Dear FEU Community,
We may have lost the UAAP Men’s Basketball Final , but thanks to all
of you, we have won the hearts of the FEU Community.
Throughout the season, our athletic teams have had great wins, but
also some terrible losses, and particularly painful defeats in
However, your visible and enthusiastic support has steadily grown, to
the point where the FEU and NU game set attendance records of over
25,000 fans two Finals games in a row. Our FEU website and “Be Brave”
campaign has blended well with long lines to buy tickets and a noisy,
emphatic “Go Tamaraws Go” cheer both on Facebook pages and in
To our Men’s Basketball Team, we remain proud of your best efforts.
From losing two major stars beginning the season to competing for the
Final Four, to emerging Runner-up in both the Final Four and the
Championship, you showed fortitude, resilience, and teamwork to win
close games after some crushing defeats. Sadly, we could not do it
again one last time. Thank you for overachieving.
To the Women’s Basketball Team, we went through the eye of the step
ladder needle to earn a championship battle with a superior NU team.
Although we lost, we should likewise hold our heads high. Thank you
for your fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.
To our Cheerleaders, we appreciate all your hard work and coordinated
effort during each game and the Cheerdance competition. The bar for
winning has been considerably raised, but we must adjust to the times
and work harder. Thank you for all your artistic but athletic
To all the Coaches and Athletes in UAAP sports, we thank you for your
dedication, commitment, and hard work. We may be outgunned in the
recruitment area, but we will always do our best to field competitive
and championship caliber teams. By working together with the help of
the FEU community, we continue our distinguished tradition of national
level athletes who get a meaningful university degree in FEU.
We have many other life battles to fight – in education, sports, and
culture. FEU will do its best to provide you the classroom and the
life lessons that it will take to make you rise up to the challenges
you personally face, and to add value to your character so you can be
better prepared to do well in both your student life and your
As former Chief Justice and King Tamaraw Artemio Panganiban texted me
after the Finals defeat, ” My pleasure and honour, and thanks for
inviting me (to the games). Our team gave its best.
But NU won fair and square. Part of winning is accepting loss with
grace and sportsmanship. That’s what education is all about.”
Fortitude, Excellence, Uprightness – GO TAMARAWS GO
Aurelio “Gigi” Montinola
Board of Trustees