Get to know: Heartthrobs of UAAP 2nd sem sports (Part 1)
Barry Viloria on Mar 02, 2015 12:21 PM
DLSU baseball player Carlos Laurel and Ateneo men's volleyball player Rex Intal are just two of the male heartthrobs of the UAAP Season 77 second semester sports.
MANILA, Philippines – Like the NBA, PBA, and any other sport league, the UAAP also boasts of talented athletes who just happened to be, well, good-looking. But the crop of these crushable athletes is not limited to the first semester run—more so in men’s seniors basketball. Go ahead and watch a game of volleyball, football, track and field, or other events played during the second semester, and you’ll spot some charmers who are more than their looks and charisma. Get to know some of them here!
Jerico Ejercito Estregan, DLSU Tracksters
Year/course: MA in Communications, Major in Applied Mass Media (undergraduate degree: Political Science)
Remaining years in the UAAP starting SY 2015-2016: 1
Recent feats: Silver, 4x1 relay; Bronze, 4x4 100m-relay
Idol in the sport: Olympics sprinter Michael Johnson
Jerico picked up track and field in fifth grade, following in the footsteps of his older brother Jet who was then part of the La Salle Greenhills varsity athletics team. So, he was training for two events, until he decided to pursue just track and field up to college. Next to sports, this fitness buff (read: washboard abs) dabbles in hip-hop (he has joined and won at the 2010 World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas) and physique competitions (he has joined the top ranks and won special awards at the Mr. Philippines 2013 and Slimmers World International Great Bodies 2013). His ultimate dream is to continue on with his film projects like his actor dad ER and excel in hosting, while playing for the Philippine team in the SEA Games.
Rex Intal, Ateneo Blue Spikers
Year/course: 3rd year/ BFA Informaton Design
Remaining years in the UAAP starting SY 2015-2016: 2
Recent feats: UAAP Season 76 1st Runner-up, Men’s Volleyball
Idol in the sport: UAAP Season 76 Rookie of the Year and MVP Marck Espejo
Like his older brother and Barako Bull cager JC, the younger Intal also shared an immense interest in basketball—although he didn’t play competitively. But it wasn’t until the announcement of athletes being exempted from Cadet Advancement Training back in high school when Rex joined the men’s volleyball team. "I used to think the sport was just for girls," he confesses. "But I fell in love with it and pursued it." Now playing for the seniors division, Rex makes sure his 6’2" height advantage is utilized as the squad’s middle spiker. It’s been some crazy years playing for the UAAP, he says, more so now; he’d wake up at 4:45 am for a 6 am training, and would to go to class right after, a life he leads during a 21 unit-packed semester. But he likes living in the moment, saying he is still "scared to face the real world" after the UAAP and jokingly mentions dating actress Liza Soberano as his "ultimate dream."
Carlos Monfort, UP Maroon Booters
Year/course: 3rd year/ Sports Science
Remaining years in the UAAP starting SY 2015-2016: 2
Recent sports feats: 2-time UAAP finalist, U-19 UFL Champions
Idol in the sport: Chris Monfort, his dad
Instagram account: @carlosmonfort
Three years old—that’s how young Carlos was when he started working it on the pitch, courtesy of his father who was also part of the UP Football Team. He stuck to it when he entered grade school then high school, playing for the respective varsity teams in Ateneo and also for the national team under U-14, U-15, and U-16. (He particularly cherishes his experience playing at the Gothia Cup in 2006, where he was awarded MVP.) He is now boosting the Maroon team, a big men’s football contender and last season’s runner-up. Fun and outgoing, Carlos is one laidback guy whom you’d just chance in Diliman "studying for a class or hanging out with my special someone."
Japheth Moreno, Ateneo Blue Eaglets
Year: Grade 12
Recent feat: UAAP Season 77 Champion, Men’s Juniors Basketball
Idol in the sport: Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum
Instagram account: @japwet
"I love the joy it gives me with every single shot and defensive stop that I make," reveals Japheth about basketball. A part of the recent UAAP men’s juniors basketball champion team, he keeps his focus clear in terms of balancing sports and school. It must be that he’s been in the sport competitively since third grade. In sixth grade, he won his first championship at the SBP and continued on at the league before suiting up for the UAAP Juniors in his senior year in high school. Japheth hopes to become a pilot someday, and contemplating whether to push through with his hard court dreams or not. With the Eaglets’ recent championship, maybe he might just reconsider?
Carlos Laurel, DLSU Green Batters
Year/course: 5th year/ AB Development Studies
Remaining years in the UAAP starting SY 2015-2016: 0
Recent sports feat: 2014 PSC Baseball Commissioner's Cup Most Stolen Bases
Instagram account: @carlos_laurel
Sports definitely runs in Carlos’ family: His grandfather is Dodjie Laurel, a racing icon, and his dad is track and fielder Arsenic. As a kid, Carlos already developed an athletic bone, playing basketball, badminton, swimming, and golf. He played baseball as his "bonding time" with his brothers and parents, and picked it up as his main sport when he reached 13. He went competitive with it in grade school and high school as part of La Salle Greenhills’ varsity teams, and playing for the ILLAM and the national team, among others. In 2010, he was awarded Best Pitcher at the Palarong Pambansa. The dedicated student-athlete admits he doesn’t really go out, and keeps focused on sports and school, instead. The certified heartthrob does modeling when he has time; in fact, he was chosen as one of Chalk Magazine’s Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties.