Past DLSU heartthrobs who made you cheer for Taft
Barry Viloria on Dec 05, 2016 08:48 AM
Teng, Torres, Montalbo, Ricci Rivero. Hands down, this seasonís Archers lineup sees no shortage of star players. Curious who were the kings before? (Photo courtesy of Chalk Magazine)
The DLSU Green Archers not only maintained a rivalry with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in terms of skills and titles won (they now have eight each). They also paralleled the opposing team on which squad has the better-looking players. We previously brought you a list of Ateneo fan favorites from before. Now, it’s time to remember the hard court heartthrobs hailing from Taft!
A former Ateneo Blue Eaglet, Manalo rose to be the “DLSU star athlete” epitome. He had the boy-next-door appeal to match his three UAAP Seniors crowns. ACL and MCL injuries would later spoil his then-star status, and were met with more bad news. While on recovery, it was discovered that he had a fatal sickness that would have worsened hadn’t he been examined earlier. Manalo went on to be a missionary, before becoming a coach and sports consultant. (Photo from Manalo's Facebook)
News of his apparent suicide attempt shook fans in August. Who wouldn’t be caught in surprise to hear about a talented triple threat, whose fame roots to his UAAP career? A frequent top scorer in the league, Cardona clinched two championships plus a Rookie of the Year award.
Recently signed with Meralco, Yeo used to be a favorite La Salle player who saw a Finals appearance many times. He was part of the four-peat-completing green team that went head-to-head with Ateneo in the finals. He helped shatter the blue team’s first time to be in the finals after 13 years.
The "Cool Cat" sported a signature skinhead and let out a fan-friendly Amboy accent. Traded this year to GlobalPort Batang Pier, the Fil-Am Cortez used to be a key La Salle player alongside Cardona and Yeo. He would rise to be a legendary Archer with two UAAP Seniors titles and a Rookie of the Year plum in his belt. (Photo from Joy Cortez' Facebook)
He easily became a heartthrob—just like Chris Tiu and Joseph Yeo, Tang was a high school baller from Xavier stepping into an elite university as a varsity player, too. His star shone brighter in his last year, boosting La Salle to a UAAP championship.
Following in the footsteps of dad Freddie (collegiate star-turned-pro star), this Webb played the hero card during his career as an Archer. That was in the early 90s. He moved on to play in the PBA until 2001. He has since taken coaching, political (councilor for Parañaque City) and commentating jobs, using his background and experience as edge.
Another good-looking Webb who was groomed to be a La Sallian star after starring for La Salle Zobel, Joshua got drafted in the PBA and now plays for Mahindra.
With his British lineage and a 2005 UAAP Juniors’ Finals MVP attached to his name, stunner Atkins from DLSZ easily caught many eyes come his turn in the Seniors. It was so much so when he became part of the 2007 champion team. During his time, he was one of those more welcoming of media appearances like magazine cover opportunities and modeling gigs.
Who can ever forget this tisoy who captained the Centennial champion team in 1998? Uy, green-blooded since his younger years, would graduate from the basketball scene to become a sports commentator and host. Lately, he’s been filling his Instagram feed with photos of him as a doting dad to his kids.
Arnold van Opstal
Rewind to Season 76, Fil-German big man Arnold van Opstal relished being the man of the hour. He was part of a champion team, and he enjoyed a fair share of the showbiz glitz. (Iin 2013, he even walked in an underwear show to the delight of many fan girls!) He broke the hearts of these same fans, though, when he announced that he wouldn’t be playing out his last year in the UAAP because of an injury. That was 2015. He has since been traveling to various countries, training and undergoing recovery. He recently suited up for the national team at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge Cup and got drafted by San Miguel Beer in the PBA.