Pineda, Galang, Soltones headline Nestea Beach volleyball

Levi Verora
Dubbed as "Battle of Champions," the Nestea Beach's long line of activities will sizzle as the 24 squads slug it out for pride and the right to be named the country's top squad.

ANIMO IN BORACAY. Ara Galang of La Salle will be one of the volleyball stars who will headline next week in Boracay. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – 24 teams, three days, one champion.

The 2014 Nestea Beach volleyball competition kicks off on Thursday, May 1 at the beautiful beaches of Boracay and runs until Saturday, May 3, featuring 24 teams from all over the archipelago.

Dubbed as “Battle of Champions,” the exciting centerpiece of Nestea Beach’s long line of activities will sizzle as the 24 squads slug it out for pride and the right to be named the country’s top squad.

“Beach volleyball is the crown jewel of Nestea Beach and we want to give the players a chance to represent the national team,” said Nestea Consumer Marketing Manager JP Legisma.

The tournament will not only serve as the annual Nestea Beach spectacle’s main event but is also a platform for those who are aspiring to be a part of the national beach volleyball squad.

Coach Otie Camangian, commissioner of the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVT) for beach volleyball, says the three-day joust will feature champion squads from different inter-school tournaments across the nation.

“For this year, we will have the best collegiate teams from UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, NCAA-South, Bacolod, the Unigames, the Governor’s Cup in Mindanao,” he told members of the press.

He added the PVF will look for talents in the competition.

“We are looking forward to get players for the national beach volleyball pool. We have the Asian beach games so we want to look for talents here.”

All-star cast

Spearheading the long list of volleybelles participating in the 17th staging of the competition are Adamson University’s duo of Sheila Marie ‘Bang’ Pineda and Amanda Villanueva, the reigning UAAP beach volleyball titlists.

Runner-up University of Santo Tomas will try to exact revenge this time, banking on Pam Lastimosa and Carmela Tunay.

Also confirming their attendance are De La Salle University’s former UAAP volleyball MVP Ara Galang and reigning best setter Kim Fajardo.

San Sebastian College, winners of the NCAA beach volleyball tourney, shall bring the tandem of Gretchel Soltones and Czarina Berbano.

A total of 24 teams – 12 in both men’s and women’s division – shall strut their stuff in this year’s finale.

The volleyball tournament is just one of the many activities lined up for Nestea Beach’s “play, party, and chill” which aims to give the people a refreshing summer getaway.

The visit of DJs Cedric Gervais on May 3 and Steve Aoki on May 4 will also be main highlights of the event. –

It’s time to #RefreshSummer! NESTEA gives summer a new, refreshed taste with the return of NESTEA Beach 2014 this Labor Day Weekend. Now on its 17th run, this year’s event promises to be the biggest, most exciting summer happening to date as it features the best volleyball players in the country, the coolest yacht parties, and the hottest international DJ’s to hit the sands of Boracay. Visit and follow Nesteaon Facebook and Twitter to know the complete activity lineup.

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