Tams upset DLSU in UAAP Opening Day

887313_904634432885956_3403286065021124697_oWith floaters, step-back jumpers and clutch three-point shots, Mike Tolomia led the FEU Tamaraws to an Opening Day win against the UAAP defending champion DLSU Green Archers yesterday, 82-77, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tolomia exploded for 20 points in the second half with 13 coming in the fourth quarter. Mac Belo and the returning-Russel Escoto ably supported with 20 and 13 points respectively.

FEU 82: Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Inigo 4, Jose 3, Hargrove 2
DLSU 77: Vosotros 18, Teng 14, Perkins 11, T. Torres 9, N. Torres 7, Van Opstal 6, Montalbo 6, Tratter 2, Sargent 2, Rivero 2

Quarter scoring: 10-23, 33-37, 57-59, 82-77

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FEU Baby Tamaraws put an end to San Beda Red Cubs’ four-year reign in preseason meet

Baby Tams FilOil Champ 2014FAR Eastern University-Diliman ended the reign of San Beda in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup juniors division with an 80-72 victory on Sunday in the championship game at The Arena in San Juan.

Marvin Lee had 25 points and seven reounds, while Brandrey Bienes had 19 points for the Baby Tamaraws, who ended the Red Cubs’ run of four straight championships in the juniors event of the preseason tournament.

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FEU Lady Tams dethrone NU Lady Bulldogs to take 1st Conference crown

The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws dethroned last season’s champs, the National University Lady Bulldogs, using a straight sets win, 25-21 25-23 25-18, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena, to sweep the best-of-three Finals series of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 – First Conference.

The Lady Tamaraws dominated the league upon the arrival of reinforcements Rachelle Ann Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga.

“Sila talaga yung nagsalba sa amin,” Coach Shaq Delos Santos admitted as his team struggled in the preliminary round prior to the addition of the veterans. “Salba talaga dahil almost di kami makapasok sa quarterfinals.”

The additional experience of the duo helped FEU, but Daquis insisted that it was an entire team effort.

“Siguro tumaas lang yung confidence ng mga bata kasi alam nila na may ate sila,” said the Finals Most Valuable Player. “Pero sa totoo lang, sila talaga yung nagstep-up.”

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FEU is finally a Shakey’s V-League Champion after 10 seasons. (Photo by Marione Paul Infantado of the FEU Advocate)

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The Lady Tams are one win away from a first Shakey's V-League title for FEU.

The Lady Tams are one win away from a first Shakey’s V-League title for FEU.

MANILA, Philippines – Rachel Anne Daquis solidified Far Eastern University’s title aspirations as she led the Lady Tamaraws to a 26-24, 26-24, 25-22 straight sets win over National University to open the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference final with a bang, Sunday, May 18 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The FEU alum top-scored in the match with 19 markers – 11 of which coming from attacks – but it was her steady composure in crucial stretches that mattered most as she delivered the telling blows that denied NU of continuing their spectacular run into the last dance.

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MANILA, Philippines –Rachel Ann Daquis has been with Far Eastern University long enough to understand how much this match means to the Lady Tamaraws.

A star for FEU in her collegiate days, Daquis summoned her old fiery form as the Lady Tamaraws repulsed the Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, to clinch the last finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Daquis poured a match-high 26 hits built around 20 attacks to lift the Lady Tamaraws to their first finals appearance after 16 V-League tournaments.

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FEU sports icon and Olympic medalist Anthony Villanueva passes away

Anthony Villanueva receives the Tamaraw Gold Medallion from former FEU Vice-President Alfredo M. Reyes. The boxer received a hero's welcome after returning from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. (Source: FEU Green and Gold 1965)

Anthony Villanueva feted with the Tamaraw Gold Medallion by former FEU Vice-President Alfredo M. Reyes. The boxer received a hero’s welcome after returning from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. (Source: FEU Green and Gold 1965)

Far Eastern University is saddened by the passing of FEU Sports Hall of Famer and 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games silver medalist in boxing Anthony Villanueva.

He was 69.

During the 1960′s when FEU reigned supreme in amateur boxing, Villanueva, a featherweight, shone the brightest. Villanueva surpassed the performance of his father, Cely Villanueva, who won the Bronze Medal in boxing in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

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An Olympic Silver for the Philippines

By Pablo Jocsoni
Green and Gold ’65 Sports Editor


One cool day of October, 1964, at the Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo, Japan, – site of the 18th World Olympic Games, a young FEU boxer was audaciously and heatedly battling his Russian Opponent in the ring. It was the Olympiad’s final featherweight amateur boxing match. The fight would mean a gold or silver medal for him. His mitts were swinging hard and straight; his lefts were vicious and smashing; and his rights were connecting with rage. His legs were working fast-and he was like a ballet dancer on the ring.

