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From Team B to champion: Asistio completes long Ateneo journey

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Anton Asistio may have had his share of team struggles, but Ateneo's lone graduating player won't have it any other way

A FIGHTER. Anton Asistio defies the odds to become one of the best players in the two-peat champion crop of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Bright Akhuetie: No basketball, for now

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:12 AM

After a historic yet grueling UAAP season, the UP star just wants to ‘get lost in the province and hide from the world’

TIME OUT. After a stellar season, Bright Akhuetie turns his attention to studying and getting a much deserved break. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Why Thirdy Ravena had 'Javi V' written on his arm

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Javi reminded me to just enjoy the game. I’m pretty sure I had the best game of my life,' Thirdy Ravena says of his late friend

FOR JAVI. Thirdy Ravena reveals that he is inspired by his dream of Javi Villareal. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tab: Back-to-back no comparison to Black's 5-peat 'mountain'

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says his back-to-back title romp looks like just 'a little bump' compared to Norman Black's string of UAAP crowns

TWO-PEAT. The Ateneo Blue Eagles nab their second straight UAAP men's basketball title. 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

Kiefer: Thirdy now the better Ravena

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

For now, at least, Kiefer admits his younger brother Thirdy owns the 'better Ravena' title after a sensational UAAP Finals showing

KING EAGLES. Thirdy (left) and Kiefer Ravena each own two UAAP championships and two MVP awards. Photo from Instagram (@3rd_e)

Hurting, U.P.? Good, it means you’ve made it

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:41 AM

As heartbreaking as it is, don’t get over the memory of watching another team celebrate a championship because, UP, one day it will be you who watches the confetti drop from the heavens

HEARTBREAK. The UP Fighting Maroons’ magical run comes to a painful end, but looking ahead, it may just be all worth it. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kouame: ‘I want 4 more championships’

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:19 AM

After getting a taste of his first UAAP championship, Ateneo's Angelo Kouame just wants more of it

ON TOP. Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame (back row, center) has 4 more years to help the Blue Eagles whip up more championship celebrations. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

In team-first system, Thirdy still on top

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:39 AM

Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles show yet again why they're the kings of UAAP men’s basketball

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After Ateneo win, Grab offers free rides to Katipunan

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:05 PM

Grab Philippines is offering free rides to and from Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines

FREE RIDES. Grab is offering free rides up to P250 to and from Katipunan after the #BattleofKatipunan for UAAP Season 81 men's basketball. Photo from Grab Philippines

From quirky cheers to diehard dogs, UAAP fans up their game

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

There's no lack of team spirit among fans, and some pets, during the UAAP Finals Game 2 clash between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons

'Fighting till the end': Netizens laud UP Maroons despite Game 2 loss

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Many posts express great pride in the Maroons for coming so far after so long and instilling hope in the UP community

Ateneo wrecks U.P., clinches back-to-back UAAP titles

Dec 05, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Thirdy Ravena erupts for 38 points as a solid Blue Eagles crew completes a 2-0 sweep of the Maroons to bag the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball crown

UNSTOPPABLE. Thirdy Ravena and Angelo Kouame play hero in the Blue Eagles' title romp against the Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Akhuetie tops UAAP Season 81 individual awards

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:26 PM

UP's Bright Akhuetie makes sure to celebrate this season's top individual award with the rest of the Fighting Maroons

Photo byMichael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: Fans compare UP Fighting Maroons to Slam Dunk's Shohoku

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Do you agree with the comparison between the UP men's basketball team and Slam Dunk's Shohoku?

