Award-winning host and columnist, magazine editor and best-selling book author RJ Ledesma launched his newest book, Blue Babble, Gang Green: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry, to a jampacked crowd composed of family, friends, media, and supporters at National Bookstore in Glorietta Makati late December.
The essays in Blue Babble, Gang Green—written over a period of several years—attempt to capture the passion of being an Ateneo or La Salle fan (especially in the “heat” of an Ateneo vs. La Salle game). The tales also look back at the origins of the Jesuit-Christian Brother rivalry.
As part of the book launch, RJ welcomed two special guests who served as his inspirations for the tent pole essay of his newest compilation: “King Eagle” Chris Tiu, team captain of the Blue Eagles that ended Ateneo’s basketball championship drought against arch-rival La Salle in the finals back in 2008; and “King Archer” Ty Tang, team captain in 2007 of the Green Archers that led the men’s senior basketball team to the championships after a year of being suspended from the league.
Both Chris and Ty shared how they started off as basketball teammates during their formative years at Xavier School. But when they entered college at rival institutions, they joked that their “bromance” had temporarily “cooled off” as they faced off each other on the hard court. However, both Chris and Ty are not only good friends once again, but are also teammates for Rain or Shine in the Philippine Basketball Association.
After Chris and Ty shared about their college basketball experience, RJ read the essay from the book that was inspired by both of these gentlemen.
This was followed by a book signing session where RJ invited both players to join him in signing his newest book.
Blue Babble, Gang Green: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry from Anvil Publishing is an interesting read for those who have been mesmerized, infuriated or amused by this mythic rivalry.