Raining on the parade: UP lanterns awe spectators despite weather

by Misty Pegram

Dingas was the theme for this year‘s Lantern Parade in Diliman. Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Dingas was the theme for this year‘s Lantern Parade in Diliman. Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo courtesy of DZUP 1602.

With the looming weather and the rain already beginning to fall, the few hours preceding the day’s main event seemed bleak.

Distinct sounds of marching bands and Christmas music left the crowd in joyous anticipation, yet things only began to brighten up when colorful floats of different shapes and sizes started circling the University of the Philippines’ Academic Oval.

 

Held December 14, the annual Lantern Parade, with the theme “Dingas: Adhikaing Diliman, Adhikaing Bayan,” drew in thousands of students and spectators to celebrate both the Christmas season and the official end of the semester.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

 

The parade, led by the ROTC Symphonic band, made its way around campus, stopping at different key locations such as the iconic Palma Hall, the Vinzons Hall and the Melchor Hall before reaching its final destination for a program at the UP Amphitheater.

The College of Engineering bagged the first spot in the university-wide competition with a lantern depicting the Oblation with a blazing heart surrounded by lights dancing along to upbeat music.

This was followed by the colorful sarimanok-themed house of the College of Architecture, which caught the attention of the audience as it disassembled to give way to performers dressed in the fashion of the Moro bird.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

Gaining third place was a float exhibited by the National College of Public Administration and Governance, which depicted a blazing sun above several buildings.

Taon-taon mas nagiging kahanga-hanga ang mga maniningning at malikhaing float (Each year we are more awed by the bright and creative floats),” UP President Alfredo Pascual said during his speech for this year’s program.

Meanwhile, films that ignited a spark for national progress became the central theme of the lanterns hailing from the College of Fine Arts.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

Still revolving on the university-wide theme of Dingas, popular Pinoy movie characters were paraded in the college’s floats from the classic Dyesebel to the cult-followed Heneral Luna.

However, it was Panday, Asiong Salonga and Juan Tamad who earned first, second and third place in the college’s separate competition.

Aside from showcasing creativity and skill, the floats paraded around UP Diliman also sent various messages and calls coming from each college’s respective advocacies.

Made from recycled CD’s accompanied with television screens, the float of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) showed the media’s role in fueling the spark needed to create change.

Clad in yellow, the students of the college also remained united in their stance against the persistent culture of impunity with banners held high as they called to stop killing journalists.

“The  essential structure is really the microphone and the (televisions) surrounding it,” Ria Tagle, chairperson of the CMC Student Council, said in describing the college’s lantern. “Mamaya, mas makikita how through our medium we create a spark (Later, we will further see how through our media we create a spark).”

In line with media killings, the UP Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan sent a booming message through its military tank-designed float crafted by Toym Imao, the visual artist behind this year’s fiery Oblation design for Dingas 2015.

The tank was meant to remind people of the darkness brought about by the Marcos dictatorship and the rampant human rights violations during the Martial Law.

Showing their support for the Lumad, the College of Arts and Letters’ lantern portrayed the Bagobo’s myth of the Minokawa, which tells the story of a massive bird attempting to swallow the moon and forcing the people into darkness.

As a representative of the plight the Lumad are facing today, the portrayal of the myth carried was accompanied by a performance from the Lumad children.

Kahit may ulan, kahit may bagyo, ‘di yan makakapigil sa dingas na nagbigay ng liwanag sa dilim (Even if there is rain, even if there is a typhoon, it will not stop the flame that gave light in the darkness),” said Chancellor Michael Tan in his message during the program.

Explosions of red, green, yellow and blue spreading across the sky signaled the close of the 2015 Lantern Parade.

With it, students, faculty, administrators and visitors were reminded that although the event was finished, its blazing theme to ignite change in society would continue as a message for spectators to carry on the university’s culture of honor and excellence in service of the people.

In tune with its theme, the Lantern Parade is simply a manifestation of this culture, and at the end of the day, the challenge lies outside the university.

After all, it only takes a spark to fully ignite a flame.

Light it “UP”

“As a platform for radical thoughts and eye-opening discussions, UP marks itself as a tiny blaze that continuously burns.”