Still perfect: NU Lady Bulldogs bag 5th straight UAAP crown

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:17 PM

National University completes another perfect season in UAAP women's basketball to stay unbeaten in a record 80 games in 5 years

SENSATIONAL. Finals MVP Jack Animam drops a double-double to power the Lady Bulldogs to another title. Photo by Joaqui Flores

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:53 PM

It's now or never for the UP Fighting Maroons as the Ateneo Blue Eagles look to sweep the series for a second straight UAAP championship

BIG BATTLE. UP’S Bright Akhuetie and Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame will again be at the forefront of the title showdown. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'Maling Akala?' Ely Buendia denies rumored Eraserheads 'reunion' during UAAP finals

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Ely Buendia says the band isn't getting back together for the UAAP finals, much to fans' dismay

LOOK: A guide to U.P.'s live screening venues for UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:07 PM

UP Manila cancels classes, while the Diliman campus sets up viewing areas for Game 2 of the Finals between the Fighting Maroons and Blue Eagles

SOLIDARITY. UP Fighting Maroons fans can gather at the Sunken Garden for another live screening of their UAAP Finals match against Ateneo. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Perasol: UP 'can’t sleep' on defense, needs sharper endgame

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'If I can show them that we can hold on to our focus up to the end, we will still have a chance against them. With a team like Ateneo, you can’t sleep,' says UP head coach Bo Perasol

POSITIVE TAKEAWAY. UP head coach Bo Perasol is banking on the fact that the Fighting Maroons could keep up with Ateneo despite the loss. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Will Ateneo cruise to its second straight championship or can UP force another crucial do-or-die game this season?

The real Matt Nieto shows up

Dec 04, 2018 - 1:18 PM

It may have taken a while, but it’s safe to say that the Matt Nieto we know finally returned

MAIN PLAYMAKER. Matt Nieto unconsciously takes up scoring duties to lift Ateneo to a Game 1 win in the best-of-three Finals series. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo not affected by raucous U.P. crowd

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The Blue Eagles expect diehard UP fans to come in droves as the Fighting Maroons try to spoil their bid for a second straight UAAP championship

UNWAVERING. Matt Nieto keeps his composure to lead the Ateneo Blue Eagles past the Fighting Maroons with their 6th man. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

U.P. Board of Regents withdraws recommendation to reappoint Spocky Farolan

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Whatever his motives may have been, there is no excuse for sowing fear and confusion,' says the UP Board of Regents, following Spocky Farolan's post threatening the Ateneo Blue Eagles

8 more UAAP Finals ticket scalpers arrested

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Police have now nabbed a total of 17 scalpers selling UAAP Finals tickets at 5 to 10 times their original prices

Photos from Shutterstock


U.P. community calls on regent to resign following controversial UAAP post

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:01 AM

They say his behavior is unbecoming of a UP official and is not representative of the principles the state university upholds

U.P. disowns regent Spocky Farolan's post vs Ateneo players

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:42 AM

'They do not in any way represent the values of the University,' University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion says of regent Spocky Farolan's post

VIOLENCE-FREE. UP President Danilo Concepcion emphasizes that the state university upholds the value of sportsmanship. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: Ateneans camp out overnight for Ateneo-U.P. Finals Game 2 tickets

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:21 AM

They're camping out overnight until ticket booths open at 6 am on Monday, December 3

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Bright Akhuetie cleared from major injury

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:48 PM

UP big man Bright Akhuetie has been cleared from a potentially major leg injury but remains under observation

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: U.P. official threatens safety of Ateneo Blue Eagles

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:57 PM

In a Facebook post, UP Board of Regents member Frederick ‘Spocky’ Farolan suggests that 3 Blue Eagles will be injured but later counters that it's all sarcasm

9 UAAP Finals ticket scalpers arrested

Dec 02, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Pasay City police round up the scalpers at the Mall of Asia Arena before Game 1 of the UAAP Finals between Ateneo and the University of the Philippines

ARRESTED. The Pasay police will continue to crack down on ticket scalpers. Photo from NCRPO

Manzo: 'Hungry' Maroons to get even

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:29 PM

After a career-high performance, UP point guard Jun Manzo praises his teammates for standing their ground against a heavy favorite like Ateneo

UP vs ADMU Dec 1. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo gives U.P. a lesson on UAAP’s biggest stage

Dec 02, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Like a big brother, Ateneo plays the role of teaching a soon-to-be star what it takes to have all the glory

CHAMPIONSHIP POISE. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles find the perfect moment to flip the switch against the UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Abroad or on the road, people go to great lengths to witness UAAP Finals game

