One Lasalle Cheer Camp 2013

Cheerleading has been one of the fastest growing sports event in the country. From the simple yells and creative dance formations to the exquisite human pyramids and breathtaking gymnastics skills, cheerleading is now one of the trendiest happenings to almost everyone- everywhere.

Last April 24- 27, 2013 The Animo Squad of De La Salle University initiated the first One La Salle Cheer Camp at the Enrique Razon Sports Center, La Salle Greenhills. This event aims to bind the 17 Philippine Lasalle schools through preserving the Lasallian tradition of cheerleading while at the same time teach budding cheerleaders of basic and elite gymnastics, dance, and lifting skills.

Participating schools are as follow:

DLSU, DLS -CSB, DLS Zobel, DLS Araneta University, DLS Canlubang, DLS Lipa, De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College-Cebu, University of Saint La Salle- Bacolod, La Salle University- Ozamiz

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Lasalle schools in particular have been known for powerful sharp movements, flawless dance forms, and an impeccable execution of what cheerleaders called “Trads” or traditional floor movements.

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What separates Lasalle cheerleading from others is its seamless fusion of colorful tradition that dated back 1928 when the first pep squad were still called Yell Commanders and the incessant quest for perfection as the squad also improves in cheerleading skills throughout time. It is amazing to note how modern day cheerleaders were educated of the glorious history of famous Lasalle cheers, stance, form and basic hand movements; through this, the animo or school spirit glows and shows among Lasallian squads.

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Looking back and looking forward

The Four-day camp basically is a refresher course or to some an educational trip to history lane. Participants were given a quick glimpse of Lasalle cheerleading history, a view of the anatomy of the cheers, basic drumbeats, traditional movements, basic stunting and spotting techniques, and elite lifting skills as well.

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It might sound an overload of information, but the DLSU animo squad and the College of Saint Benilde Pep Squad have been cordial enough to welcome partakers and teach them the best that they can. Towards the last day, a practical application of everything learned was put to use as everyone was brought to a real game (DLSU vs San Sebastian-R) and was given an opportunity to hear drums roar and to cheer out loud for Lasalle; furthermore, after dinner time, fellowship nights packed with games   and activities made cheerleaders extra hyperactive (imagine the noise there was)

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One Lasalle Cheer Camp aims to promote “oneness” in movements and execution. It is goaled to create a strong network of lasallians helping other lasallians to progress all in the same harmonized pace. Moreover, it is to create a bond that humans as we cheer, aspire or hope is better when it is together.

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33 thoughts on “One Lasalle Cheer Camp 2013

  1. I look forward to you guys singing the older songs with the help of this video. There are a lot of battle cheers and fight songs that I hope you revive. Songs and cheers like Fight’em again La Salle, Sagitta – the Arrow, Aim your Arrows Higher, Hail Victus…La Salle!, Fight La Salle Song, La Salle Aim High Cheer, Archer’s Aim and several more…Movements -The La Salle spelling Archer Attack steps while doing the Stabbing arrow slide. If interested please call me at 09237307948 Martin. Thanks and please pray Domine, Opus Tuum before every game

  2. I hope all Lasallian schools sing their way to victory in every game ala Euro football. You can showcase lasallian tradition to the UAAP. Educate them about what Animo La Salle…Fight! is all about through our 1920’s traditional fight songs, battle cheers and floor movements. Domine, Opus Tuum.

  3. Lasallian Tradition: The history behind the singing of our Alma Mater and the raising of a defiant clenched fist during Lasallian events and sports games
    De La Salle was the first school in the Philippines to sing it’s alma mater song with a raised clenched fisted “HAIL” salute in a spirited defiance against a winless
    NCAA basketball season. It was the worst NCAA season of the Green Archers. The game being the last for that season prompted our proud DLSC Yell Commanders to rally the Green and White Gallery to sing much louder and longer than usual. Our alma mater song could be heard all the way to Taft Ave. and Vito Cruz and also by several on going evening classes in Taft. During the 1960’s Lasallites sang and raised their fist not for the glory of victory but in a stubborn and spirited defiance of defeat. The words of our alma mater song “NEVER SHALL WE FAIL” was deeply felt thus uniting all lasallites to valiantly refuse to lose. This 1960’s lasallian tradition is now being emulated and copied by several UAAP and NCAA schools at the end of every game…AN1MO LA SALLE! The spirit of FAITH and ZEAL drives us…Saint La Salle

