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25 Things that happened since UP MBT won its last UAAP game



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The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons won their last UAAP game on August 19, 2012 against the University of the East Red Warriors with the score of 63-48.

After the win, pandemonium ensued in the Araneta Coliseum as seen in this video:


On August 2, 2014, at exactly 2:00 PM, the UP Fighting Maroons would be deprived of a UAAP win for exactly 1 year, 11 months, 13 days and 22 hours. That’s 712 days and 22 hours, 1,026,600 minutes or 61,596,000 seconds of not seeing the Fighting Maroons walk out of the arena as victors.

To celebrate  illustrate just how long ago that time was, we compiled a list of the 25 things that happened since the last UAAP win of the UP Fighting Maroons:

The Fighting Maroons’ current losing streak of 25 games is not the longest in UAAP Men’s Basketball history. The record-holder for futility in the league is 35 games, which was set by the Adamson Soaring Falcons from 1999-2002. The 3rd longest losing streak in the league is held by… You guessed it right! The UP Fighting Maroons! UP lost 18 straight games that started on August 26, 2009 and ended on July 14, 2011. They ended that streak with a 69-61 victory over… THE UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST RED WARRIORS!
For the year, the UP Fighting Maroons TECHNICALLY has a win-loss record of 2 wins and 8 losses. Those two wins came from the Premiere Cup over NCAA opponents. Their first win of the year happened on May 5, 2014 against the College of Saint Benilde Blazers with a score of 76-69. The other win happened 23 days later. The Fighting Maroons defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals 72-59. The Fighting Maroons ended the tournament with a 2-4 record.

Honorable mention:
The Adamson Soaring Falcons just scored 25 points… for an entire game!

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25. Thirty-three UP Fighting Maroons Players and Two Coaches

During this streak, the UP Fighting Maroons has had 33 players crack their roster. These are Mark Juruena, Darwish Bederi, Diego Dario, Carlo Escalambre, Nomer Gonzales, Jarrell Lim, Dave Moralde, Chris Vito, Agustin Amar, Jr., Renzar Asilum, Matthew Ball, Andres Paul Desiderio, Joseph Ray Gallarza, Moriah Joel Gingerich, Andrew Michael Harris, Kyles Lao, Jason Ligad, Samuel Joseph Marata, Andre Alonzo Paras, Martin Javier Pascual, Miguel Antonio Reyes, Raul Soyud, Janus Kyle Suarez, Julius Paul Wong, Mike Gamboa, Diony Hipolito, Jet Manuel, Mike Silungan, Alvin Padilla, Robby Wierzba, Paolo Romero, Angelo Montecastro and Mark Lopez.

In addition, the Fighting Maroons had two coaches leading the team during this stretch. Ricky Dandan, accountable for the first 15 losses, and Rey Madrid.
In 25 games, UP scored a total of 1612 points while their opponents scored 1899 points in those games. That’s a 287 point differential. Losing at an average of 11.48 points per game.

24. UP Pep Squad wins the UAAP Season 75 Cheerdance Competition (September 22, 2012)

The UP Pep Squad last won the UAAP Cheerdance competition 2 seasons ago. UP’s losing streak was just at 7 games then. It was an immaculate performance by the UP Pep Squad. No words can actually describe it. Here’s the video of the UP Pep Squad’s performance 2 years ago.


23. The Mayans failed to predict the end of the world.


The Mayan calendar ended on the 13th b’ak’tun, or as scholars calculated, Dec 21, 2012. According to many, this would mean the end of the world as the earth would be destroyed by some space object crashing on earth. The appointed day came and nothing happened. If it did happen, UP would never had the chance win another UAAP game again. EVER.

22. ₱ 2,010,335,456 Worth of Local Movies

During the span of this losing streak, the highest-grossing local film record has been broken 3 times. The top 5 local films and their release dates are as follows:

5. It Takes a Man and a Woman – ₱ 387,000,000 est. (Released: March 30, 2013)
4. Sisterakas – ₱ 391,000,000 est. (Released December 25, 2012)
3. My Little Bossings – ₱ 393,000,000 est. (Released December 25, 2013)
2. Starting Over Again – ₱ 410,188,028 (Released February 12, 2014)
1. Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy – ₱ 429,147,428 (Released: December 25, 2013)

21. My Husband’s Lover

The teleserye landscape change after My Husband’s Lover debuted on local prime time TV. The controversial teleserye gamechanger starring Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez, and Dennis Trillo got viewers glued to the TV screen from June ‘til October last year. We’ve yet to see a teleserye gutsier than this. My Husband’s Lover upped the ante for Filipino television, providing a step forward for Filipino pop culture.

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20. Be Careful With My Heart

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Be Careful With My Heart is a television drama that debuted on terrestrial television on July 9, 2012. The series is garnering huge ratings for their station. On August 2, 2014, the series would have had 532 episodes aired and has no end in sight.

During UP’s almost two-year drought, the show had already aired 501 episodes from August 19, 2012 to August 2, 2014. 501 episodes! Hopefully, this doesn’t reach 600 episodes before the Fighting Maroons finally win a UAAP game.

