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UAAP 82 Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena Kept His Promise And Gave His Gold Medal To Friend Andy

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It’s another historic feat for the Ateneo Blue Eagles as they secured a three-peat victory in this year's UAAP Men’s Basketball finals, beating the UST Growling Tigers, 86-79, and keeping a clean sheet throughout the season with 16 wins and zero losses. One of their notable players, Finals MVP (and our September #EyeCandy!) Thirdy Ravena, has been one to watch for since the season started for his impressive play, but that’s not the only thing sports fans admire him for.

After the final game at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and in the midst of eager fans celebrating the Blue Eagles’ win, Thirdy went up to the lower box section where his friend Andy was and handed over his UAAP gold medal. According to Thirdy in an interview with the Tiebreaker Times, he promised Andy, a long-time friend with Down syndrome, a UAAP gold medal prior to the start of the season. The three-time Finals MVP shares, “I kept my promise kasi sinabi ko sa kanya ‘yun even before the season started. I’m just really happy na nagawa namin ‘yun at nabigay ko ‘yung medal na pinromise ko sa kanya.”

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Awww, this friendship is so precious! Kudos to you, Thirdy, and congrats to the Ateneo Blue Eagles!

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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