BARANGAY LA SALLE Volleyball: The Animo Lives Within (The Legendary FOURTEENth)

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Mabuhay :wave:





Manilla Santos: The Living Legend of Volleyball

With the recent three-peat achievement of the DLSU Lady Spikers, it is easy for one to forget about the past and overlook yesterday’s heroes.

Over a decade ago, when Manilla Santos first donned the La Salle colors, the school had earned just one UAAP Women’s Volleyball Championship to its name. The league was dominated by FEU, which had just won three straight championships. What followed though was an unprecedented streak of dominance led by one of the greatest volleyball players the UAAP has ever seen.

Santos first suited up for the squad from Taft Avenue in 2002 and by her second season, she was named the league’s Best Receiver, the first of three times. By her third season, she was a three-peat champion and she, together with the Lady Spikers, established themselves as one of the greatest teams in league history.

After she played her final game for La Salle in 2009, it was a consensus that Santos was a once-in-a-generation talent who transcended all obstacles in her pursuit of excellence. Her #14 jersey was retired at the end of her final season and she remains the only woman to ever have her number raised to the rafters of the Enrique Razon Sports Complex.

An accidental beginning

Santos’ foray into volleyball wasn’t entirely planned. While she was in grade school, she watched her older sister, who was in high school, practice with her team after classes. Santos waited for her sister Mary every day, and she was soon invited by the coach to suit up after he noticed her daily presence.

Though still in grade school, she impressed everyone with her skills and began to participate in tournaments as well against older girls. Training with high school girls was a big boost for Santos as she would be challenged on a daily basis by bigger, stronger and more experienced players—the perfect recipe for rapid skill and talent development.

By the time she was in high school, she began to lead her squad despite the supposed limitations brought by her height. The Hope Christian High School alumna was such a force that she soon started receiving invitations to play for the most prestigious universities in the nation. She eventually chose La Salle because of the high quality education the University offered.

A legacy of greatness

Despite her 5’4 frame, Santos was a force to be reckoned with on the court. She was named the UAAP MVP in 2008 and received the Best Receiver honors three times while winning four championships for La Salle.

She remains the only non-basketball athlete to have her jersey retired, and she remains an inspiration not just to the Lady Spikers but to the entire La Salle community. Since Santos first played for La Salle, the UAAP Women’s Volleyball championship has been brought back to Taft Avenue seven times—an unprecedented streak of dominance sparked by a once in a generation talent.

Though she no longer suits up for longtime DLSU Coach Ramil de Jesus, Santos’ influence still hangs on the team as her jersey stands as a monument to excellence and a winning culture. The winning foundation of La Salle Volleyball, which was established by Santos remains and it still continues to attract young athletes who yearn to join the ranks of the Lady Spikers. No one can ever come close to the legendary #14.





Brgy. Captain: Ramil De Jesus

Noel Orcullo
Benson Bocboc
Carissa Gotis

Mga Tanod:

Kim Fajardo
Victonara Galang
Mika Aereen Reyes
Mary Joy Baron
Carol Ann Cerveza
Dawn Nicole Macandili
Kim Kianna Dy
Maria Mikaela Esperanza
Cydthealee Demecillo
Christine Joy Soyud
Carmel June Saga
May Luna
Norielle Ipac
Ernestine Tiamzon
Princess Justine Tiu
Aduke Christine Ogunsanya
Desiree Wynea Cheng
Arriane Mae Layug
Rovena Instrella
Elizabeth Provone
Ezra Gyra Barroga
Aljan Andre Pielago
Michelle Cobb
Noreen Angelee Gabriana
Marta Roces
Bettina Caceres




Brgy. Captain: Ronald Dulay

Brian Esquivel
Arnold Laniog

Mga Tanod:

Ralph Calasin
Zosimo Maravilla
Raymark Woo
John David Delos Reyes
Jopet Movido
Cris Dumago
John Arjay Onia
Wayne Marco
Edmund Jose
Reuel Asia
Geuel Asia
Levin Dimayuga
Mike Frey
Geraint Bacon






Twitter: @AnimoPexers

Instagram: animo pexers

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Previous Threads:

