Meet Liyab Haliya – the Philippine representative in the Female Esports League finals

Meet Liyab Haliya – the Philippine representative in the Female Esports League finals

September 6, 2019 Off By syncdev

After a dominating performance in the Female Esports League Philippine Qualifiers, GGTY has garnered the attention of the masses to show that female talent is thriving in the Philippines. Sweeping the competition going as far as being undefeated, Globe along with Mineski under the banner of Liyab Esports acquired GGTY to form Liyab Haliya, a pair of all-female teams in Arena of Valor and League of Legends. This initiative is both by Globe and Mineski to expand their commitment to growing a more inclusive esports industry in the Philippines.

Globe continues its commitment to growing a more inclusive Phillipine esports industry with Haliya. Through the introduction of 5G technology and our first all-female professional esports team, we aim for the online gaming experience to reach new heights and set the local industry’s place as a major player in the global arena.

Nikko Acosta, Senior Vice President for Content Business Group and Product Management at Globe

Meet the team

The name Haliya comes from the masked moon goddess from Bicolano folklore who battles monsters such as the Bakunawa. Both the Arena of Valor and League of Legends teams will compete in local and foreign tournaments such as the Female Esports League.

Liyab Haliya has a mixture of both veteran and rookie esports athletes. Serment played for Seraphynx and Rox played for TNC Wildcats while both Jonez and Aiko were from MBG. Meanwhile Fofi and Nukella stream on Facebook and Twitch and has participated in various competitions as well.


Name: Denese Santos

Role: Team Captain/Support

Denese is the Team Captain as well as Support of Liyab Haliya. Being the team captain, Denese calls herself as the annoying alarm clock who constantly reminds the team not to commit unnecessary errors in the game. She very is committed to her team that she even reprimands them in real life.


Name: Jonerry Macapagal

Role: Top

Jonez is the Top Laner for the team. The team teases her for her tunnel vision on her opponents. She adds that if gets auto-filled as an AD Carry, like a true top laner that she is, her go-to pick is a Tristana with Sunfire.


Name: Aiko Onitsuka

Role: Jungler

Aiko is the jungler for the team. Her nickname is Aiks. She says that her first hero in League of Legends is the eviiiil Teemo and her friends call her Ate Teemo.


Name: Giana Llanes

Role: Mid

Giana or Gia for short is the team’s Mid Laner. She loves anime and has a huge collection of anime series that she’s watched. Her favorite is Steins;Gate. We’re unsure if she’s also played the visual novel of the same name but this is definitely a great series so we can tell Serment has great taste in anime.


Name: Jeshua Ferrer

Role: AD Carry

Fofi is the AD Carry of the team. And this girl carries like a boss. She’s the one in the team who talks about random stuff. She claims that she also has different kinds of moods so don’t get her mad or she will penta your team. Fofi also streams her games on Facebook and Twitch.


Name: Roxanne Ty

Role: Sub

Rox is the sixth man of the team. She has been playing League of Legends since its inception in Season 1 so she’s seen it all. If there’s anyone in the team who’s seen the evolution of the game, it’s her. Her main role used to be jungle before she played with all-female teams. She adds that she’s thin and people call her Fiddlesticks for it.


Name: Mirachel Yuki

Role: Team Manager/Sub

You’ve probably guessed it from her name and yes, Nukella does indeed love Nutella. She’s literally addicted to it. Besides playing competitively, Nukella also streams on Twitch, a 2D/3D artist and an avid chess player. Her main role is support and her favorite support is Pyke. And if you’ve seen her before on our page, that’s because she’s also a partnered streamer for GamePOW.


Name: Rolen Renz Manalansan

Role: Coach

Female Esports League Elite

The team already made a name for themselves in the local scene since the team has won first place in Wargod’s All-Female League of Legends tournaments last May 2017 to September 2017 and February 2018. They also finished third place in FSL’s Philippine Qualifier last January 2019 and swept the competition recently in FSL’s Philippine Qualifier last August 4 of this year.