This boy, named Anthony Villanueva ~ a full-blooded Tamaraw, barely 19 years old, springy, speedy and stylish – was fighting like a wildcat. His opponent, the Russian, was a husky and scraggy fistieuffer named Stanislav Stepashkin – the last hindrance on his way to pocketing the featherweight title. At that moment, only one thing was in Anthony Villanueva’s’ mind: to subdue the Russian and win the precious gold, a medal his country had been campaigning for since the Olympics got its start.

Anthony, in gaining a final featherweight bout with Stepashkin, had earlier outclassed four other tough simonpures in a row, including the American champion and the European number two featherweight fighter. In his initial bout, Anthony, underrated and unheralded before the start of the competitions, sprang a surprise by besting Italian Giovanni Girgenti, who was then Europe’s No. 2 and a potential medal winner. 3

He won by a split decision. Next, he toppled Tunisian Tahar Ben Hassem,.also by points, and then cashed in a strong bid for the championship when he knocked out Piotr Gutman of Poland in the quarterfinals and insured for himself a bronze medal. Gutman was kayoed in 2:41 of the first round. Against Charles Brown of the USA, Anthony  outpunched the American, 4-1, after which he was pitted against Stepashkin for the crown.

Anthony was staggering the Russian. He was well on the way to victory. The fans were creaming, yelling and cheering the Filipino gilist. Anthony was practically outboxing Stepashkin. The Russian’s face, unscathed in his first four fights, was profusely bleeding as a result of Anthony’s booming punching. Anthony was also bleeding – a nasty cut on his right eyebrow which he suffered against Hassen, was reopened. The bout was bloody with both boxers making no signs of flinch. They engaged in a toe-to-toe battle end their mitts were swapping furiously. Then the bell sounded. Afterwards, the decision.

The crowd was expecting a Villanueva triumph. With the boxing experts who witnessed the fight.

According to the ringside authorities clearly outslugged and outpointed the Russian but three of the five judqes saw it the other way and gave the victory to Stepashkin. The crowd booed the decision lustily,shouted for the name of Villanueva. But decision was decision. And the gold medal slipped thru Anthony’s mitts via a “bum decision”, He got only the silver medal.
It was no mean feat for Anthony, however. His silver medal was the first ever won by a Filipino athlete and thus he was acclaimed the “Greatest Filipino Olympian”. He was the greatest because only four other Filipinos had won medals (all bronze) in the Olympiad since the Philippines started participating in the sports’ classic in 1924. The four other Olympic medalists included Anthony’s father-Jose “Cely” Villanueva, who bagged the bronze medal in the 1932  olympics. Cely also won his medal in boxing. He was bantamweight fighter.

And so with Anthony Villanueva’s silver medal winning feat, he gained athletic immortality in the Philippine Sports’ “Hall of fame.”

Other FEU athletes who competed in the 1964 Olympic Games were, Rodolfo Arpon (Boxing). Lightweight Arpon crashed into the quarterfinals of the eliminations, a victory short of winning at least a bronze medal, by whipping his first two rivals- Borge Krogh of Denmark and Britain’s James Dunne. He was eliminated· in the competitions when he lost to Ronald Allen Har;ris of USA.

Anthony Villanueva receives the Tamaraw Gold Medallion from former FEU Vice-President Alfredo M. Reyes. The boxer received a hero's welcome after returning from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. (Source: FEU Green and Gold 1965)

Anthony Villanueva receives the Tamaraw Gold Medallion from former FEU Vice-President Alfredo M. Reyes. The boxer received a hero’s welcome after returning from the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. (Source: FEU Green and Gold 1965)

Bantamweight Arnulfo Torrevillas, then the reigning Asian bantam champion and a bright prospect for a medal, made an auspicious debut by knocking out Finland’s Borje Karl Karvonen in the second round. But the scrappy ringster got eliminated in the tourney when he lost to Cuba’s Fermin Espinosa in his second bout, mainly on point deductions. Torrevillas clearly had beat Espinosa.

Manfredo Alipala, skipper of .the national amateur boxing team and 1962 Jakarta Asian Games champion, also won his initial assignment. over AI Karkhi Khalid of Iraq. But Iike Torrevillas, Alipala lost his next scuffle on points against his archrival, Kichijiro Hamada of Japan.

Evelyn covered herself with, glory when she garnered a total of 7.666 points on .the beam,”. beetinq Austria’s Barbara Ann Cage and Iran’s Djameleh Sorouri. In the floor exercises, the graceful FEU gymnast scored 8.266 points, topping the score of her Iranian rival. Evelyn, though disqualified in the finals, was roundly applauded for her performance which was hailed as creditable for an Olympic newcomer.

Maria Luisa Floro, Evelyn’s teammate, did not participate in the competitions. She was operated on apendectomy,

Lolita Lagrosas (Track and Field). High jump bet lagrosas failed to qualify in the women’s long jump and high jump. Her performances were way off the qualifying standards and her own Philippine records.