• Toym Imao’s light sculptures kickstart Christmas in Diliman
• Tan: ‘UP marks itself as tiny blaze that continuously burns’

by Alysha Nacino

Inspired by the Lubena Christmas festival in Pampanga, Toym Imao’s lanterns and light sculptures adorn the Oblation, launching UP Diliman’s holiday celebrations. Photo by Krysten Mariann Boado
Inspired by the Lubena Christmas festival in Pampanga, Toym Imao’s lanterns and light sculptures adorn the Oblation, launching UP Diliman’s holiday celebrations. Photo by Krysten Mariann Boado

Darkness has fallen, and the stars were yet to come out from their hiding place. Murmurs from the excited crowd traveled through the air until the lone note for the famous Christmas carol “Gabing Payapa” rose above them, strong and tremulous.

One by one, student athletes descended the steps of Quezon Hall, holding white lanterns of different shapes and sizes. They made their way to the giddy spectators as the only source of light amidst the prevailing darkness for this year’s annual Pag-iilaw sa Diliman, which marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the university.

UP president Alfredo Pascual said the Pag-iilaw held on November 27, was different from the previous lighting ceremonies in the university.

With UP’s present Christmas theme, Dingas: “Adhikaing Diliman, Adhikaing Bayan”, the university did not only light up the iconic Oblation and the Quezon Hall, they also circled the Academic Oval, parading hand-made lanterns and lighting up the other buildings as well.

The parade, led by a marching band, went around half the Oval followed by 20 beautifully crafted parols which took the students and visitors to respective stations during the event.

Spectators made six stops during the parade: UP Ampitheater, Vargas Museum, AS (Palma Hall) steps, Main Library, College of Engineering and the Carillon Tower before heading back to Quezon Hall where the Oblation was unraveled and eventually set ablaze by its fiery design.

Several students from the UP Integrated School released 107 blinking technicolor balloons to signify years of UP’s unwavering service to the nation. Meanwhile, student groups such as the UP Dance Company, UP Pugad Sayk and UP Street Dance Club entertained the crowd the symbolic ceremony that marked the beginning of Christmas in the university.

Aninag 2015 was inspired by the Kapampangan Christmas tradition Lubenas that gave birth to the province’s renowned Giant Lantern Festival where hand crafted parols are paraded around the streets of Pampanga, displaying the ingenuity and creativity of the Kapampangans.

Bilang lunsaran ng mga radikal na kaisipan, kamulatan sa mga usaping pambayan at mga pagkilos, ang pamana ng UP ay mistulang maliit na ningas ng apoy na unti-unting lumalagablab (As a platform for radical thoughts and eye-opening discussions, UP marks itself as a tiny blaze that continuously burns),” Chancellor Michael Tan said in his speech during Friday’s event.

The blazing lanterns surrounding the campus is the work of renowned visual artist Toym Imao whose carefully crafted handiwork transformed the Quezon Hall plaza into a sea of fire.

Imao, whose childhood memories include enjoying Christmas festivities in Pampanga, specifically avoided using common Christmas symbols to remind the UP community that the flames of critical thought and social awareness must be ignited all year round.

Instead of the using traditional star-shaped lanterns, 107 fireballs stand on the lush, green field in front of the Oblation. A gigantic parol shaped like a wild, uncontrollable fire rages behind the icon—the same fire that represents the role of the university’s students, the alumni, the professors and the institution itself in the nation.

“[It is] a spark of inspiration; a spark that creates movement, a spark that generates interest…a spark that lights up our passion,” Imao said.

As Aninag 2015 lit up the rest of the campus, UP welcomes the Christmas season by reigniting the passion within the hearts of the members of its community and encouraging them to continue illuminating the present darkness that veils the nation and challenging them to carry on to the society that flames of honor and excellence.  

UP exits season with loss to UE

“We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct.”

• Amar, Gallarza, Juruena finish Maroons tenure on sour note
• “We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct”

by John Remil Isaga

JR Gallarza, Mark Juruena, and Agustini Amar’s Palaban spirits still alive after ending their time playing for the Maroons with a loss to UE. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.
JR Gallarza, Mark Juruena, and Agustini Amar’s Palaban spirits still alive after ending their time playing for the Maroons with a loss to UE. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.

