Thursday, January 2, 2014


The rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle, or between La Salle and Ateneo has been going on as far as everyone can remember. How this all began, no one can really say. In any field of competition, the electricity of this rivalry sizzles, permeates and explodes. This is most evident in every basketball game between the two schools during the NCAA days and now, in the UAAP Tournaments. This rivalry has spread to include every area of competition.

The setting is 1968, when Ateneo and La Salle were still part of the NCAA with other schools such as Letran, San Beda, Mapua and Jose Rizal.

The story revolves around two families.

The Basilio family, headed by Green-blooded Demetrio and his wife, Dolores. They have a son, Tommy, who is the star basketball player of the La Salle Senior Basketball Team.

The other family is the Valencia family, led by Blue-blooded Papa Anton and his wife Andrea. By the way, Andrea and Dolores are sisters. There are two children in the Valencia family; Paco, who is the star player of the Ateneo Senior Basketball Team and Quito, a very passionate and active member of the Social Order Club, consistent Honor Student and Class President.

Despite belonging to opposing schools, Tommy Basilio and his cousin, Quito Valencia are the best of friends. On the other hand, Tommy and Paco are faced with the possibility of playing against each other for the NCAA Basketball Championship, and thus share a competitive relationship.

On the girl issue, Quito has a silent love for a Maryknoller, Reena San Jose. So, he asks his best friend and cousin, Tommy, to help him meet this girl of his dreams. Well, Reena falls for Tommy before she can even meet Quito. Complications, complications!

The closeness of Tommy and Quito is not shared by their fathers. It seems on the surface that their long-standing personal feud is on account of their respective school loyalties. But towards the latter part of Act Two, the real issue was on account of how they dealt with a serious conflict in their youth.  

In the middle of all this is the road that both the Ateneo and La Salle Senior Basketball Teams face, as they fight their way to emerge as the two top teams to fight for the 1968 NCAA Championship!

Who gets the girl? Who wins the Championship? How do the fathers resolve their issues?  We can tell you the answers to these questions right here and now… but then, we want you to see the musical, right?

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