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Booters set bigger goals in new football season

Of all the teams representing the Green-and-White, the DLSU Green Booters and Lady Booters are two of a handful of squads who have the potential to make some noise in the second half of UAAP Season 77. After a fourth and fifth place finish, respectively, in last year’s tournament, both squads seek to come back stronger and hopefully reclaim the championship for La Salle.

Last year’s campaign was not as successful as expected after the Green Booters had a shaky start in the eliminations with back-to-back losses. They eventually regrouped and earned three straight victories in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The rest of the tourney, however, did not end well as they only won two of their seven remaining games, losing the other three matches, and securing two deadlocks. Their 5-5-2 win-loss-draw slate was still enough to land them a spot at the Final Four at fourth place with a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the first seed. Their playoff stint was short-lived though, as they bowed to the eventual champion FEU Tamaraws in one game.

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On the other hand, the Lady Booters only recorded one victory last season, which they bagged in their opening game against the UP Lady Maroons. They managed to get a draw with the ADMU Lady Eagles in the second round, but suffered loss after loss to land at the fifth spot with a 1-6-1 record. Similarly, the FEU Lady Tamaraws also took home the football championship in the women’s division last season.

Leaving their disappointing campaigns behind, head coach Hans Smit’s squads vowed to start anew as they began implementing changes in preparation for the upcoming season. Led by team captains Gio Diamante and Matt Nierras for the Green Booters and Meryll Ledesma for the Lady Booters, the DLSU football teams will benefit from their leadership skills and experience gained through the years.

When it comes to their team practices, the coaching staff focused more on the technical aspect and ball-mastery rather than the conditioning of the players and the team.

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In terms of their line-up, the Green Booters will debut a new goalkeeper in the name of Paeng de Guzman. Meanwhile, the Lady Booters will have a revamped roster with several rookies making their debut after serving their residency to take the place of the veterans who have departed.

According to Diamante, confidence will be a major factor in keeping the momentum in their games. Losing focus in their matches in the past season was one of the main reasons that causes them to fall short in overcoming their opponents. “Minsan nawawala kami sa laro namin kasi natatakot kami na mas malakas ang kalaban namin,” the veteran athlete shares. “Ngayon, ipu-push namin yung team na lumaban at hindi matakot para manalo.

Currently, the Green Booters are eyeing their fourth men’s football championship overall—their first since 1998—while the Lady Booters are looking forward to end their four-year title drought and win their ninth overall.

Both squads are coming from a successful stint in the annual UniGames held in Iloilo last October 20 to 28. The Green Booters finished third with a win over the NU Bulldogs in the semifinals while their female counterparts garnered a bridesmaid finish.

Expect the DLSU Football teams to give their all as they try to build on their momentum from the offseason in the coming UAAP wars. The Green Booters will kick off the season against the UP Maroons on the opening day of the football tournament on November 29 while the Lady Booters will start their campaign against the UST Growling Tigresses on November 30 at the Ateneo Football Field.


Broke with Expensive Taste

“I’ve been waiting for Azealia Banks,” states one Peter Rosenberg, an urban radio station DJ introducing Desperado, the third track in Ms. Banks’ debut album. It could be said that the Internet, or at least hip-hop fans, have felt the same way about the elusive ‘witch of hip-hop.’ With a surprise release last November 6, Azealia Banks came back from a hushed hiatus, characterized by nasty Twitter bouts with different personalities and criticisms in general. Broke With Expensive Taste proves those criticisms otherwise, but is the Banks vehicle worthwhile?

Ever since her breakout hit ‘212’ hit the airwaves in 2011, people have been waiting for Azealia to grace the world with her unique take on hip-hop and the different styles she’s been employing in her tracks. Unfortunately, Azealia’s public persona has, partly, been tarnished by her label disputes. Ever since she moved on from XL Recordings then got signed on to Interscope, Azealia’s artistry has been restrained by management decisions and concerns over her content.

Album Art Courtesy of Interscope Records and Polydor Records
Album Art Courtesy of Interscope Records and Polydor Records

Broke With Expensive Taste opens with Idle Delilah, an ode to a titular Delilah who was the daughter of a white slave owner during the 1900s. The song is about her life and her murder by the hands of her father’s slaves. From this point, it’s pretty clear that Azealia doesn’t come clean or censor her ideas whatsoever. This clear vision ushers in Gimme A Chance, where Banks blends in her unique brand of music with a Spanish band crooning near the end of the song. Make sure to look out for Azealia’s cleanly spoken Spanish verses in the song.

