Meet the Philippines’ First Esports Scholars, Org Awardees in the 1st AcadArena Awards

05:51 PM February 14, 2021

AcadArena celebrates the success of the country’s up-and-coming campus esports orgs, student athletes, and scholars in the first-ever AcadArena Awards

In partnership with Globe, the awards show is a homage to the hard work and dedication that AcadArena’s partnered schools have put in to build campus esports within the Philippines. The awards are divided based on how votes are decided: Community Selection and Closed Selection.


Community Selection gives those in campus esports the opportunity to vote for their preferred nominees. Meanwhile, Closed Selection has a dedicated panel that deliberates those deserving for the awards.

Nominations and voting were opened to all students from any university. The AcadArena Awards features the country’s first-ever esports scholars with the G.A.M.E scholarships and the Family Good Game Grant awardees. The following campus orgs, student leaders, and athletes have been recognized for their contribution to the scene in the past year:


Community Selection

  • Overall Best Alliance Organization
    A model Alliance organization that was able to rally their campus community through a show of consistency and quality in their efforts.
    • Holy Angel University, Valiant Esports Club
  • Breakout Organization of the Year
    An organization who has only joined within the last wave who has shown great progress and potential. 
    • Far Eastern-University Manila, Tamaraws FX
  • Student Esports Athlete of the Year
    A model student gamer who has shown great achievement and contribution in campus esports.
    • Jonathan “Tan Tan” Madelo of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Malayan Warlocks
      Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • Student Leader of the Year
    A model student leader who has shown great achievement and contribution in campus esports.
    • Jan Robert Alvarez of Holy Angel University
      President, Valiant Esports Club
  • Project of the Year
    A flagship project organized by an Alliance member organization that made significant impact to the campus esports/gaming community.
    • UST Minecraft, University of Sto. Tomas’ Teletigers

Closed Selection

  • G.A.M.E Scholar Awardees
    Awarded to students based on silver/gold selection.
    • Leadership
      • Kathlyn Marie Lim of University of San Agustin’s Golden Eagles 
      • CJ Sean Lao of Unversity of San Agustin’s Golden Eagles
      • Gray Giron of Mapua University’s Mapua Gaming Society
      • John Paolo Riosa of Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Gaming
    • Competitive
      • Dean Hans “Yobhel” Nucum of Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Gaming
        , League of Legends
      • Patrick “dy/dx” Higa of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Malayan Warlock
        , Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
      • James “E T Ø M A K” Martinez of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Malayan Warlock
        , Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • Family Good Game Grant Awardees.
    Awarded to students. One student gets a laptop from Acer.
    • Carlo G. Sibal of Holy Angel University’s Valiant Esports Club
      Manager, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
    • Jason “Prophecy” Sicat of Holy Angel University’s Valiant Esports Club
      , Valorant
  • School Spirit Award
    Awarded to the organization with the best marketing/content creation efforts relevant to their campus esports community.
    • Valiant Esports Club, Holy Angel University (2020 Summer & 2020 Autumn)
  • Team Spirit Award
    Awarded to the organization with the best competitive activity in AcadArena tournaments.
    • Viridis Arcus, De La Salle University
  • Alumni Service Award
    Awarded to graduated student/s of an Alliance organization that made a significant contribution to their campus community.
    • Gerard Villaluz of Ateneo de Manila University
      Brand Director, Loyola Gaming
  • Overall Champion
    • 2020 Summer
      • Teletigers, University of Sto. Tomas
    • 2020 Autumn
      • Valiant Esports Club, Holy Angel University

The AcadArena Awards is exclusive to partnered schools within their Alliance program. The Alliance is AcadArena’s student org support system and nationwide network of schools that gives students resources and guidance to build their campus esports program. 

Follow AcadArena on Facebook and Twitter for their plans for the incoming year. Learn more about their Alliance program and join their bid to strengthen campus esports within the country.

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