19. Daan ka sa condo… dala ka ng foods (January 22, 2014)

We learned two very important things because of this incident. First is to never go to a stranger’s place late at night. The other lesson is that foods is an acceptable term in the English language, if you are discussing specific foods, like a list of foods in a menu.
To better explain this celebrated case, here’s Deniece Cornejo to explain her side


18. Harlem Shake
What the hell does that mean?! 2012 was the year of this song and some other gibberish song that we will be discussing later. People were doing the Harlem Shake in every place imaginable.

In living rooms:


In schools:


In an ice bar:


And whatever this place is:


Apparently, con los terroristas means… WITH THE TERRORISTS!!!

17. Jaypee Santos – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (April 16, 2013)


Here’s a transcript of what actually occurred during the nationwide telecast of Jaypee-Janine’s uncoupling:

Janine: Actually right now we’re not in good terms hihihi
Jaypee: We just have some things that we don’t agree on (slowly dying inside)
The host: Is it true that the lead vocalist of The Script has a thing for you?
Janine: It’s not exactly like that. We were just talking hihihi
Then a little more giggling and awkwardness occur until…

Janine Jaypee (2)

Janine: We already broke-up!
The host: And then Jaypee you fought with her about that?
Janine: Yes! He was so angry.
The host: You were angry because you feel she was cheating on you?
Jaypee: Yes because she kept it a secret

Then after more giggling and awkwardness…

The host: Is it painful? Are you hurting? (To Jaypee)
Jaypee: Yes

16. Amalayer


So the Fighting Maroons lost 25 straight games? AMALAYER?!
The Fighting Maroons haven’t won a game since August of 2012? AMALAYER?!


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15. Plagiarism Cases

Tito Sotto (August 16, 2012)
Mark Joseph Solis (September 22, 2013)

The country was rocked by news of plagiarism in the past two years. In 2012, Senator Tito Sotto was accused of lifting passages from a Robert Kennedy speech, and using the said passages in a speech to the Philippine Senate regarding his stance on contraception.

Plagiarism was once again the talk of the town come 2013, when photographer Mark Joseph Solis admitted to taking photographs from the image sharing website Flickr, submitting them to photography contests, claiming them as his own. Solis confessed after winning a photo contest essay.

While Solis has confessed to the deed, claiming his actions were motivated by a need for money to help his family, Senator Sotto was rather unwavering in defending his actions despite public outrage. And while all this may be yesterday’s news, it’s news that’s rather hard to forget, as much as we’d want to. So kids, remember, never, never copy someone else’s work and tell everyone it’s yours.

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14. Cop cries during SONA (July 22, 2013)

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Every year, the President’s State of the Nation Address is always marred by demonstrations from various civil groups to express their dissatisfaction to the current administration. The 2013 State of the Nation address was different. It showed the other side of the story. An image of a policeman crying, after being berated and insulted by a foreign activist, spread across social media. It showed another side of the story. The policemen who are safeguarding the president are also human. The policeman who cried, SPO1 Joselito Sevilla, during the demonstration cited hunger, lack of sleep and exhaustion as the reasons for his breakdown. The image destroyed the impression that all cops are boorish and corrupt. It gave the job of being a policeman a sense of humanity.

13. The Viper and the Wiper
watery liquid secreted into the mouth by glands, providing lubrication for chewing and swallowing, and aiding digestion.

The Viper (August 29, 2012)

The Wiper (September 25, 2013)


For 2 straight seasons, the FEU Tamaraws have had players uhm… salivate on the court. Stay thirsty Arvie Bringas and Terrence Romeo!


12. San Mig Coffee wins the Grand Slam

2013 PBA Governor’s Cup: October 25, 2013
2014 PBA Philippine Cup: February 26, 2014
2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup: May 15, 2014
2014 PBA Governor’s Cup: July 9, 2014

The San Mig Coffee Super Coffee Mixers won 4 championships in a span of 9 months. That is a short amount of time but in those 9 months, one thing was clear. All the players knew their roles and the coaching was excellent. Maybe that is what the UP Fighting Maroons need. Start with a top-notch coach and everything will fall into place.

11. The Anti – Cyber Crime Act (2012)

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10. Lord Patawad (2013)


This song was the 3rd most played song on YouTube for 2013. The song was viewed 11,000,000 times during that year in the Philippines. We too can’t stop singing along to it. Looooord…patawad!

9. Gangnam Fever (2012)

This is the other gibberish song that became the song of 2012. The only thing that is even comprehendible in this song is the ‘OP-OP-OPPA Gangnam Style’ chorus. But the fever spread across the republic. It was played in cars, parties, and even nightclubs!
Our world-famous inmates from Cebu caught on with the fever!


Even Solenn caught the Gangnam fever!