It was a bitter send-off to three Fighting Maroons—Agustini Amar, JR Gallarza and Mark Juruena– who played their last UAAP game as UP loss to scrappy UE Red Warriors, 67-79, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The three already maxed out their collegiate playing years donning the Maroon jersey.

UP’s rising star Paul Desiderio carried the Maroons all game long, finishing with a career-high 26 points, 14 coming off 17 free-throws. Henry Asilum chipped in 12 points, six coming from rainbow territory. Amar and Juruena combined for 15 points and 14 boards.

A balanced attack and relentless defense sealed the deal for the Warriors. Big man Clark Derige led his team with double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Varilla provided a late spark off the bench, finishing with 14, while captain Chris Javier provided 13 points and 6 boards.

Gallarza dove for loose balls and was efficient at clogging the UE’s fastbreak-oriented offense. Amar and Juruena drove hard to the basket getting easy shots for the Maroons. However, the Warriors retaliated and kept UP’s lead to one at the end of the first quarter.

Momentum shifted to UE at the start of the second with key baskets from Javier and Derige. Tensions ran high early on and technical fouls were called on Juruena and Javier for taunting each other.

The Maroons kept their composure as Juruena and Dave Moralde made steals and easy lay-ups to keep the game close. However, the Warriors closed out the half with 7 unanswered points as they led, 37-28.

The Warriors continued to pull away at the third through smart ball movement and shot selection, as opposed to the Maroons who relied heavily on isolation plays and resorted to tough, contested shots – a habit that has contributed heavily to their losses throughout the season.

UP tried to match UE’s fast-break game and barrelled through their feared full-court pressure defense, which resulted into multiple turnovers for the Diliman-based squad.

The Red Warriors took advantage and led by 15 with six minutes left in the third. Hustle plays by Juruena and Desiderio prevented the lead from ballooning uncontrollably, and a fast-break three by the former Batang Gilas swingman cut the deficit to eight with three minutes remaining.

UE’s guard Paul Varilla, however, continued to get and-one baskets and pushed the lead back to 14 at the end of the third.

UE continued to look for inside shots at the final canto while UP relied solely on Desiderio to create shots for the Maroons. Desiderio scored 11 of UP’s final 20 points.

Faced with an insurmountable lead with a minute remaining, head coach Rensy Bajar sent Amar, Gallarza and Juruena back into the game, letting them play for the last time as Fighting Maroons.

Amar was called for his fifth and final foul soon after, and he was cheered on by the crowd and hugged by his teammates as he exited the hardwood.

Coach Bajar said in an interview that he was still not satisfied with the team’s performance even after the Maroons finished with their best record in three seasons.

“Yung goal namin, hindi namin nakuha. But we’re happy na kahit papano ay may konting improvement. Kailangan lang talaga namin mahanap ang aming killer instinct (We weren’t able to achieve our goal but we’re happy with the improvement. We just need to find our killer instinct),” said the rookie coach.

Amar, meanwhile, was happy and content with the team’s direction moving forward, and was thankful that he was utilized well in his final season.

“Sobrang saya ko kasi nagamit ako this season (I was happy to play this season),” said the senior forward from the College of Engineering. “Mas maganda ang record namin at masaya ako na na-serve ko ang UP (We had better records and I’m glad to have served UP).”

Amar added he was very confident with the team he is leaving. “Alam ko na in the following seasons, kaya ng team na ‘to na mag-champion (I know that we can get to the championship in the following seasons).”

The Fighting Maroons end the season with a 3-11 win-loss card, tied for last place with Adamson University.

 

Scores:

UP (67) – Desiderio 26, Asilum 12, Amar 8, Juruena 7, Manuel 6, Moralde 4, Dario 2, Gallarza 2, Kone 0, Webb 0, Vito 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0.

UE (79) – Derige 18, Varilla, P. 14, Javier 13, De Leon 8, Varilla, J. 7, Yu 5, Palma 5, Batiller 3, Manalang 3, Gagate 2, Sta. Ana 1, Charcos 0.

