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'Fireman' Belangel answers Ateneo’s call in 3-peat clincher

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Basking in the glory of their season sweep, the Ateneo seniors make sure to give props to their little brother SJ Belangel for dousing the Tigers' fire

GUTSY. SJ Belangel delivers in crucial stretches in the title-clinching match. Photo release

Subido leaves UST in capable hands of Nonoy, Ayo

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:43 PM

After going through the highs and lows of the UST program, Renzo Subido feels grateful to play a major role in the Tigers' turnaround

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Two-time champ Jet Nieto proud of twin sons’ Ateneo 3-peat

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:41 AM

'There’s no better feeling in the world for Mike and me than to beat daddy’s record,' says Ateneo star Matt Nieto

WINNING TRIO. Nieto twins Mike (left) and Matt (right) surpass their father Jet's feat. Photo by Jasmine W. Payo/Rappler

Ayo won’t leave UST unless UST leaves him

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Even if Aldin Ayo failed to weave his coaching magic, expect a fearsome UST basketball program next season

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin glad to be proven wrong by Ateneo seniors core

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin admits he once didn't think too highly of his veteran core: 'I’ll be honest. I didn’t see it'

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravena thanks Baldwin for pushing him out of family’s shadow

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Once known as just Kiefer’s brother or Bong’s son, Thirdy Ravena shares a Tab Baldwin pep talk helped him transform into a sought-after basketball prospect

MENTOR. Thirdy Ravena credits Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin for helping him focus on what matters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo Blue Eagles relish three-peat and a sweep

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

A mighty Ateneo squad steamrolls the rest of the UAAP field to bag its third straight crown on a perfect 16-0 season run

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Sweep victory:' Twitter erupts as Ateneo completes UAAP three-peat

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Social media goes full-on celebration mode after the Ateneo Blue Eagles' perfect run in UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

CHAMPS AGAIN: Ateneo dynasty romps to rare season sweep after UST scare

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Punctuating a historic season, the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles survive a hard-fighting UST Growling Tigers to capture a third straight UAAP championship

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UST - UAAP Finals 2019 Game 2

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Poised to leave like legends, the Ateneo Blue Eagles go for a perfect season against a UST Growling Tigers side vying to pull off the improbable

Nonoy tears up as career game not enough in Game 1 blowout loss

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Rookie sensation Mark Nonoy delivers a herculean effort but the Tigers still fall short against the mighty Blue Eagles

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Finals Thirdy' makes most of last games after 32-point eruption

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:17 PM

As always, two-time Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena puts on a show in the UAAP championship series

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo reduces UST to tears

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

A razor-sharp Ateneo squad still looks too invincible as UST crumbles in Game 1 of the UAAP men's basketball finals

ADMU vs UST UAAP Finals Game 1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Still unstoppable: Ateneo shuts down UST as Ravena catches fire

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:01 PM

A hot-starting Ateneo Blue Eagles squad blows out the UST Growling Tigers behind Thirdy Ravena's scoring outburst

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UST - UAAP Finals 2019 Game 1

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

A well-rested Ateneo Blue Eagles side battles a UST Growling Tigers crew that's ready to pounce

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