Getting closer to the opening of UAAP Season 78, FHM was able to get a nice view on what happened during the collegiate tournament's recent press conference.
While everything seemed formal and cordial that afternoon, the same couldn't be said when all hell breaks loose on Saturday, September 5, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The UE Red Warriors will have an opening day rematch (from last year) with this season's hosts, the UP Fighting Maroons, while the AdU Soaring Falcons will square off against the UST Growling Tigers at 4 p.m.
But before getting it on with the basketball hostilities, check out our takeaways from the well-attended UAAP Season 78 presscon, starting off with what we've learned about this year's beautiful courtside reporters:
1) ADAMSON UNIVERSITY'S STEF MONCE IS KINDA QUIRKY
2) UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS'S MARY ANGELIQUE MANTO HAS THE DEADLIEST DIMPLES
3) ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY'S LAURA LEHMANN IS A BEAUTY WE'LL NEVER GET TIRED OF
4) UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST'S PAUI VERSOZA EMITS THAT PANG-SERYOSOHAN VIBE
5) NATIONAL UNIVERSITY'S IRA PABLO MIGHT JUST BE THE MOST FHM-READY
6) UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINE'S NIÑA ALVIA IS THE CUTEST OF THE BUNCH
7) DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY'S JEANINE TSOI IS OUR FAVORITE CHINITA
8) WE'RE MISSING FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY'S GANIEL KRISHNAN
9) SEVEN COURTSIDE REPORTERS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
Possibly one of the last times we'll see all of them together in one photo (perhaps until the cheerdance competition).
The press conference also featured each team's head mentor, who will try to steer their diversely decorated lineups to (realistic) glory this season.
10) NEW UP HEAD COACH RENSY BAJAR SEEMS TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT HE HAS GOTTEN INTO
11) UST HEAD COACH BONG DELA CRUZ IS STILL THINKING HOW TO EFFECTIVELY UTILIZE HIS TOP PLAYERS—KARIM ABDUL, KEVIN FERRER, AND ED DAQUIOAG—WHO ARE ALL IN THEIR FINAL PLAYING YEAR
13) UE HEAD COACH DINDO PUMAREN WILL MUSTER ALL THAT HE CAN WITH YET ANOTHER ALL-FILIPINO LINEUP
14) ROOKIE ADU HEAD COACH MIKE FERMIN SEEMS TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT HE HAS GOTTEN INTO (YEP, JUST LIKE RENSY)
15) NU HEAD COACH ERIC ALTAMIRANO IS QUITE THE OPTIMIST DESPITE THE ODDS AGAINST A BACK-TO-BACK
16) ...BUT FEU HEAD COACH NASH RACELA AND HIS INTACT SQUAD HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT
17) DLSU HEAD COACH JUNO SAULER WILL TRY TO RECAPTURE HIS TEAM'S 2013 MAGIC
18) THIS WOULD BE THE LAST TIME WE'LL BE SEEING THESE COACHES SMILING TOGETHER
All's war from this point forward!
19) WE HAVE A NEW UAAP COMMISIONER, IN THE PERSON OF RENE 'REBO' SAGUISAG JR., SON OF FORMER SENATOR AND LAWYER RENE SAGUISAG