Quarterscores: 18-17, 28-37, 47-61, 67-79

DLSU exacts revenge on UP in second round

by John Remil Isaga

Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer UP Fighting Maroons
Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers escaped a dangerous University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, eking out a 72-68 win in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

With this victory, the Taft-based squad tied defending champions National University with a 6-7 record in the battle for the last Final Four slot. While UP fell to 3-10, leading by a half game over Adamson University.

Jeron Teng led the DLSU pack with 20 points, while Paolo Rivero and Thomas Torres also gave the Archers a huge lift by combining for 29 points and 28 rebounds.

UP’s leading scorer Jett Manuel finished with a team-high 15 points but he blanked all his five attempts from three-point land. Dave Moralde also caught fire in this game, finishing with 14 points.

The Maroons were ice-cold from the opening tip. They finished the first quarter with just six points as they failed to convert their 14 attempts in the perimeter.

However, the Archers were caught off-guard at the second quarter, as the Maroons went on a 14-3 scoring spree to tear down their deficit to just one point at the half. A pair of three-pointers from Moralde and Pio Longa gave the UP faithful hope that their team could duplicate its remarkable 71-66 win during the first round.

UP continued its hot streak and extended their lead to four at the start of the third canto. However, the team was called for a technical foul when the DLSU coaching staff noticed that Longa wore the wrong team shorts.

Both teams then went back and forth with multiple field goals from an assortment of players which sent the coliseum rocking with deafening cheers. The Archers trailed by three at the end of the third, 49-52.

With their Final Four hopes on the line, the Archers went on a game-deciding 11-0 rally to put them up by nine, 69-60. UP trimmed down their deficit with a small 6-0 run but it wasn’t enough as a pair of charities from Teng put them away for good.

“We were aware that our last two games are very crucial,” said Teng after the game. “So I told myself and my teammates to take it one game at a time.”

UP will play its final game of the season against their first game victim University of the East Red Warriors next Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

Final Scores:

UP (68) – Manuel 15, Moralde 14, Desiderio 10, Dario 9, Longa 8, Amar 6, Kone 2, Vito 2, Gallarza 2, Juruena 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0

DLSU (72) – Teng 20, Rivero 18, Torres 11, Torralba 8, Caracut 7, Perkins 4, Muyang 2, Langston 2, Go 0

UP succumbs to NU; out of Final Four contention

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team.”

by Mikee Garcia

Diego Dario drives the ball past a wall of NU Bulldogs. Dario ties with Jett Manuel as UP’s highest scorers of the game. Photo by Anna Biala, TNP Photographer.

Hopes for a Final Four slot faded for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons after being outlasted by defending champions National University (NU) Bulldogs, 75-69, in their second round meeting in UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

The Diliman-based squad fell to 3-9 record at seventh spot while the Sampaloc-based team kept their Final Four aspirations alive, improving to a 6-7 record.

Head Coach Rensy Bajar pinpointed the team’s failure of maintaining their lead in the first half to the team’s lackluster performance in the third quarter.

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team,” said Bajar.

UP had good looks in the basket and forced their opponents to costly turnovers throughout the first quarter, posting a five-point lead at the end of it with a score of 18-13.

But NU tallied a 9-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to grab the lead, 22-18. Although UP assured to have the lead before the end of the first half as Jett Manuel and Diego Dario scored buckets in the final minute going to half-time, 31-28.

At the third canto, the Maroons kept their scoring pace in the first five minutes as team captain JR Gallarza and Agustini Amar drained their shots to tie the game at 38 all. They, however, failed to score in the next three minutes as the Bulldogs posted their biggest lead at 12 with a score of 52-40.

It was a tight game at the final quarter for both teams as UP trimmed the lead of NU to three, 60-63, courtesy of a fastbreak play from Henry Asilum. But NU’s top scorer Gelo Alolino fired up as he scored nine of his 26 points in the succeeding plays to secure the win for the Bulldogs.

Manuel, who led the Maroons with 13 points, was not impressed by his personal performance.

