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DUBAI: From 0-14 a few seasons back to a formidable team in the championships fighting against powerhouse Ateneo Blue Eagles, the University of the Philippines’ Fighting Maroons appear all set to reclaim its place in history where, 32 years ago, it had its first taste of victory and brought home the coveted UAAP Basketball title.

And for this, the over-500 UP grads in the UAE are holding their breath as the best-of-three unfolds this Saturday in the Philippines where the Maroons and Blue Eagles clash in what sports pundits have aptly coined “Battle of Katipunan.”

“Ecstatic siyempre kami,” said Albert Alba, media practitioner. “Hindi mo maaalis ‘yun. After 32 years heto nanaman kami.”

Alba said the Fighting Maroons making it to the UAAP championships was a tad unexpected. “Kasi ang stereotype is pang-academics kami.”

Indeed, Alba said, just a few seasons ago, UP went home with no win and 14 losses. “Ang biruan nga back in the day was, nanalo lang ng isa, may bonfire na,” he said.

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Alba further explained: “Nag-e-excell ang UP sa sports pero UP has always been known to excel in the academics. Alam naman natin, maraming schools medyo maluwag sila sa mga athletes nila, sabihin lang sa prof na may practice pwede na hindi pumasok, minsan nga kahit di na mag-exam.”

“Sa UP,” he added, “hindi pwede iyan, hindi porket athlete ka eh (lusot ka na sa academics),” he added.

According to Alba, there are over 500 UP alumni in the UAE employed in line industries cutting across from the medical field to engineering, architecture, media and public relations and accountancy among others – and all are holding their breath for the “Battle of Katipunan” that starts on Saturday Game 1 happening at MOA Arena.

Game 2 is on Dec. 5 at the Araneta Coliseum and Game 3, if needed, is on Dec. 8 also at MOA Arena.

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