BARANGAY LA SALLE: Home of the DLSU Green and Lady Spikers (Thread 13)
LA SALLE Volleyball: KEEP the faith, LABAN La Salle! (Thread 12)
One Team One Goal: The DLSU Lady Spikers [Thread 11]
All Is Well: The De La Salle University Lady Spikers (thread 10)
De La Salle University Lady & Green Spikers - thread 9
DLSU Lady Spikers - Animo Thread 8
DLSU Lady Spikers - Animo Thread 7
DLSU Lady Spikers Thread No. 6!
DLSU Lady Spikers V
DLSU Lady Spikers Thread IV
DLSU Lady Spikers Thread II
DLSU Lady Spikers
DLSU Lady Spikers


  • brent_23brent_23 =) PExer
    Wow! Ganda ng bagong Barangay Hall natin. Great job Rothe!
  • rickartrickart Member 🏹 Archer Squad🥉
    Yassss! New thread! Sakto para sa game bukas! Laban LS! :rocker::toohappy:
  • eklavuuuuheklavuuuuh Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    YAAAAS! Ang ganda nito, Ms. Rothe.
  • Astrophel Valerian PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Gondoooo! :handsdown: Paapak.
  • eklavuuuuheklavuuuuh Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Grabe 'yong article about Ila! Sarap basahin. I really miss seeing her play. Kahit exhibition game lang sana makita natin siyang maglaro
  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
  • Ang swerte ng barangay at meron tayong napakahusay na tanod in the person of madam rothe. Ang galing!!!! :handsdown:

    Hello guys! Moving in to our beautiful new barangay. *okay*
  • HenryjKAPAMILYAHenryjKAPAMILYA Resident PEx Idiot Volleyball Vanguard
    eklavuuuuh wrote: »
    Grabe 'yong article about Ila! Sarap basahin. I really miss seeing her play. Kahit exhibition game lang sana makita natin siyang maglaro

    She was one of our high flyers. Like she can really soar!
  • COCOLOCO.COCOLOCO. Hah! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Wooot! Bagong bahay na ang mga kabarangay!

    Big thanks again to Ate Rothe. So sino tough 10 Tanod sa last thread?
  • desssalvaradodesssalvarado Member PExer
    Goosebumps yung kay Illa! Huehuehue
    Good luck sa game bukas girls. Enjoy the game lang and play your best. Kahit ano pa result basta lumaban. [#]FightWithPrideDLSU[/#]
  • COCOLOCO.COCOLOCO. Hah! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    She was one of our high flyers. Like she can really soar!

    Really high flyer! Nakaka amaze when she goes up for a spike.
  • eklavuuuuheklavuuuuh Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    She was one of our high flyers. Like she can really soar!

    Mautak din grabe sa court. And her leadership talaga, kahanga hanga.
  • Patapak! :wave:

    Congratulations on the new barangay hall, DLSU PExers :lol: . Just in time for tomorrow's game! I wonder how many pages magagamit after tomorrow? :lol:
  • COCOLOCO. wrote: »
    Wooot! Bagong bahay na ang mga kabarangay!

    Big thanks again to Ate Rothe. So sino tough 10 Tanod sa last thread?

    I'm sure pasok tayo hahahaha :bop:
  • jahoojahoo don mai PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    stamping into the barangay hall with wet boots
  • COCOLOCO.COCOLOCO. Hah! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    5'4" lang ba talaga? 4ibhwy.jpg
  • claudiabuenaclaudiabuena Player of Karasuno hs PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Patapak! 💚💚💚

    Ang ganda ng Barangay Hall. Ang ganda ng interior design at ang lamig ng aircon! halatang pinag-isipan! loveitmuch!! 😘💖😍

    Two thumbs way up to the Engineer, Architect and Interior Designer: Rothemarie. 👍👍

  • COCOLOCO.COCOLOCO. Hah! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I'm sure pasok tayo hahahaha :bop:

    May ticket allocation daw yung kasama sa tough 10! Hahaha!
  • rcladyspikerrcladyspiker Member PExer
    Nice one rothe!!! Ganda pa rin.

    Hello sa bagong bahay mga ka barangay at mga tanod hehehe...

    New house para sa Laban bukas!!!

  • meng_5meng_5 Member PExer
    Wow ganda ng bagong barangay hall, pwede bang mag apply mg kagawad!hehehe goodluck and Godbless LS!
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