“I feel [honestly] frustrated. It’s hard for me to think that I performed well and then ending up with a loss,” he said. “I’d rather perform well and end up with a win.”

As one of the veterans in the team, Manuel was optimistic that the Maroons will play all out in their last two games even they are already out of the Final Four contention.

“Right now, we are still keeping the mindset that we want to improve our record. Even if we feel that we’re out of the play-offs already, it’s still no excuse to think that that’s it already because it’s going to reverse everything that we’ve been working for the whole season,” he added.

The Maroons will have a tough assignment in their next game when they face De La Salle University Green Archers, whom they defeated in the first round, on Wednesday still at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 

Scores:

NU (75) — Alolino 26, Aroga 15, Neypes 7, Celda 7, Salim 6, Alejandro 4, Javillonar 3, Yu 3, Javelona 2, Morido 2, Diputado 0, Abatayo 0.

UP (69) — Manuel 13, Dario 13, Desiderio 10, Amar 9, Kone 6, Moralde 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 4, Harris 2, Lim  2, Longa 2, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18, 28-31, 52-42, 75-69.

UP falls flat to Ateneo in Battle of Katipunan

by John Remil Isaga

UP falls again to Ateneo in second Battle of Katipunan uaap 78 men's basketballl fighting maroons blue eagles tinig ng plaridelAteneo de Manila University proved to be the better basketball team in Katipunan Avenue by downing neighbor University of the Philippines, 74-65, in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

The Blue Eagles have an 8-4 win-loss slate which solidified their hold at the third spot of the team standings. While the Fighting Maroons fell to 3-8, although their chance for a Final Four slot is still alive.

Kiefer Ravena powered Ateneo’s win with 16 points while reserve Adrian Wong became the unlikely star for them with 14 markers, nine of which came from the three-point area.

Questionable shot selection ultimately contributed to UP’s demise at the hands of Ateneo. While starters Diego Dario, Agustini Amar and Jett Manuel combined for 34 points for the Maroons, the trio made 40 shots and converted just 12 of it.

Former Batang Gilas swingman Paul Desiderio finished with just eight points off 11 attempts and failed to sink all six of his free-throws.

UP shot a horrendous 33 percent from the field and nine percent from deep compared to Ateneo’s 51 percent and 44 percent from those respective categories.

The streaking Eagles started hot off the gate, busting out a 22-7 run in the first 15 minutes to gain a 29-16 advantage over the Diliman-based cagers.

The Maroons just couldn’t seem to find a good rhythm, finishing the second quarter with a disappointing 1/11 clip from downtown. Ravena and Arvin Tolentino led the way for Ateneo, combining for 18 points and a perfect 4/4 from three-point range.

Momentum shifted to the Maroons at the start of the second half. Through hustle plays from Desiderio who went scoreless at the first two periods, UP chipped away at the deficit and outscored Ateneo, 18-9, at the end of the third.

The Eagles were not intimidated, however, and unleashed a 12-3 run at the start of the final canto, stretching the lead back to 19. UP hustled for rebounds and good shots down the stretch but didn’t do enough to cover for their dismal shooting throughout the game.

“It was a bad start for us…sobrang bad start,” said Dario after the game. “We did a good job coming back but we fell short at the end.”

Dario added that as a young team, they still have to learn more in terms of strategies and game decisions.

“There’s always something we can learn after a game, manalo o matalo, so we just have to look at that,” added Dario, who led the Diliman-based cagers in scoring with 13 points.

The Fighting Maroons look to upset the defending champions National University Bulldogs, a team clawing their way back to title contention, this Sunday, 11 a.m., at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

The Scores:

ADMU (74)  – Ravena 16, Wong 14, Tolentino A 8, Gotladera 6, Ikeh 6, Nieto 5, Pessumal 5, Babilonia 4, Capacio 4, Black 2, Tolentino V 2, Go 2

UP (65) – Dario 13, Amar 11, Manuel 10, Desiderio 8, Kone 7, Harris 4, Moralde 4, Vito 4, Gallarza 2, Lim 2, Asilum 0, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Longa 0

Quarter scores: 19-11, 45-26, 54-44, 74-65

UP snaps five-game slide with win over Adamson

by John Remil Isaga

File Photo. Henry Asilum recorded a game-high 19 points to help his team end their five-game losing streak. Photo by Hannah Paguila.
File Photo. Henry Asilum recorded a game-high 19 points to help the UP Fighting Maroons end the team’s five-game losing streak. Photo by Hannah Paguila.

