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Ravena, Bolick headline All-Collegiate Team

May 25, 2019 - 3:08 PM

This season’s top 5 collegiate basketball players come from 4 different schools

SEASON’S BEST. Varsity stars (from left) Perpetual’s Prince Eze, UP’s Bright Akhuetie, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, San Beda’s Robert Bolick, and UP’s Paul Desiderio deliver highlight reel-worthy performances this season.

NBTC: Ababou's Team Dedication cops Division 2 All-Star title

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Dylan Ababou's Team Dedication tops Paul Desiderio's Team Passion in the NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game

TOPNOTCH. Mctroi Crisostomo of Holy Trinity College-General Santos bags the Most Outstanding Plaeyer award. Photo from NBTC

Rookie Desiderio to have long PBA career, says Blackwater coach

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Bong Ramos is impressed with the former UP Fighting Maroon's heart and willingness to play on the defensive end

ROOKIE NERVES. Paul Desiderio is just shy to take his shots, says Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos. Photo from PBA Images


LOOK: Paul Desiderio gets his own Chooks-to-go branch

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Despite not winning the UAAP championship, Chooks-to-Go gifts Paul Desiderio a franchise

REWARD. Chooks-to-Go still awards Paul Desiderio his very own branch that will be with him for the rest of his life. Photo from release

It's official: NLEX gets Erram in 3-team trade involving Desiderio, Tratter

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Road Warriors get a quality big man who is a consistent double-double machine and a proven two-way player

NEW TEAMS. Paul Desiderio (left) and Abu Tratter (right) have been shipped from NLEX to Blackwater for Poy Erram. Photos from PBA Images


Desiderio raring to play amid trade rumors: 'Kahit saan mapunta'

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Whether or not Paul Desiderio stays with NLEX, the former UP star is all set to bring that fighting heart to the pros

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Paul Desiderio joins 2018 PBA Draft

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Aside from highlighting his season with clutch performances, the 21-year-old guard is coming off a historic UAAP Finals stint with the UP Fighting Maroons

ON TO THE NEXT. Paul Desiderio moves up to the next level. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


#AtinTo: Paul Desiderio leaves winning legacy in U.P. farewell

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

What started as an unscripted, impassioned rallying cry turned into a passion-filled season that couldn’t have been scripted any better

ONE LAST TIME. Paul Desiderio bids farewell to the UP community after the Fighting Maroons’ magical run. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Desiderio game-winner: Unplanned, all heart

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Mr. Atin 'To' hits the game-clinching basket that propels the UP Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 32 years

#AtinTwo. Paul Desiderio goes beyond the odds just for UP's glory. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Atin 'to: Paul Desiderio thrills U.P. faithful yet again

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:57 PM

With 5.5 ticks left in the game, Paul Desiderio sinks a clutch basket to keep the UP Maroons in the thick of the fight

'ATIN TO'. Paul Desiderio captains his team to the win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paul Desiderio nearly missed the Maroons' historic moment

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Napakasarap na nag-start ako ng 0-14 tapos ngayon Final Four, may chance pa mag Finals,' says the veteran UP guard

LONG JOURNEY. Paul Desiderio relishes his roller-coaster ride with the Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Under Perasol, UP finds 'winning culture'

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:53 PM

UP veteran Paul Desiderio says coach Bo Perasol transformed the Maroons' program

FINAL YEAR. Paul Desiderio is graduating with his best season of the UP Fighting Fighting Maroons since 2004. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

After career-high show, Desiderio wants winning sendoff

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The UP Maroons veteran finally finds his mark when it mattered most

LAST HURRAH. UP’s Paul Desiderio hopes to wrap up his collegiate career on a high note. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP Fighting Maroons wanted a win for suspended Perasol

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Maroons had hoped to bounce back for head coach Bo Perasol, who served his one-game suspension

STEP UP. Javi Gomez de Liano comes off the team to lead the team with 15 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PBA D-League: Desiderio-Dennison duo delivers

Aug 25, 2018 - 5:55 PM

After seven years, Cebuano friends Paul Desiderio and Ron Dennison team up for another championship

Paul Desiderio delivers as Go for Gold takes 2-1 lead

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The Scratchers move within a win of the PBA D-League crown after the UP standout's clutch plays