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:40 PM

People in buses, campuses, malls, and places abroad tune in to watch Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Finals

Kouame: Bright incident not intentional

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:51 PM

'People can get mad, but it wasn't intentional. I didn't know what really happened. I'm really sorry about that,' says Ateneo big man Angelo Kouame

'I'M SORRY'. Angelo Kouame apologizes to Bright Akhuetie for the accident. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tab Baldwin: 'We didn't want U.P. in the Finals'

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Ateneo's head tactician admits the UP Fighting Maroons have really become a tough opponent

DISAPPOINTED. Tab Baldwin and the Ateneo Blue Eagles are looking to learn from their mistakes to sweep the tough UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo fights off U.P., nears 2nd straight UAAP crown

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena wax hot as the Blue Eagles take Game 1 of the best-of-three title series

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 1

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Can the UP Fighting Maroons pull off a grand upset of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals opener?

DAVID VS GOLIATH? The UP Fighting Maroons are tagged as the 'underdogs' but defending champion Ateneo is not taking them lightly. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

These UP and Ateneo celebrity alumni are hyped over the #BattleOfKatipunan

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:21 AM

The two universities' celebrity alumni had no chill either

Ateneo, U.P. student councils unite vs impunity, misogyny

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:32 AM

The Ateneo and UP Diliman student councils jointly urge those watching the UAAP Finals opener live to wear black as 'protest against violence, impunity, and misogyny'

LOOK: Ateneo, U.P. fans engage in UAAP Finals meme war

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:42 AM

The feud between the two neighboring schools is being waged online – and the fans surely didn't hold back in dropping bombs

Bo Perasol embraces Maroons' underdog tag

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'It gives us a semblance of confidence... despite the mismatches and all of those that we experienced, if we can be resilient, we can still pursue our dream of winning,' says UP coach Bo Perasol

CONFIDENT UNDERDOGS. UP coach Bo Perasol doesn’t mind if many think his Maroons don’t stand a chance against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo hopes to match wildly excited U.P. crowd

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'When you’re live, you are actually part of the game, so it’s different – every cheer and every applause could be felt and heard by the team,' says Ateneo deputy Sandy Arespacochaga

KATIPUNAN IN MOA. Ateneo hopes that the blue and white side of Katipunan will give their all-out support in Mall of Asia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Juan GDL raring to upset Ateneo: 'Why stop now?'

Nov 30, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re never gonna give up,' says UP's sophomore star Juan Gomez de Liaño

BIG SHOT. Juan Gomez de Liaño looks to come up big yet again as UP tries to topple powerhouse Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 1

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Out to sustain their incredible run, the UP Fighting Maroons look to challenge defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals opener

SATIRE: The last time UP won a UAAP championship 'a dictator fell'

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Former president Ferdinand Marcos was ousted during UAAP Season 48, the year University of the East was the reigning men’s basketball champion

UP vs AdU Nov 28. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Long lines at SM Tickets outlets for blockbuster UAAP Finals 2018

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Fans were complaining about scalpers selling tickets for more than double the actual price

UAAP Finals 2018: Where to score Ateneo-U.P. game tickets

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Still wondering where to get tickets for the historic 'Battle of Katipunan' in the UAAP Finals? Visit these booths

A FANS' BATTLE. It is now time for Ateneo and UP fans to fight for their UAAP finals tickets. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Heartbreak rejected: U.P. makes dream come to life

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:19 PM

It's the beginning of a new era, one where the UP Fighting Maroons have undisputedly secured their place amongst college basketball’s elite

GAME HERO. Paul Desiderio celebrates after salvaging the UP Fighting Maroons' season. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

SCHEDULE: UAAP Finals 2018 – Ateneo vs U.P.

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:47 PM

It's the Battle of Katipunan! Block off these dates to witness the historic UAAP Finals showdown between neighbors Ateneo and UP

EPIC. It is going to be war in Katipunan as Ateneo and UP go head-to-head in a best-of-three UAAP Finals series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.