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PNoy hosts lunch for Lady Eagles, Lady Spikers, calls for peace

The Ateneo men's and women's volleyball squads and the La Salle Lady Spikers pay a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines – Archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles and La Salle Lady Spikers paid a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday at Malacañang following a thrilling finals series in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament.

Aquino hosted a lunch with the back-to-back champions Lady Eagles and second placer Lady Spikers along with men's champion Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The Ateneo Economics graduate then acknowledged the healthy competition between the two women's teams, saying that despite clashing for the title, they still exemplified sportsmanship.

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Ang ikinatutuwa ko po ay noong magbasa ako ng diyaryo sa sumunod na araw nitong huling labanan. Ang nadatnan kong larawan: May nakasuot ng berde at may mga nakasuot ng bughaw, nagyakapan. Tapos na ang laban, naroon kayong mga manlalaro’t taos-pusong binabati ang isa’t isa. Sa kabila ng mahigpit na kompetisyon at matinding pressure na manalo, pinairal ninyo ay ang spirit of unity and sportsmanship. Di ba’t napakaganda nun?” Aquino said while admitting that he failed to watch the game even on television due to other commitments.

Sa likod ng matinding kompetisyon at kantiyawan, ay mga tunay na magkakatuwang at magkakaibigan. Batid ito, lalo na ninyong mga atletang dating magkakaeskuwela, na ngayon ay magkatunggali sa iba’t ibang liga,” he added.

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Aquino also shared that during his collegiate days, the rivalry between the two schools was intense.

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Alam po n’yo, talagang deka-dekada na ang inabot ng rivalry ng Ateneo at La Salle. Naaalala ko nga po: Noong panahon namin, grabe ang girian. Siguro po, kung literal na nakakapatay ang masamang tingin, marami nang nakaltas na henerasyon ng mga Atenista at Lasalista.”

The President took the opportunity to call out for peace and related the schools' rivalry to the political conflicts that the country is currently dealing with.

Naisip ko rin po: Sana, ang mga pulitiko, pati na ang mga kasapi ng iba’t ibang sektor ng lipunan, ay ganito rin ang ipamalas na ugnayan,” the President said.

“Iyan nga po ang diwang gusto nating itanim sa isip at puso ng ating mga kababayan. Nahahati man tayo sa iba’t ibang isla, mayroon man tayong mga pagkakaiba, sa huli, iisang koponan lang tayong mga Pilipino.”

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