By the third track, the experimentation that Azealia Banks is heralded for will be clear enough. Desperado, in a tweet directly from Banks, is the commuter’s jam, using a sample from MJ Cole’s 2006 U.K. garage track of the same name. Aside from being an underrated darling, Azealia, in her downtime, also became a fashion icon of sorts, channelled clearly in JFK with a feature from Theophilus London. Interestingly enough, Taste features only London and Ariel Pink. A refreshing take on a year filled with features, Broke With Expensive Taste brings out the best in Azealia by featuring her fast rhymes and innovative beats instead.

Cookie cutter album covers come and go, but Azealia’s surprising art helped fan the flames of her fandom online. The cover’s class help bring the title front and center, that though Azealia’s “broke,” her genius production still takes centerstage. Songs like ‘212,’ ‘Luxury,’ and ‘BBD’ have been released before as singles to keep her name in the business, but the tracks still work flawlessly in the tracklist, blending nicely with the unheard of, original tracks. Like the blending of the old and new, Taste’s album art proved innovative in the face of mass production of unremarkable album cover

The noteworthy thing about Azealia’s debut LP is the profanities that come out of Banks’ mouth, ironically. Lyrics that cannot be written down in this review help state that the Yung Rapunxel singer spares no expense or holds no boundaries with how she conjures up her rhymes and how she wants to be known for in the industry. This trait of hers carries the album well when it comes to the songs like Chasing Time, arguably the album’s most pop song. At first glance, it may be about breaking ties with a lover, but it’s cleverly about the label mishaps that occurred early on during her career.

Her outspoken attitude attracts critics, but the way she puts herself in front of the whole world (and the Internet) helps bring her new fans and adoration from the hip-hop industry. From dark “witch hop” music like Yung Rapunxel and Heavy Metal and Reflective to the delightfully pop Nude Beach A-Go-Go (featuring Ariel Pink), it’s clear that the 23 year-old lyricist has the chops to back up the ‘ego,’ if there ever was one. Her swagger is on her sleeve as she lays down Ice Princess, a rap described by fans as a potential single, and Wallace, a song about a man with a dog’s head. This imagination fuels her originality in a landscape that favors assembly line performances over uniqueness.

There’s no denying, though, that Azealia Banks also has her emotions intact. Soda, with clever lyrics about hiding one’s emotions, is a perfect example of how Azealia can balance her demons and insecurities. As she claimed before, the last track Miss Camaraderie holds a special place in her heart, being the best song she’s ever written. Coupled with Miss Amor, the penultimate track, and you get an album packed with big punches and wallops laced with synths and beats as refreshing as her personality.

Mild perfection aside, the album lacks some classics like 1991 or Van Vogue from her critically adored EP 1991. However, a long-awaited album packed with new future classics is better than a rushed album that contains nothing but old and tired selections. It’s still a long way down the road before we can pronounce Banks as a triumph of underground hip-hop or another casualty of the fickle machine that is pop music. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, she said, “But I’m really happy that it’s out now and people are getting it. That’s all that matters now. I’m still young!”

One thing that makes Banks unique is the idea of a mature adult who only gets into “beefs” but is capable of turning rhymes into award-worthy songs. Her music videos have this sense of fun, but is also tinged with seriousness and hidden messages. It’s the perfect blend of old soul mentality and young energy. She may be broke, but it’s up to listeners, even the ones with the most discriminating tastes, to make sure she makes it big before pop loses another one.

Rating: 4.0


UAAP: Lady Spikers race past NU in straight sets

After a shaky start to the first set which saw the NU Lady Bulldogs race to an 8-3 lead, the DLSU Lady Spikers recovered and flashed their dominant form en route to an easy win in straight sets, 25-22, 25-12, 25-15, earlier today at the San Juan Arena.

The win marks the second for the Lady Spikers in as many outings in UAAP Season 77 as they continue on their quest to bounce back from last year’s runner-up finish after winning three consecutive titles in the years prior.image

UAAP Season 75 co-MVP and team captain Ara Galang led the way for La Salle with 15 points including five service aces. Sophomore Kim Dy, who played sparingly last season, also made her presence felt, finishing with a career-best 10 points.