END-GAME HERO. Paul Desiderio (right) finds a way to tow Go for Gold past Che’Lu in Game 3 of the finals. Photo from PBA Images

Perasol always ready to lend UP stars Desiderio, Gomez de Liaño to Gilas

May 07, 2018 - 6:31 PM

It's more important to serve the country first, said the Fighting Maroons head coach

DOULE DUTY. Juan Gomez de Liaño (left) and Paul Desiderio play for both the UP Fighting Maroons and the Gilas cadets in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Desiderio impresses in D-League debut, though Go For Gold still loses

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Paul Desiderio finishes with 15 points, two rebounds and two blocks for Go For Gold

DEBUT. Paul Desiderio scores 15 points in his first game for Gold For Gold in the PBA D-League. Photo by PBA Images


Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena banner '23 for 23' Gilas pool roster

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The list is 'by no means final' but if Gilas sticks with all players, no one on the national team roster would be older than 30 in 2023

YOUNG GUNS. The next version of the national team could be led by rising youngsters Thirdy Ravena, Robert Bolick and Kobe Paras. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Isaac Go channels inner Desiderio in Ateneo's OT thriller against FEU

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Isaac Go's heroics for Ateneo redeem his missed opportunity vs La Salle in the second round

'ATIN ITO'. Isaac Go's winning mentality in the game helped surrender the victory to the Blue Eagles. Photo by Zach Garcia/The GUIDON Sports

Desiderio gets last laugh on good friend Dennison: 'Ako naman yung Dennison stopper'

Oct 28, 2017 - 10:36 PM

Paul Desiderio never stopped shooting despite struggling from the field, and his persistence paid off with a game-winning 3-pointer

FRIENDLY RIVALRY. In their final meeting in college, Paul Desiderio turns the tables on Ron Dennison. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

In redemption win, 6-foot-7 small forward Mbala shuts down Desiderio

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Ben Mbala has a field day against UP's star player, registering 27 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 28 minutes

MISMATCH. Ben Mbala switched to the small forward position to shut down Paul Desiderio, who managed just 7 points on 2-of-13 shooting. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New hairdos can't stop UP Fighting Maroons downward spiral

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:36 PM

From ranking as high as second place, the UP Fighting Maroons have dipped to sixth place

LOSING STREAK. The UP Fighting Maroons had fewer bright spots than Paul Desiderio's hair in their loss to the NU Bulldogs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP Weekly wRap – Ateneo’s Ikeh, La Salle show off ahead of anticipated clash

Oct 03, 2017 - 9:18 PM

Blue Eagle Ikeh and the Green Archers are last week's UAAP studs

2/2 THREES. Ikeh had a stunning performance in Ateneo's game against NU highlighted by his 100% 3-pt shooting. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

‘Desiderio stopper’ Dennison: ‘Kanina umaarte na naman siya, pero di ko siya pinagbigyan’

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Ron Dennison gets a measure of revenge after he was suspended last season for a blow to Paul Desiderio's midsection which may or may not have made contact

SHUT HIM DOWN. FEU's Ron Dennison limited UP team captain Paul Desiderio to just 9 points in a blowout win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP Weekly wRap – UP stuns champions as UST freefalls anew

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Paul Desiderio and the UP Fighting Maroons are the studs of UAAP this week

STUD. Paul Desiderio establishes a new career-high 30 points on a 6/10 clip from downtown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP wRap: Desiderio, La Salle rule the roost

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:14 PM

DLSU wins its season opener without Ben Mbala Ateneo beats an Adamson squad that was lacking Papi Sarr and Paul Desiderio calls his game winner

WINNING WAYS. Aldin Ayo's Green Archers were dominant in their Season 80 opener. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New King Maroon Paul Desiderio takes charge

Sep 10, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With the game on the line Desiderio shows leadership quality just when the team needed it most

UP FIGHT. During the timeout leading into the game-winner, Paul Desiderio told coach Bo Perasol his shot would go in. Despite a lack of accuracy earlier, he was right. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mbala to be named UAAP MVP; Melecio Rookie of the Year

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:14 PM

DLSU s Ben Mbala clinches the honor with 92 4286 statistical points and averages of 20 6 points 16 rebounds and 2 4 blocks in the elimination round

