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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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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 279: UP vs. FEU, Round 2, UAAP 82

Photo #279: October 6

Still all smiles despite losing to FEU because we overcame a 19-pt deficit and forced an overtime, kinapos lang hahaha still a great game!

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2019 Project 365, Day 273: Second Round Sched

Photo #273: September 30

Anyway, on to the next round! Use your leave credits, guys! Hahaha! Grabe, I remember before, 1 or 2 main games lang tayo per round, but now, majority na! So proud huhu! #UPFight ❤️💚

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2019 Project 365, Day 268: UP vs. DLSU, Round 1, UAAP 82

Photo #268: September 25

Celebratory dinner and margaritas! UP Diliman and Los Baños represent! Actually, DLSU as well, because kuya Joe took his masters there! Animo! Cheers!  #UPFight #siblingsfromanothermomma

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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 261: James Spencer / Another UP Win!

Photo #261: September 18

Did UP win today? Yes, we did!!! And I finally had a picture taken with my current fave, James Spencer! He’s one of the reasons UP started catching up with AdU after a 16-point deficit last Sunday! My friend said he smelled so good, but I wasn’t able to breathe when this was taken, so I dunno wahaha! #UPFight #AtinTo

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2019 Project 365, Day 259: CHK UPD

Photo #259: September 16

I went to the College of Human Kinetics today for an interview about being a long-time supporter of the UP men’s basketball team. I also purchased tickets for Wednesday’s games. While waiting, I met a new friend and old ones, and it was so much fun reminiscing about college and high school!!! Nice to meet you, Jasper! Great talking with you, Mela and Ma’m Josie!  #UPFight

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