Bayanihan spirit alive as UST supporters go the extra mile for Tigresses

May 15, 2019
PHOTO: marlo cueto

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas has a shot at ending a nine-year UAAP women’s volleyball title drought and its effect on the UST community has been unbelievable.

From watching the games live, to pitching in for cheer materials and flying in the Tigresses’ families to Manila from their respective provinces, UST supporters have gone the extra mile to help make the dream a reality.

“Syempre sobrang nakakatuwa ‘yun kasi we represent the UST community when we cheer as one and I think, for me, ang pinaka valuable dyan is nagtutulung-tulong lahat regardless kung Thomasian or non-Thomasian ka it doesn’t really matter,” said a UST alumna.

From a group that started on a Twitter conversation in the middle of the elimination round, they now have around 40 members working tirelessly to cheer and pump up the Tigresses every game.

The team in fact, spends P8,000 to P9,000 for clappers, alone, and that is for 100 clappers only, while for the Finals, they allocated P40,000 pesos for the clappers.

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    For the #KamiNaman banners, they’re lucky to have found a supplier which gives them a low price for good, quality material.

    The banner costs six to seven pesos each and for the Game One finals, which drew more than 17,000 people, with the majority cheering for the Tigresses, they spent P54,000 to P55,000.

    “Grabe ang support, kami ang nao-overwhelm sa support para sa girls. From humble beginnings [and now we’re here],” said the UST alumna, who was at the NAIA Terminal 4 to pick up the parents of Dimdim Pacres on Tuesday.

    “Nag-start lang ‘yung Twitter and ayun may nagbigay ng pa-konti konti until lumaki siya,” she added. “Until na meron na kaming friends na willing maghanap ng suppliers, mag-isip ng kung ano kayang pakulo ang next para sa girls. Nakakatuwa.”

    The team makes sure to have everything covered days prior to the games.

    They meet up at UST to lay out their plan, from getting the supplies, to the distribution of the banners and placards, and to the gimmicks that they will do during games.

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    “Nakakatuwa kasi lahat willing to step up, wala nang issue sa amin ‘yun [kung Thomasian or non-Thomasian] eh, as long as you support one team,” she said.

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