Meanwhile, NU was buoyed by the 6’4 Jaja Santiago who had 10 points. However, NU was unable to keep up to DLSU due to several errors which hindered them from gaining any form of momentum during the contest. NU committed 27 errors compared to just 16 for La Salle.

After NU’s quick start to the first set, La Salle quickly rallied, tying the score at eight. Both teams went back-and-forth until Galang and Desiree Cheng kickstarted a run for DLSU that propelled them to a 16-12 lead entering the second technical timeout of the set. NU would remain close, trailing by just two, 22-20, towards the end of the set. However, La Salle would seal the set after Mika Reyes scored off a block to enter set point then a service error from NU’s Santiago sealed the opening set for the Lady Spikers.

The second set was a different story as the Lady Spikers raced out of the gates, capitalizing on several errors from NU. DLSU slowly built its lead and eventually finished the second set with a 13 point lead, 25-12.

The third set followed the same script as the second, with DLSU racing out to an early lead and NU committing a wide array of errors. The Lady Spikers took the third set, 25-15, keeping NU winless so far this season.

Up next for DLSU are the formidable UST Tigresses whom they will face on Sunday, November 30, at 2 pm in the San Juan Arena.


Lady Spikers seek second victory against NU

Coming off a four-set opening victory against the AdU Lady Falcons, the Lady Spikers aim to push their momentum further into the tournament as they seek to regain the UAAP crown. Barely scratching the surface of this year’s tournament, the DLSU volleybelles are eager to register a second straight win against the NU Lady Bulldogs.

Incidentally, during this year’s UniGames which was concluded a few weeks ago, the Lady Spikers and NU met during the finals, with the former eventually prevailing. And as the UAAP volleyball season has begun, La Salle seeks to maintain their mastery of the resilient NU team.
Opening performances

Unlike the usual fast-paced gameplay exhibited by the Lady Spikers for the past three seasons, their opening match against Adamson was plagued with miscues and errors at the outset. This was the reason why La Salle was unable to close that match’s second set to their favor. However, with Coach Ramil De Jesus’ adequate adjustments, the Lady Spikers found the holes in AdU’s defense, thereby staging blowout wins for the last two sets. The match ended with the Lady Spikers thrashing the Lady Falcons,
25-23, 26-24, 25-14, 25-17.

Team Captain Ara Galang emerged as La Salle’s offensive centerpiece as she notched 27 big points, off 22 attacks and five blocks. Camille Cruz also stepped up her game as she repaid her extended playing minutes with 10 points to help the team in their winning cause.

Meanwhile, for the NU Lady Bulldogs, things were not quite favorable in their opening match against the defending champions, ADMU Lady Eagles. The departure of the towering Dindin Santiago proved to be an obstacle for the rebuilding squad as they were easily swept by Ateneo in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15. The valiant efforts of NU’s Jaja Santiago and Myla Pablo, who combined for 26 points, were no match for reigning MVP Alyssa Valdez’s 28 points.

The absence of an adequate front line also doomed the NU squad, as Atenean attackers easily diverted their shots off the blocks. Floor spacing was also lacking for the Lady Bulldogs, with Ateneo easily scoring points through drop shots and spikes.

New game, clean slate

With La Salle and NU set to face off in the volleyball court for their second match, both squads prepare to end the game with a win at sight. Despite the results of their opening matches, expect to witness a different ball game as the squads adjust to shake off the dust and errors committed in their opening matches.

After their respective season openers, reality has kicked in that this is a brand new season. La Salle is no longer with an Aby Maraño, and National U is no longer with a Dindin Santiago. But on top of these crucial losses, a breed of key players remain for both teams.

Galang, Mika Reyes, Dawn Macandili, and Desiree Cheng of the Lady Spikers, and Jaja Santiago and Pablo of the Lady Bulldogs will prove to be vital cogs in the much-awaited DLSU versus NU match up.

Today at 2 pm at The Arena in San Juan, the DLSU Lady Spikers and the NU Lady Bulldogs shall meet for the first time this season. Will NU bounce back or will DLSU continue to dominate?


