UP football player Rogie Maglinas passes away

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UP football player Rogie Maglinas passes away
Rogie Maglinas, 19, succumbs to cancer of the skeletal muscles

UP FOOTBALLER. Rogie Maglinas, seen here smiling and staying positive amid a cancer battle, has passed away. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines men’s football player and scholar Rogie Maglinas passed away after a bout with rhabdomyosarcoma, or cancer of the skeletal muscles, on Tuesday, February 2. He was 19.

The news was announced on the official Twitter account of the UP men’s football team and confirmed to ABS-CBN Sports by the team’s coach, Anto Gonzales.


The ABS-CBN News report said Maglinas died of “complications due to TB meningitis” while confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital.

The Uson, Masbate native was about to enter his third season with the UP football team when he was diagnosed with cancer, forcing an end to what was a budding collegiate career.

Maglinas was a Sports Science major.

In an interview with Rappler last November, Maglinas said that his family had no history of cancer. The illness brought massive pain to the football player’s legs, lumbar area, and head.

But though he was in pain then, Maglinas said he was thinking positive, and that God had a plan for him. – Rappler.com

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