September 8, 2014
I love gallantry. Who doesn’t? It’s a nobility of spirit or action. Courage if you want to put it in one word. That’s why I love heroes, big or small. I salute Lapu Lapu for his gallant stand against Ferdinand Magellan and his Spanish Armada in Mactan, Cebu centuries ago. Ninoy Aquino remains one of my favorites heroes. Nevermind that he has P-Noy as a son. I love our Overseas Filipino Workers who left their family back home to provide for their loved ones. I salute also us middle class Filipinos, who pay the same taxes as billionaires, no thanks to our outdated system. I love our Filipino soldiers working as United Nations peacekeepers who fought extremist rebels in Golan Heights despite the odds. I also commend our teachers, public hospital doctors, firemen, policemen, volunteers, government workers and honest, I repeat, honest local government officials for their public service.
To encapsulate it all, this is gallantry my friends.
And last Sunday, we’ve seen one in the form of the University of the East Warriors. Sierra Leone behemoth Charles Mammie too. Comebacking Roi Super Sumang also. The biggest one though is this guy named Bong Galanza. Call him Gallant Gallanza from now on. For the UAAP Press Corps, he’s also their ACCEL Quantum/3XVI Player of the Week.
WITH University of the East one defeat away from elimination, Bong Galanza stepped up to keep the Red Warriors’ Final Four hopes alive.
The UE team captain played his best game of his collegiate career scoring 26 points in leading the Red Warriors to a 94-71 win over Far Eastern University on Sunday for their seventh win in 12 outings.
His performance for the Red Warriors on Sunday earned him the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/3XVI Player of the Week honors.
“Ginawa ko lang ‘yung best ko,” said Galanza. “Lagi kaming pinu-push ni coach na huwag mag-relax dahil hindi pa kami out. Kailangan naming mag-work hard.”
Galanza bested Jeron Teng of La Salle and Alfred Aroga of National University for the weekly honor also supported by Bactigel Hand Sanitizer, Mighty Mom Dishwashing and Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol.
When asked about his play against FEU, Galanza said he is only trying to contribute to the team in any way he can in order for the Red Warriors to stay in the hunt for the semifinals.
“As a team captain, kailangan na kami ang mag-lead by example. ‘Yung mga teammates ko rin naman, binigay rin naman nila ‘yung best nila,” said Galanza, who already had 15 points in the first half to lead UE to a 44-37 halftime edge.
UE coach Derrick Pumaren said Galanza was one of many players from the Red Warriors who played a role in the huge victory over the league-leader.
“I must commend that it was really a team effort. We played as a team defensively. We tried to stop and contain FEU and that’s what we did,” said Pumaren.
Still, Pumaren is not in celebratory mood with the Red Warriors in fifth place in the standings with games against De La Salle on Wednesday and University of Santo Tomas on September 16 in their final push for the Final Four.
“Naghahabol pa rin kami. We just have to take control of our destiny,” said Pumaren.
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