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PCCL: Green Archers remain undefeated with crucial victory over FEU

It seemed that the DLSU Green Archers have completed their revenge against familiar UAAP foes FEU Tamaraws after they dominated this season’s UAAP runner-ups in a lopsided win, 74-61, in the Elite Eight round of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) earlier today at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Big man Ben Mbala led the Taft-based squad with a double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jeron Teng added 14 points while Prince Rivero had his own double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Green Archers were off to a high note early in the first quarter as Teng, Rivero and Mbala took turns in making baskets to give their squad an early nine point lead, 14-5. La Salle maintained their dominance and ended the first quarter up by seven, 18-11.
La Salle continued to play consistently in the second quarter with a 7-2 run behind the efforts of Mbala and Thomas Torres. However, FEU was able to get back up from their slow start and scored eight straight points including a three pointer from Francis Tamsi to finally take the lead, 28-25.

The Tamaraws were able to lead by as much as eight points but the Green Archers were able to trim down the deficit to just four behind a three point basket by Robert Bolick. At the end of the first half, FEU was still on top, 37-33.

The Green Archers were quick to redeem themselves in the third quarter as they dominated FEU with a 13-2 run, with eight points coming from Mbala. The Taft-based squad contained FEU’s offense in the entire quarter while executing a good offense of their own. They managed to take care of a 14 point lead by the end of the third period, 60-46.

La Salle continued their hot streak in the fourth quarter with a three point field goal by Matt Salem to boost their lead to 19, 65-46. The lopsided match continued in the rest of the quarter. FEU’s Prince Orizu managed to score four straight points but wasn’t enough to get his team going. At the end of the final buzzer, the Green Archers took the victory, 74-61.

With today’s victory, the Green Archers are automatically qualified in the best-of-three finals series.

The Scores:
DLSU(74)- Mbala 20, Teng 14, Rivero 12, Torres 7, Salem 6, Tratter 5, Montalbo 5, Bolick 5, Pascual 0, Mustre 0, Muyang 0

FEU(61)-Trinidad 12, Tamsi 11, Orizu 10, Tolomia 7, Delfinado 6, Lee Yu 6, Escoto 5, Pogoy 4, Denila 0, Ebona 0

Quarter Scores
18-11, 33-37, 60-46, 74-61

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UAAP: Lady Spikers cruise past AdU in season-opener

The DLSU Lady Spikers displayed their winning form early on as they won against the Adamson Lady Falcons in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17.

Ara Galang led the squad in a dominating performance of 27 points off 22 attacks and five blocks. Camille Cruz also added 10 points as La Salle overcame their slow start against AdU.

The Lady Falcons relied heavily on Amanda Villanueva, Mylene Paat, and Jessica Galanza, who all provided the spark in AdU’s offense as they scored 16, 15, and 13 points respectively. However, Adamson eventually missed the services of last season’s key players in the third and fourth set as they struggled to keep up with La Salle’s offensive rally.
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Slow start

The Lady Spikers opened the first set at a slow rhythm as the Lady Falcons were able to quickly pace themselves, 8-4, heading into the first technical timeout. Several defensive lapses from La Salle halted them from taking the lead as they were down by four for most of the set. However, DLSU was able to complete a late rally behind the efforts of Galang, closing the set to their favor, 25-23.

The second set followed almost the same storyline in the second set, as several errors on the Lady Spikers put Adamson to lead by as much as nine points. Back-to-back points by Desiree Cheng, capped by a Mika Reyes service ace tied the match at 16. But La Salle was unable to pull away, with AdU responding to every point. Adamson seized the opportunity off La Salle’s errors late in the set as they claimed it at 26-24, preventing the Lady Spikers from staging another comeback.

Back in the rhythm

Composure was the name of the game for the Lady Spikers as they rode on a double digit lead midway through the third set. Adamson’s atackers were unable to slice through La Salle’s blocking department and floor spacing, allowing DLSU’s advantage to balloon to as much as 11 points. The third set ended with the Lady Spikers displaying their dominance, 25-14.

The Lady Spikers rode on this momentum, heading into the fourth set. Unlike in the first two sets, La Salle raced to an early 3-0 lead. AdU then answered with a rally of their own, putting the set at deadlock, 5-5.

The La Salle defense which mostly emanated from their frontline stagnated most of the offensive tricks planted by AdU, denying the Lady Falcons of a chance to turn things to their favor. Consecutive points from Galang and Camille Cruz helped La Salle pull away, as they eventually took the set, 25-17.

