Clemente to give NU a 2-0 team tie edge. Morada and Palmares then made quick work of UP’s Harvey Tungul and Betong Pineda to hand the Bulldogs the crown.

Minuluan, named as this season’s most valuable player was a bit emotional after the final match.
“This is my last playing year, and I just want to thank National University. During the game I was also emotional because of the pressure, but we just focused to give NU the crown. I will also never forget my bonding with my teammates, they are the best.” Minuluan quipped in Filipino.

Coach Llanes shared that they are set to intensify their recruitment since Pedrosa, Minuluan, Palmares, Morada and Dawn Cuyno finished their playing years for National U.

National U leads star-studded UAAP Season 81 opening


National University successfully hosted the UAAP Season 81 opening ceremony held last Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The star-studded opening program featured performances from former 2NE1 member Minzy, local band Sponge Cola and heartthrob James Reid. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry also graced the event to lead the oath of sportsmanship and inspire the athletes.

Meanwhile, NU Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are off to a good start after winning their respective opening games. The Bulldogs dominated the UST Growling Tigers, 75-70 while Lady Bulldogs extended their winning run to 65 games after clinching a 79-71 victory over the Lady Tigresses. The Ildefonso brothers starred in their debut wearing the Bulldogs jersey after registering a combined 29 points while graduating team captain Ria Nabalan led the Lady Bulldogs chipping in 26 markers.  

NU Lady Bulldogs’ next game is against Adamson Lady Falcons on Saturday, 10am at the Big Dome while the Bulldogs are set to face the UE Red Warriors, on Sunday, 2pm at the Filoil Arena in San Juan.

Former NU Pep Squad standout passes CPA board exam

Former National U Pep Squad standout Claire Cristobal just proved to us that she is not just an ordinary student-athlete.

In the May 2018 Certified Public Accountant board exam, the 21-year old Cristobal was among the 11 passers from National University, that was also able to record 33.33% passing rate that is higher than the national passing rate of 28.92%.

 Cristobal, who first made a name for her body bending moves, shared that curiosity played a role in discovering her abilities when she was still in high school.

“During that time, may mga classmates ako na ‘pag merong sinalihan na sport, excused ka sa PE, so parang sabi ko gusto ko din. So nag-try-out ako sa gymnastics, then ayun, naging passion ko na yung paglalaro, and by God’s grace nabigyan ako ng chance na makasali sa Palarong Pambansa, dun na ako na-recruit ng NU.” Cristobal recalled.

 Claire admitted that she was hesitant to join the NU Pep Squad because she wanted to focus on her studies to achieve her dream of becoming a CPA.

“Matagal ko syang pinag-isipan, I asked my mother if it is okay and she said I should try. So, I went to the try-outs then when I passed they gave me a full scholarship, and that time, I was motivated that I will not waste this opportunity given to me.”

 Being a student-athlete though was not a walk in the park as she tried to balance her duties as an NU pep squad member and later team captain and an Accountancy student.

Cristobal also recalled that even if she is tired from training and studying she would still wash her laundry so she can save up.

“One of the struggles that time was time management and at the same time focus. Physically, pagod ka, then mentally, drained ka, ang pasok ko sa umaga, ang training sa gabi. But every year as I progressed here in NU, iniisip ko na hindi, hindi ko pwedeng idahilan na pagod ako, I need to balance my time for training and studying.”

 And while some will say that everything will be “all ease and bliss after graduation”, it was a different story for Claire who decided to take the May 2018 CPA board exam after graduating last November 2017.

Her father was in and out of the hospital during her review period prompting her to stay with her family to take care of her father.

“Struggle yung first half ng review, I had to help my mom in assisting my father in the hospital. But what kept me confident that time was my faith in God. I was telling myself that I made it this far, if it’s not for His plan, I wouldn’t be here, I won’t make it without Him.”

It took major dedication, focus and ability to be able to push through during the most difficult times, and even if she was not sure where her steps would take her, the lessons she learned from being a student-athlete remained on her mind.

“Before, mababaw lang ako mangarap, but when I became a student-athlete, I learned that when you want to achieve something, always aim for the best, always aim for the highest. Sa buhay, ‘pag wala ka nang ineexpect na maganda, mawawalan ka ng gana, wag mo limitahan yung kaya mo, that is what the NU Pep Squad taught me.”

 Hard work and prayers worked wonders for Cristobal when she received the news that she was one of the 2,843 passers in the recent CPA board exams.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that National University has given me. I want to give back to National U because it helped me and molded me to who I am today. Sa laki ng help ng National University sa amin, I just hope my co-student-athletes will realize that we should always gear towards being a champion outside and inside the court.”

 With this recent feat, Cristobal hopes to inspire not only those who are taking up Accountancy but also her co-student-athletes.

“Just like what I posted in my social media account, your perception determines your performance. Kung paano mo tinitingnan ang buhay, ganun ang magiging galaw mo. Let us always look at the brighter side. Also, always give yourself a reason for achieving something, not just for yourself but for those who believe in you.”

 We may know her as the pep squad’s team captain, the elastic and jelly girl but now meet her new title; Claire Cristobal, CPA.

National U officially named host of UAAP Season 81

National University formally accepted the UAAP Season 81’s hosting during the closing ceremony held last May 16, 2018 in Far Eastern University.

University president Teodoro Ocampo led National U in the symbolic transfer of responsibilities for the hosting of the upcoming season.

In an interview with President Ocampo, he shared that one of the major changes that they will implement in the upcoming season is the new schedule of some sporting events. Track and Field, Fencing and Chess’ schedules which were previously played in the second semester will be moved to the first semester.

Meanwhile, according to NU Athletics Director Otie Camangian, they are gearing up and planning as early as now to ensure a smooth and remarkable hosting of National U.

Camangian is positive that NU will be able to successfully host Season 81 through the support of the National U community and its stakeholders.
“We give our best in whatever we do. We will maintain, if not, improve the way the showcased sports and other events will be managed and conducted.”

National U is set to defend 11 titles in the upcoming season, including the women’s 3×3 basketball which was a demo sport last season.

The university is looking at September 8 as the tentative opening date which will be held in the Mall of Asia Arena.

National U honours athletes in NU Athletes Recognition 2017

National University recognized the athletes who performed well and brought championship titles to the school in the recently concluded UAAP Season 79.

National U Chairman of the Board Hans Sy and President Teddy Ocampo led the celebration at One Esplanade in Pasay City last August 5.

Invited to grace the event are the NU teams, players and coaches who bannered the name of the university last UAAP season.

The teams who won second and first runner-up were given certificates of recognition while the champion teams received the same plus a limited edition National U pin.

Acknowledged for their second runner-up finish are the women’s softball team and the men’s table tennis team. First runner-up finishers are the men’s taekwondo, juniors basketball, men’s chess and men’s volleyball squad.

National U currently holds 9 championship titles in the UAAP which came from the women’s taekwondo, juniors table tennis, juniors volleyball team, 3-peat achievers women’s basketball, men’s badminton squad and girls’ volleyball team and 4-peat winners women’s lawn tennis team and NU pepsquad.

In his speech, Chairman of the Board Hans Sy said the event was the management’s way of acknowledging all the efforts and hard work the teams had given in their respective sports.

“Win or lose, we’d like to give you a heartfelt thank you. I’d also like everybody to know that win or lose we are one big National University family.” Sy said.

NU Sports Director Chito Loyzaga asserted that they are hoping that the event will inspire the teams to strive harder this upcoming UAAP Season 80.

NU teams will begin their new quest to the championship crowns this coming Season 80 which is set to open on September 9.

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