Wednesday, May 22, 2019

UAAP 2018, UP vs Ateneo Finals

Last December, my alma mater, University of the Philippines (UP) men's basketball team has reached the finals in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) -- after 32 years. The last time that UP has reached the finals and became a champion was in 1986, with Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc as among the key players.

The euphoria among UP students and alumni was soooo high, it was very electrifying, inspiring and fun. This is game 2 of UP-Ateneo finals at the Araneta Coliseum. A sea of blue shirts (Ateneo) outnumbered by an ocean of maroon shirts (UP).

The repeated chants that afternoon was "UP Fight!" vs "One Big Fight" by the other team. The cheering drummers of both teams were hitting the drums at their strongest might and muscles.

UP Maroon players fought hard but their best was not enough to the mightier Ateneo Eagles players. 2-0 finals. Nonetheless, thanks Coach Bo Perasol, thanks players Juan GDL, others.

Needless to say, it was sooooo hard to get a ticket to the games. My friend and former Narra dormmate Peter "Pidro" Sing is one resourceful person he can produce miracles. He was able to get extra tickets at the last hour. Me grinning ear to ear after Pidro gave my ticket, thanks again, Pidro.

Other UP cheerers. To my right is my former UPSE teacher Dr. Manny Esguerra, another UPSE alumni Vickee Quimbo and her friend.

This year, I hope, many hope, that UP will become UAAP basketball champion again.

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