De La Salle University (DLSU), a learning institution committed to producing Lasallian achievers for God and country, has established itself as the home of some of the greatest talents in the country’s professional and collegiate sports leagues. Behind its success is its dedication to honing and maximizing the skills and potentials of its student-athletes to the fullest.
This year, to further improve the quality of the Lasallian brand of sports, the Office of Sports Development (OSD) has tapped the services of Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, one of the most famous and patronized food stalls in Agno, to be the official provider of pre game meals to the different varsity teams for UAAP season 78.
“We have reached an agreement with Ate Rica’s Bacsilog of Agno in that they will be the ones to supply the meals of our student-athletes during game day,” says OSD Director Emmanuel Calanog. The contract between the OSD and the said food stall will last for one year and its success will also determine the possibility of renewing the contract.
Rica Bacani, owner of Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, feels honored with the trust given to them by the OSD and assures that they will give the best service for all the student-athletes, coaches, and other team staff members by providing delicious meals that will give them energy come game time. “Masaya kami na kami yung napiling magserve ng pagkain ng mga players ‘pag may laro sila. Magiging matrabaho pero kakayanin,” she explains.
Known for its combination of fried bacon, rice, and fried egg, with a twist of a cheese and knorr sauce, the food stall will not limit its menu to the said signature meal but will prepare a variety of rice meals and snacks, depending on the preference of the members of the team. Ate Rica’s Bacsilog also serves tapsilog, tocilog, omelets, and sandwiches.
“Ito talaga yung hinihintay ko! Madalas kasi akong kumain kay Ate Rica, lalo na yung Spicy Bacsilog nila. Mas ginaganahan akong magbigay ng todo sa field dahil sa luto nila,” shares DLSU football player Freddie Bacon.
“Cheese Knorr,” the soft-spoken Green Archers Coach Juno Sauler comments. “Need I say more?”
However, the agreement between the famed food stall and the OSD has its fair share of detractors. Coaches Hans Smit and Ramil de Jesus of the DLSU Men’s Football Team and Lady Spikers respectively, raised their concerns about the one-year Ate Rica’s-OSD collaboration.
Much of their issue regarding the signed agreement focused more on the long-term effects of the food that will be served to their athletes, especially since Ate Rica’s selection is mainly made up of greasy dishes.
“We need players performing at their athletic best. We can’t risk having regular intake of unhealthy products. Football is defined by relentlessness, vigor, agility, and endurance and not by sluggishness, sloppiness, and low-stamina,” expresses coach Smit.
Coach De Jesus adds, “Though it is true some players have their own pre-game rituals and whatnot, we can’t afford to let them indulge in fatty foods that may result to poor physical conditioning. I believe that the better option in developing our already established sports program is to further invest in training equipment and facilities, as well as intensify our scouting and recruitment processes.”
Unfortunately for them, the agreement will take effect as soon as the 78th season of the UAAP begins anew.