FEU officials who were with the Philippine contingent were: Celestino “Aling” Enriquez (Boxing coach); Inezita Quevedo’ (Gymnastics coach); Elpidio Dorotheo (Weightlifting coach); Cecilio Alberto (Masseur); Dolores Aiforte (Swimming coach); Ricky Llanos (Footbail coach).

Daquis powers FEU to semis berth with win over Arellano

Shakeys-V-League-2014-LogoThe Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws bagged a ticket to the semifinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 11-1st Conference, as they defeated the Arellano Lady Chiefs in four sets, 25-16 25-15 24-26 25-16, Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy ang maganda naming performance,” said FEU head coach Cesael Delos Santos. “Mas aangat na yung kalaban namin at kailangan magdouble effort kami sa practice.”

He continued by saying how the Lady Tamaraws are ready to compete no matter who their matchup will be. “Basta ang focus is magcompete nang maganda at maipanalo ang laban,” Delos Santos added.

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Jesson Ramil Cid: From FEU to the Southeast Asian Games

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Jesson Ramil Cid looks back at the soil field in Dingras, Ilocos Norte where he first tried the high jump.  Unlike in the UAAP or other major tournaments, you can only do the scissors jump here since there is no foam to land on.  It all began here 7 years ago for the man now recognizedas South East Asia’s best all-around athlete.

Discovered while playing basketball at age 13, Cid was persuaded by coaches from Dingras to try the high jump so he could represent the Ilocos Region in the annual Palarong Pambansa.  It was not all roses as he only placed third in the 2007 Palaro as a high school junior.  Even worse, he did not even get a medal during his senior year.

Despite his Palaro shortcomings, he was spotted by the Michael Keon, former director of the Gintong Alay that produced the likes of Lydia De Vega and Isidro Del Prado.  Keon immediately recommended Cid to a familiar face, former Gintong Alay national coach and FEU mentor Rosito Andaya.

Cid immediately became known in UAAP the circles as the iron man of athletics.  He competed in so many events that the UAAP had change to its rules to limit the number of events an athlete could join.  His potential was breathtaking and Andaya felt he could be the next best FEU athlete since De Vega.

Potential quickly turned into results in the 2010 National Open as Cid shattered the Philippine junior record in the decathlon with 6097 points.  He would follow this up with breaking the UAAP decathlon record as well and winning the Most Valuable Player award in 2010 and 2012.

His meteoric rise from Palaro nobody to UAAP superstar was phenomenal and Cid qualified to represent the country in the South East Asian Games in Myanmar last December 2013.  After graduating with a degree in education at FEU, Cid could now concentrate on athletics full time and work on his weaknesses. Team FEU at UAAP 2012

“I was already good in the runs but I needed to improve my throwing and jumping to get a medal in the SEA Games” said Cid.  National coaches Sean Guevarra and Arnold Villarube worked with Cid as he prepared for the SEA Games where it all came together.

On December 18, 2013, Jesson Cid’s name was added to the roster of Philippines’ sports history with a performance to remember.  With the country struggling to find medals in the SEA Games, Cid scored a new Philippine record of 7038 points to win the gold in the decathlon at age 22.  The future indeed looks bright.

“Asian Games is my next target.  There is still a lot to improve.  I need to reach around 7700 points to be competitive on the Asian level.  I will continue to work hard and give my best to my country” beamed an extremely focused Cid.  “FEU has given me the discipline and the skills to pursue my dreams.  Now I am ready to take on the world.”

Lady Tam baller Sambile named UAAP’s top athlete

Camile Sambile's UAAP resume includes two championships and an MVP award.

Camile Sambile’s UAAP resume includes two championships, an MVP award and now Season 76 Athlete of the Year.

Camille Sambile of the Far Eastern University Women’s Basketball Team admitted that she was shocked when she was named as the Athlete of the Year of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 .

“The award caught me off guard. I was a candidate but I never expected to win. I did not even know what to say to the media when they approached me.”

She shares the award with Jan Jodilyn Fronda of the De La Salle University Women’s Chess team, which scored its fourth straight UAAP title recently.

Sambile was a dominant force for the Lady Tams, which unfortunately saw its two-year UAAP title reign end this season. FEU had to forfeit several games due to technicalities. Inspite of this, Sambile still managed to win the MVP plum.

After the UAAP, she helped steer the national team to a silver finish in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament in Myanmar.

The 5-foot-9 forward added that it was a bittersweet fete because it was her dream to win another title for FEU before graduating.

“I’m very thankful for all the awards but on the flipside I’m still sad because I really wanted to win the title for my teammates, coaches and especially my family,” she said, during the league’s closing ceremony at the Century Park Hotel last March 19, 2014.

Camille Sambile during the closing ceremony of UAAP Season 76.

Camille Sambile during the closing ceremony of UAAP Season 76.

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