  4. Notable La Salle Yell Commander Team – Alumni
    (Incomplete list)

    1. Ambassador Ramon del Rosario – donated the main bldg of De La Salle, Canlubang and CEO of Asian Bank
    2. Jose Cusia – Central Bank Governor and CEO of Philamlife Insurance
    3. Pinky Webb – Chnl. 23 News Personality
    4. Bobong Velez – CEO of P.B.A. Vintage Enterprises / Manager of the DLSU men’s basketball team
    5. Gov. Teodoro De Vera of Sorsogon – founder of the Liberal Party of the Phils.
    6. World War II hero – Col. James Russel USAF (Rektikano)
    7. Gov. Lacson of Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    8. Former Vice Major Joseph – Makati City
    9. Carlos Valdez – Under Secretary of Education
    10. Mark Joseph – CEO of Dominoes Pizza Philippines and Krispy Kreme???? or his brother
    11. Jonathan Atayde – President LSGHAA
    12. CEO Johnny Valdez – CEO of Johnny Air Cargo/ Former DLSU men’s basketball manager
    13. Don Paquito Ortigas – donated the LSGH campus and named his subdivision “Green Hills”, home of his beloved Green Archers
    14. Chef Gene Gonzalez – Café Isabel / culinary columnist in Manila Bulletin
    15. Rajo Laurel fashion czar who designs the ladies dlsu pep uniform
    16. Noly Caluag – U.S. based taekwando instructor and businessman
    17. Riquet Lagdameo – Pres. of Manila Memorial / DLSAA President
    18. “Danny” Aldeguer Wieneke Inventor of the “GAS SAVE” device
    19. Lamberto De Ocampo – former DLSAA president and owner of the famous “WHAMMOS” cupcake delights. He along with Br. Benedict FSC initiated the

    revival of our pre-war cheers with an aid of a vintage Archer’s Cheer book.
    20. Ambassador Carlos Palanca – owner of La Todena
    21. Comedian Dodo Gonzalez of Buddy Buddies Chnl.2
    22. Say Alonzo CSB Green Peppers (Big Brother Fame)
    23. Jorge Araneta – Pizza Hut Phils., Araneta Commercial, Coliseum and DLSU-Araneta
    24. Joey Villareal – Hola Espana
    25. Mike Enriquez – VP of GMA 7 and former DLSC Yell Commander Drummer
    26. Tito Rey – Co-proprietor of Kamayan
    27. Juanito Gervacio Former DLSAA President and owner of OLYMPIC VILLAGE
    28. Juan Valdes – Former DLSAA president
    (and more…………)
    Posted by: deangomez | Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Trivia: Former LS Yell Commander Amb. Ramon del Rosario, CEO of the Phinma Group of Companies, donated the P150 million Phinma Training Facility in

    Tagaytay to DLSU. The huge facility was renamed as the DLSU-Phinma Executive Training Center.
    UP, Ateneo and ABS-CBN and a host of other major corporations conduct their corporate meetings and seminars in this DLSU Tagaytay facility.

    Posted by: deangomez | Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    La Salle has a lot of better sounding NCAA fight songs and battle cheers than what we’re accustomed to hearing in the UAAP,they’re just dusting away in our

    archives. A lot of our initial 1920’s & 30’s fight songs and battle cheers were made by our American Irish Christian Brothers FSC.

    Battle Songs:
    1. The Green Archer Song – “On Into The Fight”
    2. Men of La Salle – LS Hong Kong
    3. The De La Salle Song
    4. Cheer, Cheer for Old De La Salle
    5. Fight Song
    6. Onward Green Archers
    7. Marching Song
    8. Anchors Aweigh
    9. Oh When La Salle
    10. La Salle Fight – LS USA
    11. Go La Salle Song
    12. Aim High La Salle
    13. Aim Your Arrows Higher
    14. Hail to De La Salle – Alma Mater Song
    15. Shoot that ball old De La Salle
    16. Get that ball old De La Salle
    17. Animo La Salle!
    18. March On Lasalista Song – Don Paquito Ortigas

    Battle Cheers:
    1. Rektikano – by Col. James Russel USAFFE DLSC
    2. Yama Ka Dep LSC
    3. Boo Ma Kaya – DLSZ
    4. Zama-Zipa-Zam DLSC
    5. Haydee LSC
    6. Indivisa Manent – United , we stand
    7. Signum Fidei – Faith In Green and White
    8. La Salle Spelling
    9. Green Archer Spelling
    10. Go La Salle…Go, Go La Salle Chant
    11. Who’s Goin To Win This Game?
    12. Fight’em Again…Hard La Salle!
    13. Animo Green! Animo White!…La Salle will Fight!
    14. D-LS-U…Animo La Salle!
    15. Fight De La Salle Fight
    16. La Salle Rally
    17. Archers Aim
    18. Shoulder to Shoulder
    19. Strawberry Shortcake
    20. Fight, Fight Green & White
    21. Hold’em Tight La Salle
    22. A-N-IMO…Animo La Salle!
    23. Defense-De La Salle-Defense
    24. La Salle Fans In The Stands – DLSZ
    25. La Salle Vivo Vivo Vum – LS Canada
    26. Archers!
    27. Mighty Bengals – DLSZ
    28. Animo La Salle…Fight!
    29. La Salle Rally!
    30. Higher De La Salle Archer – Aim your arrows higher
    Anti-ateneo Cheers:
    (Circa 1960-70’s)
    1. The Roof -1990’s – DLSZ
    2. Blue Eggless Spelling – LSGH
    3. TAENEO Spelling – LSGH
    4. Loyola Memorial Song – LSGH
    5. Fuck Blue! Fuck White! – LSGH
    6. Taeneo…Ba-Su-Ra Chant – LSGH
    7. Halikan Mo! (halikinoh – LSGH
    8. Animo La Salle Fight…Beat Taeneo – LSGH

