DID YOU KNOW? Paul Desiderio has claimed 'Atin 'To' in Call of Duty
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 21, 2020 04:28 PM
Paul Desiderio is on that Call of Duty Mobile on the daily
More often than not, Paul Desiderio is not one to make guarantees.
If and when he does, however, he makes it in the most memorable manner.
Case in point, the 5-foot-11 guard famously called game in a timeout in the dying moments of the University of the Philippines UAAP 79 matchup opposite University of Sto. Tomas.
With the Fighting Maroons down by two with just 5.3 ticks to go, Desiderio yelled to his teammates, "Atin 'to, papasok 'to!"
Not long after, he took a pass from Jun Manzo and then launched a long-range missile over Zach Huang
Game, indeed, for State U.
"Atin 'to" would go on to become the maroon and green's battle cry all the way to its first Final Four berth since 1997 and then its first Finals since 1986.
Until now, with Desiderio years gone from Diliman, those two words still ring around venues when UP plays.
As it turns out, though, it has extended far beyond the MOA Arena or the Araneta Coliseum.
The now-Blackwater guard has also been inspiring his teammates with "Atin 'to!" - only this time, in Call of Duty.
"Siyempre lagi kong sinasabi yan," he said, talking about the online team-based first-person shooter that he has been playing each and every day during the enhanced community quarantine.
However, the results have not always been the same as that legendary Fighting Maroons' triumph over the Growling Tigers. "Ang problema lang, ang daming magagaling kaya namamatay kami agad," he said, through chuckles.
Whatever it is, Desiderio said that all that matters in Call of Duty is you have a good game with other people, especially now during the continuing COVID-19 crisis. "Nakakatulong talaga sobra yung ganito kasi boring na hindi makalabas so after workout, naglalaro na lang para tanggal stress," he said.
Even better, the now-23-year-old has also put up a gaming channel that features him and his teammates playing Call of Duty. "Naisip kong gawin yun kasi nakikita ko na yung ibang gumagawa nito, nagkakapera sila. Malay natin, ikayaman ko 'to," he said, with a smile.
The gaming channel, named Chooks 2 COD is also a notable nod to his other source of income - a Chooks-to-Go stall in Fairview, Quezon City that has just re-opened.
For now, though, Desiderio's full focus is on answering the Call of Duty. As he put it, "Sa mga gamers dyan, i-follow niyo kami ng clan ko. Chooks 2 COD!"
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