The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons exacted revenge against first round tormentor Adamson University Soaring Falcons by tallying a 89-84 win to start the second round of the UAAP season 78 men’s basketball wars on a positive note at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday.

After a five-game losing streak, the struggling Maroons scored their way back on the win column with balanced offense all throughout. It was their third win against five losses to climb at sixth place of the team standings.

Henry Asilum led all players in scoring by recording 19 points, nine of which came from the three-point area. Starters Jett Manuel, Diego Dario and Agustini Amar provided him help with 16, 14 and 13 markers, respectively.

Reinforcement Papi Sarr finished with a double-double effort for Adamson notching 18 points and 17 boards. Interestingly, 16 of his points came from the free-throw line. Jerome Garcia added only 12 points, far from his 26-point outing in their last battle last Sunday which they won, 73-68.  

The game was an all-out offensive showcase from the opening tip. Both teams caught fire early in the ball game through crisp ball movement and smart shot selection.

While the game’s pace slowed considerably down the stretch, both squads combined for 173 points, the highest total of any game this season.

Scrappy defense also played a big part for UP as they forced Adamson to commit 33 turnovers.  

However, they also exposed their tendency to be too aggressive defensively. The Diliman-based cagers gave up 37 team fouls, allowing their opponents to score 33 points on 45 attempts from the charity stripe.

UP Coach Rensy Bajar gave his thoughts on the foul issues, saying, “Di ko na rin masisi yung referees (I can’t blame the referees). I guess we were a bit greedy. Every time we were on the defensive side, we always wanted the ball. Siguro part na rin yun ng discipline namin na kailangang i-improve (I think this sends a message to improve our discipline [as a team]).”

Physicality and tensions went high in the last quarter, as the Falcons pulled to within five at one point, 76-71. Injuries soon piled up the Maroons as Dario saw blood flowing from his nape area after a stray elbow from an Adamson player.

Minutes later, Asilum went down from an inadvertent knee by Adamson point guard Harold Ng to the groin. Amar was benched moments later from an apparent thigh strain and did not return.

When asked whether these consecutive injuries unsettled the team, Bajar said, “Di naman mawawala yung kaba (The nerves will always be present). But our players are tough. Matatapang sila (They are determined).”

The Soaring Falcons remained at the bottom of the team standings with their 1-7 record.

UP will face the FEU Tamaraws next on Wednesday, 4 P.M., at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

The Scores:

UP 89 – Asilum 19, Manuel 16, Dario 14, Amar 13, Desiderio 8, Longa 8, Juruena 7, Moralde 2, Harris 2, Kone 0, Jaboneta 0, Vito 0, Lim 0

ADAMSON 84 – Sarr 18, Garcia J 12, Margallo 11, Nalos 8, Ng 8, Capote 7, Tungcab 5, Garcia C 5, Escalambre 5, Polican 3, Ochea 2, Camacho 0

Quarterscores: 19-16, 44-36, 68-56, 89-84

UP continues slump; drops third game against NU

by Jason Mercene

Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.
Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.

After starting their Season 78 campaign on the right foot, the University of the Philippines (UP) absorbed its third straight setback against Season 77 defending champions National University (NU), 52-68, in the UAAP men’s basketball wars at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday.

Jett Manuel paced the Diliman-based squad with 16 markers while Paul Desiderio contributed for 10 points and six boards off the bench.

The Maroons started the season with a 2-0 record, tallying back-to-back wins against University of the East and De La Salle University. They fell short, however, in their next three games against University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and now NU.

“They prepared for us,” said Manuel when asked about the defensive set displayed by NU.

Manuel added, “Coach Eric (Altamirano) is really a good coach, he prepares for all the teams,” referring to the Bulldogs head coach.