    New La Salle Songs:
    1. Rektikano Song – DLSU
    2. We’ve Won – Gary Valenciano – LSGH
    3. One La Salle Song – Br. Bernie Oca FSC & Juan Miguel Salvador – LSGH
    4. Cheers to De La Salle – LSGH
    5. Hail One La Salle!

    Religious Songs:
    1. Live Jesus In Our Hearts Song – YouTube
    2. Honnuer a toi Glorieux De La Salle (300 yr. old battle song of our Christian Brothers FSC) – France
    3. We are Lasallian – Singapore
    4. One La Salle Prayer Song

    Submitted by: Cindy – US Cheer

    Dominate the floor,
    Archers raise that score.
    Give it all you got,
    Archers make that shot.
    Go Green!
    Go Gold!
    Archers make that shot!

    I hope and wish they get revived by the DLSU Animo squad. Our older NCAA fight songs and battle cheers would surely rock the UAAP. Sigh!

  5. Sagitta – Please revive the “Arrow” cheer should be revived…an intimidating cheer that was not allowed by our Christian Brothers to be used against Ateneo.

  6. SAGITTA – La Salle Aim High!, La Salle Aim True!, La Salle Aim High and True!…My Arrow through you 3X – Pause La Salle!…Go Fight’em with an A and an R and R and an O and a W…ARROW! La Salle pierce it through 3X Go D-LS-C…Fight!

  7. Hail Victus La Salle! – Hail Victus La Salle…Rah!Rah!Rah!2x Hail Victus2x Hail Victus…La Salle Rah! {cheered with pump fist action}

  8. FERUS – A hail of arrows fly Go piercing throught the sky A hail of GREEN… A hail of WHITE… A hail of GREEN and WHITE… Green Archer Might! A hail of arrows fly!…Ferus La Salle! Rx: to be cheered before Sagitta

  9. INDIVISA MANENT – United, we stand – One La Salle! a thousand year old battle cry of the de la salle family

  10. How the Ateneo – La Salle rivalry began –

    By RJ Ledesma (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 17, 2013 – 12:00am

    President Manuel Quezon tossing the ball at the first Ateneo-La Salle Alumni Dual Meet in 1939. Photo courtesy of DLSU archives, compiled by Paul H. Arcenas
    It is the rivalry that has sold sports apparel, donuts and specialty drinks in convenience stores. It is the rivalry that helps Araneta Center and the SM Arena meet its

    profit margins. It is the rivalry that even has its own Wikipedia entry.

    It is the rivalry that brings out the better in the bitter for those of us whose blood flows blue or green. It’s UAAP season and the sixth men on both sides can’t wait

    for the Ateneo-La Salle men’s basketball game.

    In the first rubber match for the UAAP’s 76th season, it was the Green Archers’ turn at hardcourt glory. But who’s keeping count, really? (It is actually their 78th

    encounter. That’s 39 apiece for La Salle since 1939, if you count the years of 2003-2005 when La Salle’s championships were forfeited. Like I said, its own

    Wikipedia entry.)

    Yup, the rivalry runs deep in our alien blood. Which actually raises the question: How did the Ateneo-La Salle basketball rivalry start in the first place? And what has

    been the body count so far (since it doesn’t appear in the Wikipedia entry)?

    When I thought I found the answer to that question, it appeared that this storied, generational (and even inter-generational) rivalry ran thicker than usual in my

    circulatory system.

    It was before the invention of color-coding and before the invention of the cassette tape. Even before the invention of Facebook. The year was 1939, and the

    National College Athletic Association (NCAA) was in full swing. La Salle and Ateneo were both part of the league, but the rivalry of the day wasn’t Eagle versus

    Archer; it was Eagle versus another alpha-member of the animal kingdom: the San Beda Red Lions.

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    But it was in the NCAA’s 16th season that the seeds were planted for a future rivalry that has been the leading cause of heart attacks, hair loss and aneurysms among

    students, alumni and faculty from both sides: the first-ever championship matchup between the boys in blue and the boys in green. The Blue Eagles had been heavily

    favored to cop the 16th NCCA pennant and had won every game leading to the finals.

    However, like any La Salle–Ateneo game, statistics were about as useful as the yellow lanes along EDSA. After a hard-fought rubber match where claw met

    arrowpoint, La Salle outscored Ateneo 27 to 23 (yes, you read the score right), with La Salle bagging its first-ever NCAA title.

