, September 2, 2005 
(STAR) An elaborate afternoon motorcade that will pass through the country’s major thoroughfares kicks off the presentation today of the 12 sports ambassadors of the 23rd Southeast Asian Games.

The convoy, made up of athletes and officials and ushered by 12 motorcycle escorts, leaves the Ninoy Aquino stadium in Manila at 3 p.m. and proceeds to the Philsports Arena in Pasig where a mass and pep talk rally to be led by Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) president Jose Cojuangco will be held.

The motorcade passes through Ayala Ave. in Makati, EDSA and then through Ortigas and Meralco Avenues in Pasig.

Participating in the activity are several SEA Games sponsors including ISON, FedEx, Yonex, McCann, Thunder Energy Drink, Milo, Hapee Toothpaste and CNG.

The 12 ambassadors chosen are athletics great Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Elma Muros-Posadas, badminton queen Weena Lim, basketball idol Allan Caidic, billiards legend Efren "Bata" Reyes, bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, shooter Nathaniel "Tac" Padilla, swimmers Eric Buhain and Akiko Thomson and, taekwondo jin Monsour del Rosario.

"Being considered as ambassador is a serious commitment to the country," said Padilla. "It’s not just about inspiring people to watch the Games. It’s also about getting them involved."

The primary task of the ambassadors is to help promote the Games through various tri-media events (radio, television and print) and live appearances in different schools and malls in and around Metro Manila.

They are likewise expected to boost the morale of the local athletes seeing action in the Nov. 27 to Dec. 5 meet.

The presentation of the 12 ambassadors’ appointment letters today is the highlight of the program at the Philsports Arena that begins at 6:30 p.m.

The ambassadors are champions in their respective fields from national to world levels.

De Vega-Mercado, hailed as Asia’s fastest woman in the ‘80s, won nine SEA Games gold medals.

Archers live, die, live again By Nelson Beltran The Philippine Star 09/02/2005

La Salle escaped a disastrous finish on a shocking comeback by the University of the East in the last nine seconds of regulation and snatched the win in overtime, 86-83, in a classic match in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym yesterday.

Squandering a six-point lead in the closing seconds of regulation on crucial miscues by their reserve crew, the Archers called on their main men to complete the job in extra period, pulling off the important win that brought them closer to the Final Four.

JV Casio knocked in back-to-back triples as the Archers eventually outlasted the Warriors’ 83-78, and went on to notch their seventh win against four defeats.

La Salle stalled UE’s bid for an outright entry into the semis and the Archers moved within just half-game of the Warriors (8-4).

"We celebrated early and we nearly paid for it," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

Earlier, University of the Philippines closed the semis door on Adamson as the Maroons whipped the Falcons, 70-63, in a game marred by the ejection of Adamson coach Mel Alas on technical fouls at endgame. Making it two in a row over the Falcons this season, the Maroons stayed within sight of the second running Ateneo Eagles (8-2), the Warriors and the Archers with a 6-6 win-loss card. The Falcons slid further down to 3-9.

The La Salle-UE battle was a thriller of a showdown and could easily emerge as the game of the season.

The Archers started whooping it up on the court with a 72-66 spread with less than a minute in the game when the Warriors made an incredible run that had them surging ahead at 74-72 with 1.8 ticks left.

But when the Warriors thought they had snatched the game, the Archers pulled off a last-gasp play with Cholo Villanueva scoring an undergoal shot at the buzzer that silenced the UE crowd.

Debris rained onto the court as La Salle threw away a six-point lead and when UE committed a defensive lapse in the dying second.

In overtime when UE’s main men out on fouls, the Archers jumped the gun on the Warriors and methodically pulled away.

Bonbon Custodio came back strong from a poor game against Ateneo, making a personal league high of 26 points that went for naught with the defeat.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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