With UP down by just one midway in the second quarter, NU’s Gelo Alolino caught fire as he knocked four consecutive treys to erect a commanding 11-point lead going to halftime, 27-38.

Alolino led the Sampaloc-based team in scoring, finishing with 16 points.

The Fighting Maroons managed to trim the Bulldogs’ lead to eight entering the final canto, 43-51. But Alfred Aroga nailed back-to-back jumpers to spearhead an 8-0 bomb, as the Bulldogs pulled away and kept the Maroons at bay for good.

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Cameroonian Aroga who stands 6’7 proved to be too much for the Maroons as he registered double-double figures with 12 points and 22 rebounds.

“We knew coming into this game, it will be a defensive game, knowing UP plays a very good defense,” said Altamirano as his squad improved to 3-3 after losing its first three games.

He added, “I think all throughout the game we were consistent on our defense, we were able to lockdown their shooters.”

While both squads shot below 40 percent, NU was more aggressive in the free-throw line. They made 21 out of 30 charities against UP’s 8 out of 14.

“One game at a time,” said Manuel as the Maroons will set their eyes on their last two assignments in the first round. “We’re learning right now, and we have to move on quick to the next game against Ateneo.”

UP will try to snap their losing skid against the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

The scores:

NU (68) — Alolino 16, Aroga 12, Salim 9, Tansingco 9, Neypes 7, Javelona 6, Diputado 4, Alejandro 2, Celda 2, Abatayo 1, Javillonar 0, Yu 0.

UP (52) — Manuel 16, Desiderio 10, Dario 8, Lim 5, Asilum 4, Gallarza 2, Jaboneta 2, Longa 2, Moralde 2, Amar 1, Harris 0, Juruena 0, Kone 0, Prado 0, Vito 0.

Quarter scores: 19-12; 38-27; 51-43; 68-52

UP scores twin victories in UAAP Badminton wars

The University of the Philippines (UP) badminton squads posted victories in Day 4 of the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Saturday.

by Luisa Morales

Photo: Tinig ng Plaridel
Photo: Tinig ng Plaridel

The University of the Philippines (UP) badminton squads posted victories in Day 4 of the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Saturday.

Early in the day, the Diliman-based men’s shuttlers escaped with a 3-2 win against a fancied University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers.

Miggy Leonardo opened the match in favor of UP with a tight three-set win against Paul Pantig of UST, 21-16, 16-21, 21-17.

Alcaed Sabanal of the Golden Shuttlers exacted revenge in the second match, winning against Maroon Jojo Malelang in three sets too, 21-9, 7-21, 21-18.

In doubles’ action, the Espana-based duo of Pantig and Edward Reyes swept past the tandem of CK Clemente and Joaquin Deato, 21-16, 21-11, to give a 2-1 lead to UST.

However, the Diliman-based tandem of Vinci Manuel and Roberto Pineda denied the win for the Golden Shuttlers as they tallied a three-set win over the duo of Mark Sotea and Kristian Barrios, 22-20, 20-22, 21-11. UP tied the game to 2-2.

Joseph Lopez sealed the tie for the Maroons by outpointing Edward Reyes in straight sets, 23-21, 21-13.

With this result, UP and UST have both tied its overall win-loss record with two apiece.

In women’s action, Season 77 titlists Lady Maroons flashed their dominance by disposing Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, 5-0.

UP unleashed its form in the first match as Bea Bernardo outlasts AdU’s Mikaela Aquino in straight sets, 21-15, 21-5.

Last year’s top rookie Mary Ann Maranon gave the Lady Maroons their second match win by dominating Clydel Pada again in straight sets, 21-9, 21-10.

In doubles’ play, the tandem of Diliman-based shuttlers Jessie Francisco and Lea Inlayo outpointed the San Marcelino-based duo of Christine Garin and Margarita Villacorta, 21-8, 21-10.

The Falcons once again bowed down to the Maroons as UP’s Bernardo and Elisha Ongcuangco took the match against AdU’s Aquino and Pada, 21-15, 21-12.