    Maybe it was the electricity from both sides of the court that powered the match or maybe it was all the testosterone bubbling throughout the game that put hair on

    the chest of those in attendance or maybe it was the intoxicating smell of pomade and gym socks wafting in the gymnasium, but the Finals match prompted the alumni

    of both schools to hold yearly La Salle-Ateneo “friendlies” (hee-hee, “friendlies” they call it). I suspect that the friendlies were also a venue for them to grow more

    chest hair as well. So on Oct. 22, 1939, the first La Salle-Ateneo friendship game was held in Rizal Tennis Stadium with President Manuel Quezon tossing the first


    “In the NCAA games from the very start, Ateneo and La Salle had a very heavy following because of the color that predominates whenever these two colleges meet

    each other,” read the article “Tale of Two Colleges” in RAH! — the 1940 commemorative program of the Ateneo-La Salle friendship games. “It is a matter of fact

    that these two colleges are mainly responsible for the introduction and development of organized cheering in the games. This ‘palabas’ is something which provides

    that intangible color in every game and adds to the thrill of watching a contest on the basketball court.”

    The president of Ateneo, Fr. Carroll I. Fasy, SJ, added, “This yearly gesture of friendship and goodwill between our two colleges is a fine thing that deserves to

    become a tradition. La Salle and Ateneo have much in common. They have the education of the Filipino youth, the training of character by religion, the preservation

    of the glorious heritage of Faith in the Philippines, as the common aims. In the classroom and afterward in the world, La Sallites and Ateneans are imbued with and

    are guided by the same ideals.”

    But of course, these friendship games were a great venue for both sides to slap on their tribal colors, do their war dances, and curse those on the opposite side of the

    hardcourt but in a friendly manner. The winner of the dual meet went home with the Quezon trophy while the loser, in the spirit of friendship, also went home with

    another trophy, the “Kalabasa.” Now, that’s a trophy you would want to proudly display inside your broom closet.

    And since the universe demands a cosmic balance, the Blue Eagles won the first Ateneo-La Salle friendly after a hard fight. (But what Ateneo-La Salle game isn’t a

    hard fight?)

    But just why does blood run thicker for me when we it comes to this rivalry? Apparently, the idea to stage a dual meet percolated in the heads of Carlos Ledesma

    from La Salle and by Benjamin Arcenas of Ateneo. Carlos Ledesma was the first cousin of my lolo, Ricardo Ledesma. Meanwhile, my lolo’s sister, Corazon, was

    married to Benjamin Arcenas (Incidentally, Carlos Ledesma was the father of Cong. Jules Ledesma). In effect, my great granduncles are to thank for testing the

    efficacy of my hair-loss prevention every time there is an Ateneo-La Salle game (there is a reason my dad’s is now a reflectorized surface). But, more importantly,

    both Ateneans and La Sallians should thank them for helping build school pride. And Adidas, Krispy Kreme, 7-Eleven, Araneta Center, Studio 23 should thank

    them for helping build their profit/loss statements.

    However, was basketball the end all and be all of the rivalry between both schools? Or was there an even bigger rivalry between both institutions that led to that

    incendiary spark that has singed feathers and melted quivers? Could the spark have been the choice of school colors? Since the Jesuits were the first to arrive in

    Philippine shores, their school color was blue. However, La Salle’s school colors in the motherhouse were blue and gold. Did La Salle have to forcibly change its

    school colors to green because of the Jesuits? (The truth behind this is far less controversial: the green colors, which were first worn by the members of the varsity

    squad, betrayed the Irish heritage of the sports director, Brother Cerba John.) Or could the spark have been football, since it was a fanatically huge sport back in the

    pre-Azkal years of the 1930s, so much so that it was made a priority sport by the country’s physical director at that time, Dr. Regino Ylanan? Or could the spark

    have been with regard to which school had more coños in their roster?

    Apparently, the rivalry was deeper than all that.

    It was a rivalry that got downright Latin. And we aren’t talking about Latin dancing.

    It was so down and dirty that it had a whole article devoted to it in the Catholic Historical Review of 1990 titled “The Latin Question: A Conflict in Catholic Higher

    Education between Jesuits and Christian Brothers in Late Nineteenth-Century America.” (Can you hear the explosions in the background?) The article was written

    by Bro. Ronald Eugene Isetti, FSC, a history professor at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. But for purposes of cosmic balance, Fr. Wilfred P. Schoenberg,

    SJ who had written such books as A History of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest and Paths to the Northwest: A Jesuit History, suggested changes and

    corrections to the final text of the article.

    The article was a surprisingly intriguing read about a controversy that erupted in the late 19th century America between the Jesuits and the Christian Brothers — the

    two largest teaching congregations of the Catholic Church — as they stepped on each other’s educational toes in the vast Catholic educational system that the

    American bishops were crafting in the wake of their Civil War. There was enough intrigue, finger-pointing and ecclesiastical chess-playing over the controversy to fill

    at least seven seasons worth of a teleserye plus a movie spin-off.

