October 15, 2009

Fan-atics

On Thursday, October 8, I announced that the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles won the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball championship and the Blue Eaglets won the juniors' title. On Saturday, October 10, their fans gathered at the grade school parking lot to honor them at a program called "Back 2 the Bonfire." The title celebrates the fact that this is also a back-to-back championship for the Blue Eagles so this is the second year in a row that we've had a bonfire. Other teams were also honored for winning championships during the first semester: the grade school basketball team, high school swimming team, high school judokas, men's judokas and men's golf team. The program ended with the lighting of the big bonfire, only the top of which I could see because we could no longer move from where we were. University administrators estimate that there were eight thousand people crammed into the parking lot that night.

the crowd at the Back 2 the Bonfire event of the Ateneo de Manila
the crowd at the Back 2 the Bonfire event of the Ateneo de Manila

14 comments:

Jacob said...

Congratulations! I knew you were rooting for the Blue Eagles! So nice. Great photos of the crowd...it's huge! You really captured the excitement and energy of this event.

Nice to see happy people!

George said...

It looks and sounds as if this was a joyous night! Congratulations to all the championship teams.

AL said...

Bravo!

Olivier said...

BRAVO, et toute cette foule, c'est impressionnant...........waouhhh
BRAVO, and the crowd is impressive ........... waouhhh

Halcyon said...

That's a lot of people! Guess they were happy.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hilda, that wonderful news, congratulations to the basketball team!
Léia :)

Cezar and Léia said...

By the way...and about the cool new posts in "Happy at Home"? I miss it a lot! :)
Léia

Reena said...

hahhaa.. UP Fight! lol. peace.. congrats!

Lois said...

That's great Hilda! Congratulations!

Vogon Poet said...

Congratulations to everybody! I guess this was a moment of great joy for all them...

the donG said...

wow! i can imagine the festive night!
congratulations!

James said...

Awesome!

Layrayski said...

kuyaw. that is a lot of students there.

congrats on the ateneo's win!

Rambling Round said...

Congrats to them! Quite a celebration.