Next up for the Lady Spikers are the NU Lady Bulldogs whom they will face on November 26, Wednesday at 4 pm in The Arena in San Juan.

The Scores:
DLSU 3: Galang- 27, Ca. Cruz- 10, Reyes- 9, Cheng- 6, Fajardo- 5, Dy- 5, Soyud- 5, Cerveza- 3, Baron- 1

AdU 1: Villanueva- 16, Paat- 15, Galanza- 13, Alkuino- 5, Guevara- 5, Emnas- 3
Set Scores: 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17
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Must-tastes in FamilyMart

These days, it’s so easy to get lost with the myriad of food choices available to people. However, not all of those choices really guarantee satisfaction and a full stomach. In particular, students need to find the right balance between an affordable and a fulfilling meal  that will help them last throughout the school day. Instead of hopping all over Taft trying to decide where to eat, there’s one place you can go that has everything you need. Whether you’re just starting the day, trying to get a meal, or just looking for something to munch on while walking, FamilyMart has something for you. We present a list of the must-try snacks and food from the newest convenience store to hit this side of Agno Street.KBP_9990 [1600x1200]


Their ice cream is the newest taste that’s been added to Taft. Their pistachio and blueberry cheesecake flavors offer a nice alternative to the usual vanilla and chocolate ice cream available anywhere in Taft. You can even mix the two flavors together. The Twirl-All-You-Can comes with a cone and as much ice cream as you can fit in it—if you have the skills to twirl enough of it in without everything falling off. For only 30 pesos, you get as much ice cream as you’d need for dessert; a real bargain, seeing how students have already been filling the store to get a taste of it only a few days after its opening. The ice cream at FamilyMart is definitely a must-try for those passing by.

Chicken meals

Students looking for a surprising lunch will get a kick out of the chicken meal in FamilyMart. Not only is it affordable at P75 for a 1-piece meal and P135 for 2-pieces, but the flavor and serving are what it’s about. With zesty crust, the chicken is definitely worth trying out because of how succulent and scrumptious it is, some things that are missing from today’s plethora of chicken meals. Always served with hot rice, the meal comes with FamilyMart’s delicious gravy that seems familiar to the taste buds, but is actually distinct from the regular, run-of-the-mill sauces in the market.

Japanese Favorites

The newly open convenience store also gives customers a taste of its culture with a large selection of Japanese meals to choose from. They have different choices ranging from sushi, katsudon, oyakodon, teriyaki, cho soba, and more. They come in different combinations of meat and vegetables that cater to anyone’s preferences. What’s more is that most of these variants cost under a hundred pesos and are allowance friendly.

Family Café by UCC

For the many students who need some coffee to wake them up before class or keep themselves going through the night, FamilyMart also offers a nice selection of quality coffee products. They have the UCC cafe americanos, espressos, and lattes at a friendly price to give customers the jolt they need to stay on their feet. If it’s a colder drink you’re looking for, Nescafe shake is worth trying. It is an ice-blended drink with that coffee flavor that can go well with those hot, sunny days. While their coffee selection sounds like the standard menu for convenience stores everywhere, FamilyMart keeps an ace up its sleeves when it comes to the coffee competition. The Japanese convenience store also serves caffeine induced beverages from the famous Japanese coffee manufacturer, Ueshima Coffee Co. or UCC, to serve the students of Taft at a very accessible location.

Black-and-white cookie sandwich

For students looking to fulfil their sweet tooth cravings, FamilyMart is offering a really big one to induce their needs. Called the black-and-white cookie sandwich, this sweet dessert consists of two chocolate cookies serving as buns with a sweet vanilla filling sandwiched in the middle. In itself, the dessert is a complete sweet experience.

Johnsonville Sausages

And last but definitely not the least, is FamilyMart’s one of a kind sausage offering. While conveniece stores all aim to give its consumers a quick fix through a different hotdog flavors, FamilyMart ups the ante by serving the flavoursome and tender Johnsonville Sausages. These are available in different variatns such as smoked, cheese, or garlic, and can be served by itself, with rice, or on a bun. These sausages cost a bit more than the standard hotdog bun from other stores. However, the flavor it gives is definitely worth every cent.

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