The Red Lions’ roar is a Gift

20 01 2007

A TIME TO ROAR: Ending 28 at 82, Reviving the Bedan Animo will soon be released on January 20.

The Year 2006 will be forever carved in San Beda College’s history as one of the most memorable seasons in its rich basketball tradition. The 28-year title drought finally ended. The curse from a known source from a certain school has finally been broken and the Red Lions once again regained the NCAA senior basketball throne they last held in 1978.

Indeed, 28 years is really a long time. And Bedans have finally tasted once more how it feels to be a winner after undergoing the cycle of healing, preparing and believing in every NCAA encounter since 1978 when Chito Loyzaga, Jayvee Yango, Cholo Martin and Joel and Noel Guzman led the Red lions to the title against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in a closed door match at the Araneta Coliseum. Today, the Red Lions are regarded as a powerhouse team in NCAA men’s basketball with much more mileage to go.

To commemorate such a remarkable feat, the San Beda Boosters Club, Inc., with the involvement of other Bedans, will be launching the Red Lions championship Book is a celebration of the extraordinary Bedan school spirit displayed by passionate Bedans for decades, including the 28 years of anguish and agony, and all the way to the magical 2006 season when the country witnessed the mighty roar of the “Red Sea.”

This momentous book captures the drama of decades of frustration, and a season of triumph and ecstasy. Among the scintillating features of the book are:

• The history of the Bedan Animo and origins of the Red Lion and SBC cheers.
• The glory years of the Red Lions in the NCAA and their fabled rivalry with Ateneo.
• Accounts of the historic closed-door Championship encounter in 1977.
• What happened during the 28 years of title-drought in NCAA men’s basketball.
• The story of the Red Lions’ struggles towards the road to glory.
• How the Red Lions finally captured their 12th NCAA men’s basketball crown.
• The story of each member of the 2006 Red Lions and how he ended up in the Lions’ den.
• The amazing Bedan celebration that lasted for weeks, if not months.
• Contributing stories from Bedans and non-Bedans whose lives were touched by the Red Lions, including former senator Rene Saguisag and Philippine Star
feature writer Krip Yuson.

• And so much more.

In encourage everyone, not only Bedans, to have this book. The story of the Red Lions is a lesson that some of us might be able to relate with. For years, the Bedans, amidst the intrigues and chaos that surrounded their journey to greatness, remained positive and united, no matter what their differences.

For years too, the Philippines’ road to economic stability has been languishing. The Filipino has somewhat lost faith in themselves to do better because it has grown accustomed to the word last or being at the bottom of the list in every economic growth table. To a Filipino, the question, when will it ever be the time for the Philippines and its people, will always be a puzzle.

The Red Lions’ success in Season 82 was not a fairy-tale. 28 years is such a long time to bear, and the Bedan Community would like to combine their experiences and share with all of you thru this Championship book the value of faith, the firm belief in ourselves and the so-called no substitute for hard work mentality as the fundamental foundation for victory and hopefully provide every Filipino with the inspiration to always persevere and remain united in spite of the challenges ahead.

The copies are limited and for a special introductory price of Php 1,500.00, this book will take you to a journey about pain, suffering, misery, enthusiasm, passion, belief and the heart of eventually tasting success. The Bedan experience has affirmed the belief that, YES, the Filipino can.




One response

28 03 2007

Hi Jude

please save a copy for me. kunin ko when i return home from dubai.

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