Liyab Esports

🏆 FSL Elite 🏆Get to know the FSL Elite teams! We did an interview and made highlights for Liyab Esports, winner of FSL Philippines. Click read more!💎 Top: Jonerry “Jonez” Macapagal💎 Jungle: Aiko “Aiko” Onitsuka💎 Mid: Giana “Serment” Llanes💎 Marksman: Jeshua “Fofi” Ferrer💎 Support/Team Captain: Denese “Den” Santos💎 Manager/Sub: Mirachel “Nukella” Yuki💎 Coach: Rolen Renz “Hawl” ManalansanQ: Good afternoon Liyab Esports! Please introduce your members and share a fun fact about yourself! ✌Fofi: Hi, I’m Fofi and I’m the AD Carry of the team. I’m usually the one who always talk about random stuff and have different kinds of moods.Aiko: I'm Aiko Onitsuka and I'm the Jungler of the team, but you can call me Aiks or simply Aiko. A fun fact about me is that my 1st hero in LoL is Teemo and my friends used to call me ate Teemo(Girl Teemo).Den: Hello. I'm Denese, Team Captain and Support of Liyab Haliya. I'm like an annoying alarm clock who constantly reminds the team to be extra careful and avoid unnecessary errors in game (even in real life too).Jones: Hi, I'm Jon, also known as Jonez, the Top Laner of the team. Having a major tunnel vision towards my opponents is one of the things that my teammates tease me for. Want another fun fact? Whenever I get autofilled as an ADC, Tristana with Sunfire is my go-to pick.Serment: Hello. I'm Gia aka Serment, the Mid Laner. A fun fact about me is that I have a huge collection of anime that I have watched and Steins;Gate is my favorite series.ROX: Hi, I'm Roxanne, 6th man of the team. You can call me Rox. I’ve been playing since Season 1. Before I started playing with all-female teams, my main role was a Jungler. Now I’m a Mid Laner. Fun fact about me? People call me Fiddlesticks because of how thin I am in real life. Kel: Hi, I’m Nukella, I’m the team manager and sub-Support for Liyab Haliya. I’m addicted to Nutella and asides from playing League and streaming on Twitch, I am also a 2D/3D artist and I love chess.Q: After failing to qualify for the previous FSL elite, what changes and improvements did Liyab Esports make? How does it feel being the winners for this FSL?Den: Prior to the previous FSL, our team was on hiatus for almost a year. We fell short. We had different priorities such as work, schooling, etc.This FSL Elite, one of the founding members of GGTY since 2016 came back (Aiko) and we recruited Fofi as our AD Carry. We made sure that everyone in the team is committed and disciplined to achieve our goal to rise to the top- continuous practice, listening to the feedback and suggestions of our coaches.Winning the FSL Elite 2019 qualifiers in PH is a dream come true for our team. We feel so blessed and grateful how everything turned out for us. Truly, hard work pays off.Q Do you guys have any thoughts coming to FSL Elite, and what you ladies will look forward to in Singapore?Den: Everyone in the team is really excited. Competing together in the local scene for 3 years, this will be our first time going abroad to compete. It's an honor to represent our country with Liyab and meet fellow players in SEA.-Catch Liyab Esports on FSL Elite 7th & 8th September at Comex Singapore 2019! Games will be broadcasted live on all our platforms 🔴#FSLElite

Posted by FSL LoL on Sunday, September 1, 2019

Den, the team’s captain attributes falling short in the last FSL because their team members have different priorities such as school, work, etc. Despite this, Liyab Haliya is coming back more determined than ever.

The team will make their debut in the international stage bringing with them their undefeated streak. They will compete at the Suntec Convention Center in the LAN tournament finals, FSL Elite, held in Singapore on September 7 and 8.

The qualified teams from other regions will also compete in the offline tournament in Singapore. They are Box Ladies representing Vietnam, Lannister representing Thailand, and Top 10 Dinos representing Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia respectively. The champion of this tournament will definately be known as one of the strongest all-female League of Legends teams in the region.

LoL-Haliya will be flying to Singapore this coming September 7-8, to represent the Philippines 🇵🇭 in the prestigious…

Posted by Liyab Esports on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The team recently dropped by the Globe Tower in Bonifacio High Street this week to get their official Liyab Haliya jerseys and to also experience low latency gaming powered by Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G.

And yesterday they landed in Singapore to get ready for their game this weekend.

Photo Credits: Team Liyab, Female Esports League

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