    Apparently in the “Old World,” the Jesuits and Christian Brothers had a long-standing albeit unspoken understanding between them when it came to their respective

    educational turfs. It was a “stick to what you know, we stick to what we know, and we won’t ruffle each other’s vestments” sort of an arrangement. The Jesuits

    would handle the classical / liberal arts education, while the Christian Brothers would handle the commercial and technical education.

    However, the Brothers started treading into Jesuit territory when they introduced classical education (i.e., teaching Latin) at the secondary and collegiate levels of

    schools. It began when the Archbishop of Missouri Peter Richard Kenrick requested the Christian Brothers School in his territory to teach Latin to prepare parochial

    school graduates for the major seminary. Although the Bishop had been sending his candidates to the local Jesuit college for their secondary studies in preparation for

    the seminary, he was less than thrilled with the results. Instead of joining the Archdiocesan seminary, the graduates either entered the Jesuit novitiate (God forbid, as

    far as the Archbishop was concerned) or gave up on vocations altogether. Apparently, the good archbishop had no qualms over the Brothers educating his wards to

    prepare them for the priesthood since the Brothers had sworn off priesthood altogether to focus primarily on education (apparently, the archbishop wasn’t concerned

    as well that the Brothers might recruit his wards into becoming Brothers as well).

    But teaching Latin posed a dilemma for the Christian Brothers of the United States. As a rule, the Brothers were banned from teaching all classical studies in their

    schools to close off any followers from a path leading towards the priestly vocation and ensure that the Brothers remained steadfast in their special mission in the

    Church of teaching basic subjects and religion to poor boys in their native tongue. Moreover, in Europe, classical studies had long been identified with the upper


    However, the situation in the “New World” was markedly different. Young men from immigrant families could improve their social standing in American society by

    climbing up the rungs of higher education, which meant they had to study Latin and Greek if they wanted to pursue a bachelor of arts degree (a secondary reason for

    the Brothers that made teaching Latin even more compelling).

    So the Brother Principal of the school had to obtain permission from their “big boss” — the Superior General of the Christian Brothers — to teach Latin, a move that

    was met with much trepidation even among the higher officials of the Christian Brothers in Europe themselves.

    This move put them on a collision course with the Jesuits, who wanted the Brothers to stick to elementary, commercial and technical schools, an educational line that

    had been clearly drawn in the Old World. In 1858, the Society of Jesus lodged a formal complaint with Holy See that the Christian Brothers in the United States

    were violating their charter within the Church by moving into educational territory where they didn’t belong. As a result of their complaint, the Sacred Congregation

    de Propaganda Fide (which exercised jurisdiction over the Catholic Church in the United States at the time) sent the leader of their American hierarchy to St. Louis

    to investigate the charges leveled by the Jesuits.

    Finally in 1894, during a General Chapter of the Christian Brothers Institute in France, the teaching of Latin in the United States was once again raised by the

    European-based Brothers who felt that it undermined the mission of the Institute. Thus, after decades of accommodations and compromises for the American

    Brothers, the General Chapter voted to maintain the articles of the Rule banning the study and teaching Latin “in their full force and vigor in all our establishments.”

    Whoa. This decision dealt a devastating blow to the extensive United States school system that had been set up by the Brothers to prepare young men to enter the

    priesthood and help improve the standing of young immigrants in American society but it also derailed the plans of the American archbishops who wanted to build

    Catholic higher education in the United States. Despite representations made by American archbishops to amend this decision, the ban was upheld by the Superior

    General in 1895. (In a memorandum sent by Bro. Joseph Josserand, the Superior General of that time, he wrote “Our Brothers, in limiting themselves to technical

    teaching, will avoid arousing on the part of congregations whose end is the teaching of the classics rivalries which are always regrettable and which can only be

    prejudicial to the charity and union so necessary between religious institutes” which indicated his desire not to butt heads with the “Illustrious Society of Jesus.”)

    However, It proved nearly impossible to convince the American Brothers that the Jesuits was not involved in this decision to uphold the ban, especially since an

    influential Jesuit Cardinal, Camillo Mazzella, had sat on the special panel (although based on the article, most charges of Jesuit interference were often based on

    circumstantial evidence). Despite the ban on teaching the classics, the American Brothers lobbied for its re-instatement almost to the point of expulsion. There even

    came a point when the Brothers taught Latin surreptitiously in an apartment owned by the school’s baseball coach across the campus (and when this was discovered

    by the Jesuits, the Jesuits promptly made them sumbong to Church authorities who had the storefront Latin school shut down.)

    So, could the current basketball rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle actually be a remnant of the rivalry between the Jesuits and Christian Brothers in the United

    States? Well, some of the first set of Christian Brothers who set foot in the Philippines came from the US. But who petitioned the Brothers to come over to the

    Islands in the first place? Archbishop Jeremiah Hames Harty, the Archbishop of Manila from 1903 to 1916. Archbishop Harty was a product of the Christian

    Brothers School in St. Louis, Missouri, where the Brothers first taught Latin in the United States.

