Athletes close the year with Ateneo Athletes Night Awards 2012

As school year 2011-2012 is slowly coming to a close, the sports season of Ateneo is also over. And what better way to culminate a year of victories and achievements than with the annual Ateneo Athletes’ Night Awards.

Now on its 14th year, the ANA 2012 was held at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater last Friday, March 9. Coaches, athletes, and team managers of the 14 Ateneo varsity teams attended the awards ceremony hosted by former Blue Babble Battalion, Gico Sinjian, and former Ateneo Women’s Football player, Cristina Garcia.

The first award given out that night was the Team Manager of the Year. Baseball’s Jose Cruz and Women’s Volleyball’s Synjin Reyes won the award. Blue Eagle Tonino Gonzaga won the Step Up Athlete of the Year while graduating Badminton player Paolo Sunga was given the X-Factor award.

The top awards for the night – the Lady Eagle & Blue Eagle of the Year was awarded to Celina Gonzalez of the Women’s Swimming team and Toby Gadi of the Men’s Badminton team respectively. Both Gonzalez and Gadi were also recognized as the Guidon-Moro Lorenzo Sportswoman & Sportsman of the Year. Andrea Faustman of the Women’s Shooting Team was recognized as the Ambrosio Padilla awardee as well.

The awardees received the ANA trophy as well as flip-flops from Havaianas, one of the Major sponsors of the event. Additionally the Lady Eagle and Blue Eagle of the Year received gift cards from Titan.

The rookies of the year and the most valuable players of each team were also acknowledged in the ANA. A number of athletes also went home with prizes that night courtesy of Havianas, Titan, and Chalk magazine. The Athletes Night Band, formerly known as Chris Graham and the Crackers, showcased their talent by delivering the music for the night.

University President, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, was unable to personally attend but sent his congratulatory video message to the Ateneo athletes. He emphasized that “as Ateneans..our formation is also focused on things that are not just of the mind but also of the body & heart.” Fr. Jett reminded the athletes to bear in their minds, hearts, and bodies “the spirit of courage, of bravery, of true eagles.”

It was a fitting celebration and ending to another impressive year for Ateneo sports. And everyone is in agreement that things will only get better from here on out.


The Ateneo Athletes Night Awards 2012 would like to thank our Major Sponsors: Havaianas Philippines, Titan, Figaro Loyola Heights, Kyss; Our Minor Sponsor: GetBlued; and our Official Print Partner: Chalk Magazine

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