Meet the UAAP stars and their electrifying reasons for loving the game
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 20, 2016 01:05 PM
They are divided by their colors, celebrated for their wins, and united in their passions.
They are divided by their colors, celebrated for their wins, and united in their passions. While the rest of us watch from a distance, they’re smack in the middle of the action – battling it out on the court, sweating on the sidelines, pumping up the crowd.
Get to know some of the UAAP stars of the #HavaianasSquad and their reasons for keeping the spirit of the games alive in their hearts. It’s amazing to see that no matter how far they’ve come in their careers, they’ll always look back to their college days and say that these were the best of their lives.
This Batangas-born beauty is one of the most awarded young athletes in the Philippines today. Her impressive performance in both indoor and outdoor volleyball competitions has earned her numerous accolades, such as 4-time Best Scorer, 3-time Best Server, as well as several MVP awards. She holds the record for the most number of points scored in a single game (Season 75), and is also the first female volleyball player to win 4 awards in one UAAP season.
Aside from her undeniable Filipina beauty and athletic accomplishments, she also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Communications. Now THAT’s beauty, brains, and brawn.
"I am forever an Ateneo Lady Eagle because I will always be grateful for everything that the Ateneo has instilled in me…. What kept me going through college is passion and love for the game.”
Playing amongst towering foes is no issue for rising basketball star Aljun Melecio, a point guard in the UAAP Seniors Division. At only 5”7, Melecio managed to score a high of 42 points in the opening game of the UAAP juniors tournament in season 78. He was likewise named MVP of the season. He is already making waves by scoring 10 points during his college ball debut. Talk about nerves of steel! “The best thing about being a Green Archer is that the love and support of the community is just amazing," he shares.
Aljun first became passionate about basketball when he was in Grade 5. He enjoys playing tennis when he is off the basketball court.
Stef is a fun-loving gal who dreams of one day becoming a journalist. The striking BS Customs Administrations student is quickly gaining popularity as a UAAP courtside reporter. "What kept me going through college is my passion in reporting and having the curiosity to know every little detail about every little thing," she shares.
In her spare time, she likes to blog, plays volleyball, and also dabbles in modeling. She credits her sense of adventure to school spirit:"I'm forever a soaring falcon because we, Adamsonians/Vincentians know what fun is!!! The best thing about a soaring falcon for me is being able to show the world what true values are by also bringing pride to the school."
Dubbed by his coach as a “jewel in the rough”, this determined point guard is eager to prove that he can make it in the PBA. In his best season (2013), RoiSumang was an impressive scorer, averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Selected in the third round of the 2015 PBA draft, the pint-sized basketball player, who stands at a mere 5”10, is as unwavering as ever in his resolve to become the best player he can be.
"I am forever a red warrior because UE molded me to become a better human being. This is where I learned lessons and value in life."
Richard Escoto is arguably one of the most promising players in the Philippine collegiate basketball scene. Standing at 6”6, the younger brother of rising basketball star Russell Escoto is quickly making a name for himself, yet still gives props to his kuya: "I am forever a Tamaraw because of my family and my brother."
Richard was part of the team that brought home the gold during the 2016 SEABA Under 16 tournament. He likewise participated in the 2013 FIBA Asia Under 16, where his team finished first runner-up.
This rookie is a ruthless forward in the PBA. At 24 years old, Troy is comfortable making baskets, both within and beyond the three-point line. Towering at 6-foot-7, he is a formidable force on the court, with his impressive ball-handling skills.
Rosario has played in both national and international games, and was the only professional player in his team during the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup, where they won gold. His team also won gold during the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
"I am forever a NU Bulldog because I am a fighter. Nationalians know how to fight in any adversity. I don't back down."
This stud first gained popularity as a football player in high school. He later secured his fame as a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother in 2015. Known as the “Astig Athlete ng Quezon City”, Gutierrez is sure to melt hearts with his athleticism and killer looks! With a boyish smile, and a super toned body, Kenzo is seriously hot stuff!
"I am forever a fighting maroon because UP to me isn't only a community, but a family. Everyone genuinely cares for each other's wellness…. What keeps me going in school is the passion I have for football and the perception I have towards academics which is basically academics being an investment in the long run."
Don’t let the full head of hair in the photo fool you, Karl is in fact the younger brother of PBA player Doug Kramer and he’s determined to follow in kuya’s footsteps. "What kept me going through college is the thought of making my family proud and my passion towards basketball. I am forever a Thomasian because everyone is treated as family there."
This Baguio boy is quickly gaining popularity not just for his performance on the basketball court, but also for his smashing good looks. In fact, he was named top 13 in TV100’s campus hotties Hotlist 2016!
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