    The article ends by saying, “It is pleasant to note that today the Jesuit and Christian Brother high schools and colleges compete with each other without apparent

    acrimony or bitterness, except perhaps on the basketball court.” Hmmm. But perhaps, if we listen closely enough to a Jesuit or a Christian Brother in the heat of the

    next Ateneo-La Salle match, you might hear them cursing in Latin under their breaths. But in as friendly a manner as possible. Let’s find out in the second game this


    ANIMO LA SALLE! v.s. One Big Fight, Ateneo!


    The Explainer: La Salle Ateneo Rivalry
    The Explainer ANC by ysa

    That was a video we looted from Youtube, and it shows an Ateneo-La Salle Game ending up in a free for all between players and students from both sides.
    Tonight we’d like to focus on the La Salle Ateneo rivalry, as the debaters of both schools set out to do verbal battle on this station later this week.
    Why do do the Green Archers always aim their arrows at the Blue Eagles? The history of a rivalry, and how it’s more ancient than you think, is our topic for tonight.
    I’m Manolo Quezon. The Explainer.

    I. Us against Them

    To show you how silly school rivalries get, recently my friends from the Ateneo de Manila sent me this picture, from the UAAP games:
    Not being either an Atenean or a Lasallian, but out of respect for the memory of my dad, who went to La Salle for grade school and part of I high school, I decided

    to send my Ateneo friends an equally meaningful picture.
    I titled it, The Pride of the Ateneo.
    Obviously, they weren’t amused.
    But then, the cleverest response came not from Ateneans or LaSallians, but from AMA Computer College, of all places:
    It says, “Dito ka na. AMA. Mas madali pang ispell.”
    Funny, no?
    Now tonight isn’t about the histories of De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University. Instead, we have to ask ourselves, why do Ateneans and

    LaSallians have this rivalry that transcends academics? It’s a cultural thing.
    It actually starts early in Spanish colonial times, when the Philippines was carved up between the religious orders. A Dominican, the late Pablo Fernandez, wrote his

    “History of the Church in the Philippines,” chronicles the arrival of the various religious orders.
    The Augustinian Recollects arrived with Legazpi’s expedition, and promptly established San Agustin.
    The Franciscans arrived on June 24, 1578.
    The Jesuits arrived September 17, 1581.
    The Dominicans arrived on July 21, 1587.
    The Recollects arrived in May, 1606.
    Much later came the Vicentians in 1862, and the Benedictines last of all, in 1895.
    Of these orders, only two engaged in the task of establishing institutions for secondary and higher education. Of course, from the earliest times the religious orders set

    up primary schools, but the serious organization of secondary education along modern lines began in 1865, with the recognition of two schools as, essentially, modern

    high schools and which also offered the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.
    These schools were the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which dates its foundation to 1620, and the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, administered by the Jesuits since

    The monopoly of granting academic degrees for higher education, however, was given to only one institution, the University of Santo Tomas, established in 1611.
    All three institutions –Letran, the Ateneo, and UST- were located in Intramuros, which, with its looming old buildings and narrow streets, was a delightful place for a

    If you go through accounts of 19th century students, mostly handed down in oral histories in families of alumni, you’ll find the emergence of a battle that was basically,

    something familiar to us, today.
    The Jocks versus the Nerds. The Jocks were the Letranites, and the Nerds were the Ateneans, and add to this, the hot-blooded nature of the mestizos that tended to

    go to school in Letran, and you can imagine what happened.
    Think of it this way, the exemplar of the Ateneo was, of course, Jose Rizal, who, as he was marched off to his execution, did his alma mater the honor of pausing to

    look at the Ateneo, and sigh about the happy memories he had of the place.
    Letran, on the other hand, would produce people ranging from Aguinaldo to Quezon, aggressive people of action.
    But these were fights that took place, because the schools were in the same neighborhood, and so ambushes were bound to happen.
    But by the 1930s, Ateneo had moved out of Intramuros, and why is, that around the same decade, the main fight between schools became the Ateneo-La Salle

    Let’s backtrack a bit, to the year 1911. In that year, a new religious order, not of priests, but brothers, arrived, with a teaching mission. That order was the Christian

    Brothers. They founded a school named after their founder, St. John Baptist La Salle.
    Why would the country need yet another religious order setting up yet another school?
    One reason, of course, was that the Dominicans, the Jesuits, the Benedictines and all the others remained thoroughly in the hands of the Spaniards.
    Under the New American order, you couldn’t have medieval-minded Spanish clergymen educating the sons of the wealthy and well-connected, could you?
    So the Christian Brothers set up their school, and attracted to it, two kinds of people, mainly. Mestizos, the sons of the men of prominence in politics and business

    who’d previously gone to Letran, and the Chinese Filipinos who then, as now, were people of consequence in commerce.
    It was only a little later that Ateneo de Manila, in turn, shifted from the control of the Spanish Jesuits to American Jesuits, and they, in turn, concentrated their efforts

    on attracting the wealthy and well connected in the professions of law, literature, and so forth.
    And this explains why for older Filipinos from our wealthy and professional classes, mestizos and Chinese Filipinos interested in commerce went to La Salle, and their

    peers interested in law and writing went to the Ateneo. The Jocks moved to La Salle, the nerds stuck to the Ateneo.
    But not being neighbors, the opportunities for gang warfare diminished, so where did the rivalry between Letran and Ateneo turn into the rivalry between La Salle and

    the Ateneo?
    We owe that rivalry to basketball, and that’s what we’ll tackle, when we return.

