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2019 Project 365 Day 363: Bruce Quebral Birthday

Photo #363: December 29

Taken in 2004: my first picture with Bruce Quebral!!! Kobe, Ricci, and GDLs, magbigay pugay sa OG heartthrob ng UPMBT! 😂😆

Happy birthday, itay! Sana sa next reunion ng 2004 team, kumpleto na tayo! #UPFIGHT ❤️💚

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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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2019 Project 365, Day 298: Paul Desiderio

Photo #298: October 25

“From Bo-ttom dwellers to Bo-ast-worthy.”

Naka-graduate si Paul Desiderio na wala akong picture with …. WAIT MERON PALA! 😂😅#UPFight

I don’t know if this issue/volume of UPDate is still available, but thank you to Jo-Anne Domingo for sending me a copy! 🤗

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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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