Get to know: UST courtside reporter Angelique Manto
Barry Viloria on Nov 28, 2015 03:40 PM
USTe's muse sources inspiration from three things: Her team, her mom, and her deceased dad who first dreamed of her becoming a courtside reporter (Photos below courtesy of Angelique Manto. Follow her on Instagram: @angeliquemanto)
She calls herself “literally weird.” If she had a sport, it would be that, “My tongue can touch my nose, my ears can move, and I can bend my thumb way backwards.”
But we’d surely let all these peculiar stuff glide with the sight of her on ABS-CBN Sports + Action. Given her tall height, slim frame, and all-Filipina beauty and charm, UST courtside reporter Angelique Manto can easily pass up as someone getting into sportscasting as a launch pad for her artista dreams. Which she has, she admits. Specifically, to be a beauty queen.
“Yes—with feelings!” she exclaims. “I think once you start joining pageants, your ultimate dream is to be in Binibining Pilipinas talaga.”
With a face fit for the screen, the 19-year-old UST Communication Arts senior has joined and won in a couple of beauty pageants throughout college. She was hailed Mutya ng Kapampangan 2014 in her native Lubao, and was also part of Ms. UST Personality in 2013 where she landed a runner-up post.
“Pero to represent the Philippines in Miss Universe, hopefully, is the dream.” She follows it with a laugh, “Wow, ang taas ng dreams talaga!”
Got to be a cheerleader because of this guy who gave me my taste of a stunt! Anyway, I had the best time hyping, cheering and shouting my heart out for UST and Salinggawi Dance Troupe! I am nothing but proud and honored to have served you, UST! #GoUSTe 🐯💛 And to you, love, thank you for being with me throughout this journey. You are everything I'll ever need. 💜
Angelique, who follows in the footsteps of Kristelle Bachelor, Tina Marasigan, and, yes, Dimples Romana, among others, likes how she gets to apply what she’s learned in school through her courtside job. If not conquering world pageants, she’d be interested in pursuing news reporting on TV as well. She makes a well-rounded girl into media and communication, really—she sings, hosts, writes for us here at sports.abs-cbn.com, and is over-particular with her Instagram.
Past all these, however, Angelique is looking into her courtside job as something of bigger importance. It is not just her dream, she says; this also serves as a dream fulfilled for her basketball fan of a dad who encouraged her a while ago to pursue a career on TV. Her dad has already passed on.
“He really watched basketball and we watched some UST games together. I really pursued this even after his death. Kahit di nya ko napapanuod ngayon, for sure he’s in the games.”
This semester, it proved a struggle for Angelique to juggle reporting for and checking in on the championship-poised, Bong dela Cruz-steered UST Growling Tigers, and working on her last semesters in college. Still, the rewards she gets yield no regrets on her part.
“I'm still learning and working even harder to improve,” she says, mentioning that she has since turned to her mom as her inspiration in her sportscasting career after her beloved dad went to his resting place.
And, of course, the UST team, which takes on a crucial game that might give way to another championship after nine long years.
“I'm having the time of my life, really; just being able to see the team work really hard, work with people in the industry, and to be part of the UST family--I wouldn't trade it for anything.“