    II. Eagles and Archers

    Besides throwing bottles and engaging in fisticuffs, it’s the cheers and jeers and the bellowing of alma mater songs, that are the focus of school pride. And so, that

    Youtube video of Ateneans and LaSallians hooting at each other at a game.
    As we saw in the previous portion, it took the development of an arena, for the warriors of schools to seek glory and triumph for their schools.
    There are two arenas for testosterone-laden confrontations, and those are the NCCA and the UAAP.
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was established in 1924. It was here that La Salle and Ateneo battled each other until the Ateneo de Manila

    University left the league in 1978 due to violence, and La Salle left after a riotous game with Letran in 1980.
    The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) was established in 1938 and has been the venue for the annual DLSU-ADMU confrontations since

    they both resumed fighting in the same arena in 1986.
    But Francis Manglapus, son of the late Raul S. Manglapus, reminded me that in the 20s to the late 30s, the main rivals at the NCAA were Ateneo and San Beda. He

    says a highly emotional La Salle Ateneo game right before the War, sparked the open rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle.
    My conjecture, and this is only a guess, is that prior to that, the main rival of La Salle had been Letran, both with heavily mestizo populations at the time, while as two

    nerd-dominated institutions, San Beda and Ateneo were natural, rivals, too.
    And so, it was basketball, not debating, not academics, that provided a means for schools to engage in permanent rivalry.
    And it’s interesting that we have visual proof of what Francis Manglapus told me, because you can date the mascots of perennial rivals Ateneo and La Salle to the

    1930s, too.
    Ateneo’s Blue Eagle,
    And La Salle’s Green Archer are basically more interested in fighting each other than any other school and any other mascot.
    And we see it, too, in three songs that characterize three different eras.
    Letran’s song, is clearly one from the Spanish era, and is perhaps the oldest collegiate alma mater song in the basketball games. I’ve been hearing it every year since

    our family goes to Letran every August 19.
    Here it is:

    Alma Mater, Letran esplendente !
    Beloved Mother, Glorious Letran!

    Como el sol es tu gloria, sin fin,
    As the sun is your glory forever,

    Y perfuman los lauros tu ambiente
    And the laurels give aroma to your air

    Como exhala su aroma el jasmin
    As the jasmin breathes off its fragrance.

    Orgullosos de ti y de tu historia
    Proud of you and your history

    Nuestras almas desde hoy juraran;
    Our souls from today shall swear;

    Conquistar por tu honor nuevas glorias
    To conquer for your honor new glory

    Y jamas olvidarte, Letran !
    And never to forget you, Letran!

    The next oldest and which would have been a hallmark of an older rivalry, the Letran-Ateneo fight, is Blue Eagle, the King, which the Ateneo website tells us the

    King was written during the 1939 summer vacation, by Raul Manglapus. He tried it out first on friends in Baguio, then when classes re-opened he had it

    performed by baritone Serafin Garcia before a Committee of Faculty members and Student leaders.
    The music was transcribed and orchestrated by Maestro Lucio San Pedro, noted Filipino composer, who was then the Ateneo bandmaster. Blue Eagle,

    the King was immediately and unanimously approved, and was sung by the students for the first time at a convocation.
    Here’s a rare recording, in New Orleans Dixieland style, of Raul Manglapus and the Executive Band, performing his composition, Fly High, Blue Eagle the King.
    But the song, of course, can’t be appreciated to full effect without lyrics, so here’s a contemporary version by the Blue Babble Battalion, complete with –ugh- electric


    Fly high!
    Blue Eagle fly and carry our cry
    across the sky,
    Cast your shadows below
    Swoop down on the foe
    And sweep up the fields away!
    Fly high! Over the trees
    Make known through the breeze
    Our Victories
    Spread wide each wing
    For you are the King
    Blue Eagle the King!
    Oh the Eagle’s the king of them all.
    And his blue feathers never will fall.
    For the Blue and the White
    And the Eagle’s in flight,
    Ateneo will fight today!

    As for La Salle’s song, it’s of a more modern vintage. Adie C. Pena kindly provided information on La Salle’s song.

    The melody of the La Salle Alma Mater came from San Joaquin
    Memorial (then a La Salle school in Fresno, California) where Br.
    Stephen Malachy FSC was assigned in the 1950s.

