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2020 Project 366, Day 46: UPJBT Fans’ Day

Photo #46: February 15

Another successful fan event done!!! Thank you to our Juniors team and to our enabler sir Dale! Thank you, baby girls! 💚 #UPIS #UPISKO #UPISFight

p.s. bakit parang galing kaming prom ni Jordi may pabulaklak hahaha thank you to the UP Rural HS students for the lovely sunflowers! 🌻

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2020 Project 366, Day 36: UPIS WINS!

Photo #36: February 5

As a UP basketball team fan for over 20 years now, I am no stranger to supporting underdogs. Win or lose, I choose to support my school, my team, my family. And today, the last day of elims, the UPIS Junior Fighting Maroons – Basketball team finally won a game, and it felt like we were the champions! Happy to have shared the experience with many younger (comparative form, yes!) fans. Love you, baby girls! Thank you for supporting the boys even though almost all of you are from different schools. Nakakataba ng puso!

#UPISFight #UPIS5ever #UPIS #UPFight #UPISKO #GalingUPIS ❤️💚

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2020 Project 366, Day 20: 8th Jersey

Photo #20: January 20

A jersey is one of the most prized possessions of an athlete, and to be given one even without asking for it is a huge honor for any fan. I’ve been a basketball fan for over 20 years now, and this is the 8th jersey I’ve received. Huhu thank you to my long-time friend, @dionyhipolito!!! He’s one of the genuinely nicest & humblest athletes I’ve ever met! 🙂

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Arigatou and Sayonara, 2019!

2019 is probably my most expensive year, but everything’s worth every peso/yen. I am rich in memories and friends!

I went to Japan thrice: Fukuoka & Nagasaki in March, Yamanashi in July, and Tokyo in November. The first one was planned for almost two years, while the latter ones were unexpected, especially the latest trip. Having a multiple-entry visa is both a pro and a con: on the one hand, it’s so much easier to schedule visits to Japan, but on the other, I feel this constant itch to go there repeatedly! I know I will visit again, just not anytime soon. I need to recuperate financially, but I don’t have any regrets. Every experience is unique and just makes me love Japan even more. One of my dreams is to visit all of their 47 prefectures, and so far, I’ve been to just 6 (including Chiba and Yokohama). Slowly but surely! ^^

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The UAAP basketball season was shorter this year because of the SEA Games. I am proud to say that I was present at all of the UP men’s basketball team’s games! That meant various extra expenses: tickets, transpo fare, gas/parking fees, food, merchandise, cheering paraphernalia, etc. No complaints, though! I’ve been cheering for them since 1999, and I have no plans of stopping. In addition, I found new friends who share my passion and energy for supporting the UPMBT and UP in general. I don’t recall exactly how it happened, but people now call me the “patron saint” of UP fans! Hahaha! Not sure if it’s because of being a long-time supporter, helping people get tickets, or both?! 😀

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Because of my Japan and UAAP basketball experiences, I’ve become much closer to a few long-time friends. I also gained a new family thanks to the #UPFight community on Twitter, particularly my core group: Grace, Bea, Tiff, Golda, Mark, Li, and Phim! Despite meeting most of them just this year (Bea and Grace in college), I feel like we’ve known each other for years! Moreover, a few players followed me back on Twitter and Instagram, including *gasp* Shaun Ildefonso of NU!!! Basketball fan goals!!! (sobrang kilig ko dito hahaha di pa ako maka-get over!!)

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Of course, all these won’t be possible without my job, so I will never get tired of saying I am forever grateful to RareJob! Here’s to more lessons, Japan trips, and school support in 2020!!!

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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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