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All Hail: NEU Hunters beats AdMU to win 2019 BBI Championship

July 13, 2019

Everyone loves a good underdog story. And in the morning hours of July 13, 2019, the best underdog story of the summer came to its fruitful, shining conclusion.

The New Era University Hunters triumphed over all adversity to win the 2019 Breakdown Basketball Invitational (BBI) Alcatel Summer League, besting Ateneo De Manila 93-84 in a hard-fought overtime game. The win was doubly sweet as it avenged a prior loss at the hands of the Blue Eagles; in that game, NEU suffered a 10-point loss. Led by Finals MVP Jefferson Comia, the Hunters played very rigid man-to-man defense against the Blue Eagles throughout the game.

For most of the game, it seemed that NEU will win running away, due to four of the Hunters scoring in double digits. But Ateneo were still able to make things hard for NEU, especially in the closing minutes of the 4th Quarter, when the Blue Eagles were able to erect a 5-point lead. With time winding down in regulation, it was Comia’s clutch play, capped with sinking two pressure-packed free throws, which helped NEU force overtime against the home team. From there, the Hunters finally took control of the game.

Part of the team’s success was the battle-hardened strategizing of Coach Adonis Tierra, who tightened his rotation to nine players. Both Comia and Joel Gonzallo had 22 points, with the latter adding 10 rebounds to his overall excellence, and punctuating the game with a thunderous dunk.

The Hunters had to run through a gauntlet of other basketball programs before reaching the Finals; teams like the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, and Our Lady of Fatima (OLFU) Phoenix posed a number of challenges to the NEU Hunters. With other stalwart teams coming from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) and the College of Saint Benilde (CSB), it seemed that NEU will just be another scrimmage team against these pedigreed collegiate basketball programs.

However, these games end at the sound of the final buzzer, and the scoreboard never lies.

The Hunters, the team hardly anyone expected to win, stand tall as 2019 BBI Alcatel Summer League Champions.

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NEU Hunters outdo Fatima, to face ATENEO in the finals

July 6, 2019

New Era University's James Joel Gonzallo buried a three point shot 4.9 seconds left to win the semi-final match between the NEU Hunters and the OLFU Phoenix in the Breakdown Basketball Invitational tournament at Moro Lorenzo Gym at Ateneo de Manila on Saturday, June 6, 2019.

With their sharp shooting in rainbow territory, it was Fatima who led almost throughout the entire ballgame, leading by as much as 14 points. Crucial adjustments on defense enabled the Hunters to utilize a tight full court defense that resulted into 11-0 run in the fourth quarter.

Joshua John Bringas, after being fouled, tied the ball game after sinking a pressure-packed free throw. With time running out, after Fatima was unable to convert any bucket, NEU Coach Adonis Tierra called a timeout to design the game-winning play.

With the win, the Hunters will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the BBI Finals.

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NEU College of Law: 16th Commencement Exercises and Honoring of New Lawyers

June 17, 2019

16th Commencement Exercises and Honoring of New Lawyers of the NEU College of Law

The New Era University – College of Law convoked its 16th Commencement Exercises and Honoring of New Lawyers on June 15, 2019 at the University Hall. Atty. Randy B. Escolango, Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Insurance Commission delivered his commencement speech to the graduating batch.

Bro. Edmario M. Reyes, Member of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Nilo L. Rosas, University President; Atty. Serafin V. Cuevas Jr., Vice President for Legal and External Affairs and Dean of the College of Law, Bro. Julian J. Meimban III, Vice President for Research; and Atty. David Jonathan V. Yap, Associate Dean of the College of Law led the conferment of Degrees and Titles, distribution of Diplomas and Medallions, and awarding of Honors.

2018 Bar Passer and Academic Excellence Awardee Batch 2018, Atty. Salymar V. Santos delivered her Testimonial Address. Ms. Kriska R. Antiojo, Academic Excellence Awardee Batch 2019, likewise gave her Valedictory Address.

The graduates then took their oath as Alumni led by Justice Angelita V. Miranda, Assistant Solicitor General of the Office of the Solicitor General and President of the NEU – Alumni Association Inc.

The graduates then took their oath as Alumni led by Justice Angelita V. Miranda, Assistant Solicitor General of the Office of the Solicitor General and President of the NEU – Alumni Association Inc.

Before the Graduation Ceremony, a Special Thanksgiving Worship Service was held at the New Era University House of Worship earlier that day..

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