8 and 7. INC 100 (July 27, 2014) Pedro Calungsod – 2nd Filipino Saint (October 12, 2012)

On October 12, 2012, 9135 days or 25 years 3 days since the canonization of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, another Filipino was made a saint, an event celebrated by Catholics and Filipinos worldwide.
And more recently, on July 27, 2014, the Iglesia ni Cristo ushered in its one-hundredth year with the unveiling of the Philippine Arena and a Guinness World Record for Largest Gospel Choir.

6. Akala nyu kayo lang ang may picture kasama parents nyu ha :)) pero ma pa this is for the both of you i hope that you are proud of me :)) (March 31, 2013)

24,806 Likes. 4,399 Shares. This heart-warming story of a graduation picture turned viral in 2013 and became an inspiration to all. Lesson here is that with all the adversities that life throws on us, we should never give up in chasing our dreams.


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5. Pacquiao loses to Marquez (December 8, 2012)


We didn’t see that one coming. We knew the Boxing Congressman from Saranggani would one day meet his match, but never did we think a sixth-round knockout would mark the pound-for-pound legend’s streak. The stunning conclusion to the famed Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry shook the world of boxing and broke the hearts of Filipinos everywhere. Then, there’s Mr. Floyd Mayweather jr., who was probably having the time of his life.

4. PDAF Scandal (July 12, 2013 – Present)

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Boy, oh boy. Remember the day you turned on the TV and found out there may be something fishy and sinister going on around the people who were supposed to be running the country? Remember the day you realized the taxes you pay probably ended up as someone’s luxury car?
Of course, we all know how that went.
And that led to…

3. Salamat Kaibigan (June 9, 2014)

The greatest political music video of all-time!


Makes me sad. Makes me want to cry. Makes me want to die.

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Which led to…

2. Enrile (July 4, 2014), Estrada (June 23, 2014), Revilla (June 20, 2014) Jailed

One of the Philippine Government’s darkest moments came this year, when three members of the senate were jailed after being implicated in the Napoles scandal. Some are happy to see the accused jailed, some cry for further justice, some believe the three wrongly accused. One thing’s for sure, it’s a blow the country’s still reeling from.

1. The Curse of Korea is Finally Broken (August 10, 2013)

In the immortal words of the great Magoo Marjon, THE CURSE OF KOREA HAS FINALLY BEEN BROKEN!


And on that night the nation celebrated as one.

Remember when Gilas Pilipinas won the Silver at the FIBA Asia Cup last year, the best performance by any national basketball squad since we won Gold back in 1985? Let’s think about what happened in Philippine basketball during those twenty-eight years: Fil-Shams, a drop in PBA ratings, the rise and fall of the MBA, the BAP-SBP conflict, 15th place in the 2003 Asia Cup. Now, let’s think about how we went from 15th in 2003, to 9th in 2007, to 8th 2009, to 4th in 2011, and finally almost back on top at 2nd in 2013. It’s not quite where we’d most love to be, but at least we’ve got the ticket to the big stage at the FIBA World Cup, somewhere we haven’t been to in more than thirty years. Of course, doing what everyone thought was impossible makes it sweeter. Slumps are a part of life. It’s something even the greatest franchises in sports history have had to deal with.. But as always, tomorrow and the promise of bouncing back stronger awaits.

It’s been twenty-eight years since UP’s last championship in 1986, seventeen since their last top 4 finish in 1997, and two since their last win. But history tells us even the longest slumps can be broken, and we believe the Fighting Maroons have it in them to make another push. There’s ten more games left in the season and that’s more than enough time for Coach Rey Madrid and his boys to come alive and bring the house down on everyone. Will Kyles Lao finally rise up and become the star everyone thought he was destined to be after last year’s Rookie of the Year performance? Will Moriah Gingerich’s steady improvement result in the captain coming up big in the remaining games in the season? We here are excited to see what the season has left in store. So come on, UP! We’re looking at you. We know you’ve got it in you to wow us all one more time. Go State U! Fight UP Fight!

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’



Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao



Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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Jason Brickman flirts with triple-double as Mono holds off Singapore



After playing his worst game of the season last Sunday against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Jason Brickman bounced back, steering the Mono Vampire to a 91-88 road victory over the Singapore Slingers, Friday evening at the OCBC Arena.

The 26-year-old, who finished with just seven points and three assists in their 71-104 loss to Alab, tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. The league-leader in assists did not take a break, playing all 40 minutes.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Thailand-based squad.

Mono led by as much as 22 points, 60-48, with 7:46 left, 16 points entering the final frame. A furious fourth quarter rally by Singapore sliced the lead, turning the game into a single-possession contest with a minute left. The steady hands of Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary from the stripe fended off Singapore.

Brickman’s compatriot Paul Zamar chipped in 13 markers for Mono.

Since torching Alab last January 3, Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani has been on a slump, going just 3-for-11 from the field for nine points.

Mono’s World Imports Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary both finished with 26 points with the former hauling down 18 rebounds. For Singapore, Xavier Alexander paced the Slingers with 29 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

With the win, the Vampire kept solo third with a 7-4 slate. On the other hand, the Slingers dropped its second straight game since winning against Alab, falling to 5-6.

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