Less fire in the Bonfire

Beer drowned the Blues last week, at the Ateneo Bonfire in celebration of, but not just, the success of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament. With the theme “Back 2 the Bonfire,” Ateneans trooped to the Henry Lee Irwin Theater parking lot to celebrate the success of the Ateneo athlete in the first semester.

This year’s Bonfire was a success, but was clearly nowhere near last year’s celebration. I felt little energy from the crowd and there was just less adulation and celebration this year.

Why so?

  1. Does beer really drown the blues? Coming off from Ondoy, I don’t think all Ateneans are ready to celebrate yet. I particularly know people who were really affected by the onslaught of the typhoon, and they’re trying to get their life back to normal pa lang. The context didn’t work for the celebration. I think Ateneans still have some sort of emotional fatigue, not that it stopped them from saying “Ang Sarap Maging Atenista”, but there’s clearly a difference with Ateneans’ festive dispositions in 2008 and 2009.
  2. Finals week was two days away, period.
  3. It would have been different if the Green Archers were our competition in the finals. Wala kang magagawa, marami talagang elitista sa Ateneo. They don’t take pride in winning against other universities.
  4. The venue! Bel Field is muddy, even smelly. But that view of Gesu, and the spakly lights provides the perfect setting for any big Blue celebration. Sa Irwin parking lot, medyo hindi pa kita from the back yung stage.
  5. And the biggest reason of all, Chris Tiu wasn’t there. I mean, hello? Chris Tiu, wala sa Bonfire? WTH.

So what’s the point of all this? Well, in December 2009, the University will be celebrating it’s 150th year. Hopefully, this time festive mood na lahat, wala nang emotional fatigue and sa Bel Field na!

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