MVP. Ben Mbala is the UAAP Season 79 Most Valuable Player. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle’s Mbala wins UAAP MVP award

Nov 18, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Mbala averages a league leading 20 6 points and 16 0 rebounds a game

Photo by Josh Abelda/Rappler

Racela: UAAP commish should review DQ foul on Dennison

Sep 25, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Ron Dennison is automatically suspended for FEU s next game against UST after he is called for a disqualifying foul after apparently hitting UP s Paul Desiderio

EJECTED, SUSPENDED. FEU's Ron Dennison walks out of the court after he is thrown out in the game against UP. He is also suspended for one game for his disqualifying foul. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler \

UP Maroons clears the air around Desiderio’s comments before UST game

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:07 PM

‘Paul’s a good teammate good person and honestly we got even closer after that thing’

UAAP 78 Preview: UP Fighting Maroons

Aug 30, 2015 - 8:47 PM

The Maroons have another blank canvas to work with in Season 78 Will change finally happen this year?

WATCH: UAAP players try Pinoy tongue twisters

Aug 25, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Will your favorite players get a slam dunk on their pronunciation?

Batang Gilas drops Kazakhstan to contend for 5th place

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Paul Desiderio scatters 19 points to help Gilas beat Kazakhstan and stay in the hunt for a 5th place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championships

DECISIVE DRIVE. Paul Desiderio attacks the basket despite the presence of Kazakhstan's defense. Photo by Milad Payami/FIBA Asia

Batang Gilas bows to Chinese Taipei in FIBA Asia U18 quarters

Aug 27, 2014 - 12:44 AM

Mark Dyke led Batang Gilas with 26 points and 13 rebounds but it wasn t enough as Chinese Taipei relegated the Philippines to the battle for 5th place

Ssu Han Tu of Chinese Taipei rises to the hoop. Photo from FIBA Asia

Batang Gilas bows to China in 42-point blowout

Aug 24, 2014 - 2:53 AM

China earned some measure of payback after the heartbreaking one point loss to Gilas Pilipinas last July as its under 18 squad thrashed Batang Gilas in the FIBA Asia Under 18 Championship

GROWING PAINS. Kobe Paras of Batang Gilas loses control of the ball in the post against a Chinese player. Photo from FIBA Asia

Late heroics push Batang Gilas to comeback win over Qatar

Aug 23, 2014 - 12:52 AM

Batang Gilas overcame a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat host nation Qatar in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship

PUSONG PILIPINAS. Batang Gilas came-from-behind to beat the host nation. Photo from FIBA Asia

Batang Gilas falls to South Korea in FIBA Asia U18

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:48 PM

After opening their 2014 FIBA Asia U 18 Championship campaign with a resounding 85 60 win over Jordan Batang Gilas found themselves on the losing end against Korea

BLOCKED. Korea's Kyungwon Kim (L) stops a shot by Philippines' Manuel Mosqueda (R). Photo by Milad Payami/FIBA Asia

Batang Gilas finishes FIBA U-17 tournament with 64-point win over UAE

Aug 17, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Batang Gilas exorcised their frustrations after consecutive losses by blowing out host nation United Arab Emirates to finish the tournament in 15th place

Batang Gilas avoided a last place finish by dismantling UAE. Photo from FIBA U17's Facebook

Batang Gilas drops opening game against Angola

Aug 09, 2014 - 12:20 AM

The Batang Gilas national youth team came up short in their first game in the FIBA Under 17 World Championship against Angola

Batang Gilas fell short in their first game of the tournament. Photo from FIBA U17's Facebook

Filoil squads test PH U-18 national team's mettle

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Before engaging against the best young guns in Asia and possibly the world the PH Youth U 18 national team will have to go up against tough opposition first in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup

FILOIL TUNEUP. Thirdy Ravena and the rest of the PH Youth U-18 nationals will face tough domestic challenges before playing abroad. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Philippines joins USA in Group A of FIBA U17 Championship draw

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:15 PM

FIBA completed its draw for 16 participating teams in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship with Team Philippines being placed in Group A alongside Team USA

THE NEXT GENERATION. Team Philippine members in order: Mike Nieto, Prince Rivero, Jolo Mendoza, and Paul Desiderio. Photos from their Facebook accounts