    Br. Malachy brought the melody to the Philippines and, with the help of Br Bonaventure Richard FSC, made the song more relevant by revising some of the lyrics.

    Jess Gallegos of DLSU HS64 remembers Br Malachy, with the aid of his small harmonica, teaching them the song during a graphics class in their sophomore year

    The song was first performed during the high school graduation ceremony of Mr. Gallegos and his batch mates in 1964.
    The following year, the song was sung at the NCAA games.
    A former Sports Editor of “The La Sallian,” Vancouver-based Dante Acuna wrote recently that the Alma Mater was introduced to the sports crowd during the 1965

    NCAA basketball season. Mapua Tech had beaten La Salle by one point but as deflated as the LaSallites were, everybody stayed to sing the Alma Mater; Acuna

    wrote that a at its final crescendo of “hail hail hail”, he felt a big chunk of the disappointment being washed away and replaced by a fierce pride in his school and in

    the athletes lined up on the court, their heads held high.
    Incidentally, Dante added: “(I)t was La Salle that pioneered the practice of a school song at the end of sporting contests; after a few years, other NCAA schools

    started jumping in with their own.”
    And so, here’s La Salle’s song:
    Hail, Hail?
    Alma Mater
    Hail to De La Salle!?
    We’ll hold your banner high and bright,
    ?A shield of green and white.?
    We’ll fight to keep your glory bright,?
    And never shall we fail,
    ?Hail to thee our Alma Mater!?
    Hail! Hail! Hail!

    According to Adie, older alumni remember singing “Cheer, cheer for old De La Salle” (based on the Notre Dame song) in the 40s, 50s and even well into the 60s. In

    the 70s, they remember two songs that were introduced — “Oh When La Salle Comes Marching In” (based on “When the Saints Come Marching In”) and “Go La

    Among those songs, “Go La Salle” is the only one sung today by the younger generation.
    For the historical record, and because we played 2 version of Blue Eagle The King, here’s the video they made of the old song, “Go La Salle.”

    Now do our theories, dating back to Intramuros rumbles, American de-hispanicization of the schools, and the NCCA and UUAP, hold water? We’ll ask our guests

    when we return.

    My view

    Pat and I didn’t go to La Salle, we didn’t go to the Ateneo, we both attended UP where she finished and I did not. But we all need spirit, family pride, school pride,

    pride in our city, province, and most of all, country.
    The World of Felix Roxas, published by the Filipiniana Book Guild, has interesting accounts of the Ateneo in the 19th Century. And Carlos Quirino, of course, has

    published a thorough history of De La Salle. Every school, in fact, has its history and you should know the history of your school.
    All I can say is whatever banner you hold high, hold it up with courage, yes, but also, with honor.

    1. The La Salle Blue & Gold Explorer Spirit Team of the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference from Philadelphia U.S.A.

  12. LA SALLE

    La Salle – “Salla” = Room or classroom
    ateneo – “athaneum” = school




    AN1MO Squad / Yell Command
    blue babble battalion

    Green Archers
    blue eagles

    Lasallien –
    Sign of Faith
    Ignatian –
    Men for others

    Lasallites –
    Christian Gentlemen
    Ateneans –
    Men for others

    Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle
    Patron Saint of Teachers
    Pray for us
    Saint Ignatius de Loyola
    Patron Saint of Recollections
    Pray for us

    Christian Brothers

    F.S.C. – Fratres Scholarum Christianarum
    S.J. – Societas Jesu

    Spirit of Faith & Zeal

    Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

    Religio, Mores et Cultura
    Lux In Domino

    I will continue O my God to do all my actions for Love of you
    For the Greater Glory of God

    Live JESUS In Our Hearts, Forever!
    MARY For You…

    On into the FIGHT!…Green Archers Battle Song
    blue eagle the king song

    Rektikano Rah!

    Aim High!
    fly high!

    fight! fight! blue & white!

    Never Shall We Fail!
    win or LOSE it’s the school we choose

    go ateneo!

    Indivisa Manent!
    Permanently Indivisible!
    One La Salle!
    one ateneo!

    one big fight!

  13. Hopefully there could be a recreation of the classic cheers that aren’t used anymore and can be uploaded somewhere online.

  14. To always do Ordinary things
    Extraordinarily well!
    …Saint Benilde

    The Spirit of FAITH & ZEAL drives us
    …Saint La Salle

    Live by the Spirit of FAITH
    Serve with the Spirit of ZEAL
    …Saint La Salle

    Domine, Opus Tuum
    Lord, the work is yours
    …Saint La Salle

    Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of GOD.
    …Saint La Salle

    I will continue O my GOD to do all my actions for Love of You
    …Saint La Salle

    Live JESUS In Our Hearts, Forever!
    …Saint La Salle


    Hail Invictus La Salle!
    Hail Invictus La Salle!
    Hail Invictus!
    Hail Victorious!
    Hail Invictus La Salle!
    Repeat 3x

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