CURRENT and former La Salle and Ateneo stars will once again face off in the 'Battle of Rivals' charity game on July 16 at the MOA Arena.
From the UAAP wars, the volleybelles will rekindle their rivalry for a good cause as the proceeds of the event backed by Rebisco will benefit the scholars of the De La Salle University Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University Foundation.
Former Lady Spikers Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, Michele Gumabao, Cyd Demecillo and Mel Gohing will again don the green-and-white jersey.
La Salle’s team captain for the event will be chosen by 10-time UAAP champion coach Ramil de Jesus.
Meanwhile, former UAAP three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez will banner the Lady Eagles with Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Denden Lazaro, Ella de Jesus, Amy Ahomiro and current stars Jhoanna Maraguinot, Maddie Madayag and Jia Morado.
“(This event is to) help promising students realize their dreams and aspirations,” said Rolando Delfino, Rebisco VP for Corporate Planning.
“The understanding is, thorugh the athletics office, it will benefit our student-athlete scholarship programs,” said La Salle athletic director Nongnong Calanog.
La Salle against Ateneo have met in the past six finals of the UAAP, with the Lady Spikers holding a 4-2 lead. This time, the battle will be for a good cause - but projected to be as competitive.
“I think it's natural for all of us na maging competitive. Everybody should expect na we'll be competitive but fun at the same time,” said Gohing during the press launch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Capitol Commons on Monday.
“Yes (it will be intense) we have two months to practice. We (will) practice for two months,” said Ateneo coach Tai Bundit in jest.
Tickets prices are P2,000 (VIP), P1,500 (Lower Box), P750 (Upper A), P500 (Upper B) and P150 (General Admission).
The release of tickets will be announced within the week.