UP courtside reporters: Where are they now?

Barry Viloria on Jul 25, 2015 05:02 PM
UP courtside reporters: Where are they now?
They maybe underdogs in men's basketball but definitely a top contender in the courtside beauty and brains department (Photo courtesy of Riki Flores)

For the second part of our courtside reporter #throwback series (Click here for Ateneo), we recall the best from those hailing from the Diliman territory—many of whom have also gone on to become the hottest women in local media. Iskolars ng Bayan, how far do you think your Maroon muses have gone?

Quite far, actually...

No contest, the TV Patrol anchor is regarded as the most successful product from the UAAP courtside. Gretchen Fullido worked for three straight seasons (67-69) in the league, making her the only one to do so. It was the UP film and audiovisual communication alumna’s first broadcasting gig, which she did alongside her weather journalist stint on ANC and another courtside reporter job for the Philippine Basketball League. Her face has since become a staple on the Kapamilya station. In gratitude for her job, she told in an interview once, “What followed through (after the job) was a blessing. I’m so lost for words to thank them. Without that experience, I guess I wouldn’t be here now." She added with a joke, "For us, for every win, we cry during the UP Naming Mahal kasi medyo bihira kaming manalo."


Putting the finishing touches on something exciting! 😁 something good is about to start! ☀️

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Badass was what you’d think of Riki Flores, with all her petite, pixie-haired, UP varsity softball team-captaining, tomboyish charm. (No one will ever forget her intro line for the UP Pep Squad in one CDC, “The future’s so bright for State U I just gotta wear my shades.”) It’s an identity that people who see her even after her UAAP Seasons 72-73 stint easily associate her with. She now works for a rival sports channel and mans the booth with fellow courtside reporter alumna Andi Manzano for The Mother Show on the radio. Update! She's now happily married to former UP Fighting Maroon Martin Reyes, and they have a bouncing baby boy, Calix.


Constantly challenge yourself. Hello from me and overexposed Urijah Faber in the background👋🏼 #UFCManila

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Seasons 75-76 UP courtside reporter Bea Fabregas was also an athlete while on to her on-cam job. In fact, she was the captain of the university’s tennis team in her last year. “So, it was a challenge like you know. They were so proud of the fact that I was, you know, courtside so it was you know it kind of just all worked out,” she recalls. It did work out in the end for the bubbly Bea, who now juggles her time as a radio jock and a sports analsyt.

Gabby Dario brought the spunk to the courtside with her dancing skills—she dances and choreographs as a profession, and even represented the country at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. The broadcast communication student is currently interning for campus lifestyle magazine Chalk. She muses, "The best part of being a courtside reporter is the invaluable work experience. From the connections I made, to the sports jargon I learned, to even the bad losses, being a CSR made me realize just how much work goes into broadcasting!"

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PS Special hi to Jordan de Castro (Season 63), Jorelle Legaspi (Season 64), Christina Cañada (Season 65), and Michelle Sartou (Season 66), too! We tried our best to stalk you, guys.


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