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2020 Project 366, Day 139: New Jerseys!!!

Photo #139: May 18

Someone’s a happy basketball fan. ☺️ Check out Blaze Athletics PH‘s signed, imitated jerseys! Proceeds will be used to help frontliners. ❤️💚💙💛🐶

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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 263: UAAP Lower Box Tickets!!!

Photo #263: September 20

I kept checking online, and I finally scored lower box tickets for tomorrow’s game! If anyone’s interested, I also have 1 extra – Section 203, Row A, Seat 21! Just send me a private message! #UPFight

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2019 Project 365, Day 247: UP vs FEU, Round 1, UAAP 82

Photo #247: September 4

On a high!!! The UP Men’s Basketball Team started Season 82 with a win!!! I believe we were seen on TV twice in the 4th quarter!!! Thank you to all those who sent screenshots hahaha and thank you to ABSCBN Sports on Twitter! #UPFight #Atin82

*screenshot from https://twitter.com/abscbnsports/status/1169136463159713792

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2018 Project 365, Day 331: A Poem for the MAROONS

Photo #331: November 27

Warning: guys, super UP-centric nito. ✌️

When I was in 3rd or 4th year college, I had Creative Writing 100. One of the things I learned was how to write a villanelle: a 19-line poem distinctive because of its alternately recurring 1st and 3rd lines throughout the piece. So yeah, my partner and I decided to compose one as a tribute to the Maroons. It’s not award-winning, but it oozes with school pride. 😅

Excited and nervous about tomorrow’s game, but I believe we will win! 

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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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2018 Project 365, Day 314: UP vs UST

Photo #314: November 10

First time to watch a UAAP basketball game live in at least 2 years, and I’m so glad I did!!! UP WON!!!! Happy to have watched it with some fellow peyups users/UP alumni, blast from the past woohoo!!! 😀

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