2019 Project 365 Day 356: #MikeeBaka

Photo #356: December 22

Our first #MikeeBaka meet-up!!! What started as a “joke” became a full fan club, hahaha! Thank you for your time, Mikee and Kata! Hopefully, mas marami na next time.  #UPFight

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2019 Project 365, Day 296: Coach Lito Vergara

Photo #296: October 23

For the benefit of the new generation(s) of UP Men’s Basketball Team fans, let me share what happened in 2004 – UAAP Season 67.

I was a sophomore back then, but I’ve been supporting the UP MBT since I entered the UPIS in 1999. Anyway, we started the season with 6 straight losses. My friends and I, we called ourselves the Maroon Maniacs, still supported them and watched their games live because that’s what real fans do! Now for our 7th game, it was against NU at the Araneta Coliseum, another team that wasn’t doing well at that time. OMG WE WON THAT GAME, AND IT FELT LIKE WE WERE CHAMPIONS!

Many people thought it was a one-time thing, but noooooo! We went on to defeat AdU, UE, UST, FEU, and *ONE BIG GASP* even Ateneo! The Ateneo game was extra physical, though. Marvin Cruz was suspended for pushing LA Tenorio!

The team became a dark horse because of their consecutive wins. Nangangamoy Final Four: a feat that UP hasn’t achieved since Paolo Mendoza days, a little over a decade then. However, on September 4 at the ULTRA (now called the Phil-Sports Arena), DLSU (led by Cardona, Yeo, etc.) put a stop to our F4 bid. It was a good run, and at the end of the season, we had a 7-7 record (we had a sweep of NU).

This is actually an appreciation post for one of the best coaches the UP MBT has ever had: Coach Lito Vergara! He encouraged the players to improve and WIN! At the same time, he was (and still is) equally supportive of us fans! I’m glad we’re still friends after all these years! 

One team, one heart, UP FIGHT!

p.s. a few days ago, he challenged me to make a poster showing my support for Toti Almeda, and to bring it to today’s game… so hello, challenge accepted hahahaha! I printed it on a piece of A4 paper, and I even ran out of ink, so I had to use a marker to shade the affected area. I used an old cardboard box to make the poster sturdier haha ways ways!

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2019 Project 365, Day 289: UP vs. UST, Round 2, UAAP 82

Photo #289: September 16

Diliman x Los Baños represent! Smiling despite the loss because someone gave me a Mernel’s cake! Hahahaha! #UPFight

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2019 Project 365, Day 272: UP vs. AdMU, Round 1, UAAP 82

Photo #272: September 29

Smiling but deep inside, cursing the referees.  Second round, bring it on! #UPFight #DiRinMagbabagoAngDamdamin

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2018 Project 365, Day 337: UP Fan!

Photo/Video #337: December 3

Last Saturday, I turned off my phone to focus on an event. When I turned it back on, I received a ton of notifications about being part of the UAAP men’s basketball finals pre-game feature!!! I finally watched it today, and grabe ah, I’m not part of “a new generation of basketball fans” because I have been supporting the team since 1999! But thank you, ABSCBN kasi I feel young hahaha! Also, this post is my “application” to score better tickets for Games 2 and 3! Hahahaha hello, connections, where art though?? I deserve to be as near to the team as possible!!!

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2018 Project 365, Day 319: UP/UPIS UAAP Jerseys

Photo #319: November 15

UP’s win yesterday sent many of us older fans on a trip down memory lane. High school and college friends sent me messages/comments recalling fun, touching, embarrassing, sad, funny, and basically, memorable UAAP moments. As for me, I was able to find 3 albums of developed photos plus some stuff any basketball fan would want to get at some point: jerseys and warmers!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH UP’S FINAL FOUR GAMES!!! Let’s claim it! 🤛😁🤞🤩

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