Famed UAAP, NCAA barker Rolly Manlapaz passes away

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 27, 2018 01:28 PM
Famed UAAP, NCAA barker Rolly Manlapaz passes away
Photo courtesy of Rolly Manlapaz's Twitter account.

Rolly Manlapaz, whose booming voice gave life to many UAAP and NCAA games through the years, has passed away at 58 years old. He recently celebrated last September 3. 

Manlapaz has been battling ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease and succumbed to the illness on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. at the UERM Memorial Hospital.

For the past four months, Manlapaz has been ill.

In fact, the proceeds of the Ateneo de Manila University-De La Salle University rivalry game in the 2018 Filoil Preseason last June were collected to aid in his hospital bills.

The famed barker’s absence in the UAAP and NCAA has not gone unnoticed. Several people, including former and current student-athletes such as Kiefer Ravena and Aljun Melecio, have gone to social media to point out that they were missing his booming voice during games.

Manlapaz started as a barker in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) back in 1998 before moving on to the UAAP and NCAA.

Manlapaz's remains will be at Loyola Memorial Park Marikina Diamond 2 Chapel starting Sept. 28, Friday. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. and his body will be cremated on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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