ALYSSA Valdez and Mika Reyes again find themselves on opposite sides of the net, but this time working toward the same goal as Ateneo and La Salle play in the “Battle of the Rivals” fundraiser on July 16 at the MOA Arena.
After six straight showdowns in the UAAP Finals, the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles suit up again for the benefit of the student-athletes of the two schools.
Valdez and Reyes are both hoping supporters would let go of the negativity of the past.
“Siyempre andun pa rin naman ang rivalry, pero ako I'm hoping na the audience, the crowd, hopefully walang mabigyan ng negative interpretation ang mangyayari,” said Reyes.
“Kasi ito ay for charity, makaka-help talaga kami, sana ‘wag nila i-take seriously (ang rivalry),” she added.
Reyes along with former La Salle stars Kim Fajardo, Aby Marano, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, Michele Gumabao, Cyd Demecillo, Mel Gohing, Steph Mercado and Chie Saet will once again don the green-and-white jersey.
Meanwhile, former UAAP three-time Valdez will banner the Lady Eagles featuring Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Denden Lazaro, Ella de Jesus, Amy Ahomiro and current stars Jhoanna Maraguinot, Maddie Madayag, Michele Morente, Bea de Leon and Jia Morado.
“Of course, syempre uunahan ko na, ayaw ko naman may ganoong factor ayaw ko na may ganong nangyayari,” said Reyes.
“Kasi ako ayaw ko nagkakaganyan (nakikipag-away) ang fans ko and fans ng ibang tao so sana spread positive vibes lang, spread the love and no hate,” she added.
Tickets to the event will priced P2,000 (VIP), P1,500 (Lower Box), P750 (Upper A), P500 (Upper B) and P150 (General Admission).