Ann Jeline Masongsong closed the match by sweeping Lady Falcon Christine Garin, 21-19, 21-10, to give UP a 4-0 record in the overall team standings.

This article was originally published on the Tinig ng Plaridel Facebook page.

 

 

Maroons finish 2nd in Men’s football, take special awards

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

The Maroon Booters, who played in the finals without ace striker Jinggoy Valmayor due to a red card penalty, lost in their last two finals appearances after conceding the crown last season to Ateneo de Manila University.

FEU striker Jes Melliza scored the lone goal of the match after converting a header in the 71st minute.

Despite the painful loss for the Maroon Booters, Ace Villanueva was hailed as the league’s Best Goalkeeper while Patxi Santos was named as the league’s Rookie of the Year.

“The team fought [sic] hard till the end. Congratulations FEU for winning the championship!” Valmayor tweeted.

“Thank you UP community for supporting us this season! Next year ulit!” he added.

UP Women’s chess team repeats at 2nd place; Men’s improves to 6th

The women’s squad dropped their last assignment to four-peat champions De La Salle University, 2.5-1.5, but still ranked second after securing enough margin against eventual third placers Far Eastern University going into the final round.

by Raphael Rayco

The University of the Philippines Women’s team duplicated their Season 75 performance by finishing at second place in the UAAP Chess Tournament Season 76 Sunday at Enrique Razon Sports Complex.

The women’s squad dropped their last assignment to four-peat champions De La Salle University, 2.5-1.5, but still ranked second after securing enough margin against eventual third placers Far Eastern University going into the final round.

DLSU notched the MVP award this season courtesy of national team mainstay Jan Jodilyn Fronda. Another Lady Archer took the Rookie of the Year award with Bernadette Galas.

Season 75 MVP Christy Bernales, Roxanne Atayde, and rookie Aubrey Ruth De Guzman each won silver medals on Boards 1, 2, and 6, respectively. Team captain Joanna Vanessa Barbosa closed out with the bronze medal on Board 4 while Arvie Lozano ended up fourth on Board 3.

The Men’s Team meanwhile improved from a dismal eighth place finish last season by securing the sixth spot this year. They were already locked at sixth after the results of the penultimate round.

The Maroons displayed a gutsy final round performance after Board 1 Claudio Olar, Jr. delivered an upset to Season 75 MVP Timothy So Kua of the University of Santo Tomas, before losing to the Tigers 1.5-2.5 in the last round.

John Edison Ubaldo of the UP men’s team, though, received the individual gold medal on Board 6 while Paulo Cristobal finished at fourth on Board 4.

FEU retook the championship they held for six years before UST dethroned them last season. Adamson University soared high at second while DLSU completed the top three in the men’s division, eclipsing the defending champions by just half a point.

FEU’s Kevin Mirano was announced as the Season MVP while National University standout Austin Jacob Literatus seized the Rookie of the year award.

Maroons bag silver in Men’s Tennis

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

by Luis Miguel Miclat

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

The Maroons, who finished fourth last season, ended a 13-year finals appearance drought after placing second in the elimination round. UP posted eight wins and two losses, both against the Bulldogs who touted an immaculate 10-0 record.

“It’s not bad,” said UP Coach Junjie Guadayo of their runner-up finish. “Kahit na talo tayo sa finals, we fought hard.”

Things looked promising for UP early on as Rookie of the Year Jurence Mendoza maintained his undefeated streak, thrashing NU’s Dheo Talatayod in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

The Bulldogs quickly countered as Michael Madrio and Jigo Peña dispatched UP’s Ique Ferrer and Angelo Esguerra in doubles, 6-2, 6-2.

NU sustained momentum as Leander Lazaro schooled Joshua Miranda, 6-2, 6-2, to pull ahead 2-1, one match away from retaining their crown.

But UP foiled their plans as Maroon duo Franklin Encarnacion and Gabby Guiterrez slipped past NU’s Al-Khady Jainul-Jeric Accion duo in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, to set the stage for the deciding match.

Season 76 Most Valuable Player Fritz Verdad then showed his might to carry the Bulldogs into their second championship, hammering Maroon’s Joshua Cano, 6-2, 6-0.