Wed 20 June 2018


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Cliche as it sounds, we wouldn’t be enjoying the freedom that we have today without the men and women who braved all odds to fight for our nation’s democracy. FCF pays homage to these heroes by celebrating those who make a difference in the lives of others–UAAP hardcourt heroes open up about the people who have made a difference in theirs.


 Jeff Olalia
Shooting Guard, AdU Soaring Falcons
“Manny Pacquiao. He is the greatest filipino boxer ever.”

Juami Tiongson
Point Guard, Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles
My mom’s my hero because she’s a single parent who takes care of me and my brother. She sacrifices a lot to provide for our needs. I consider my grandparents heroes as well because they’re the ones who keep my feet on the ground.


Jed Manguera
Shooting Guard, De La Salle Green Archers
“My dad. My love for basketball was influenced by him. He’s been guiding me since day one and he inspires me to work harder everyday.”


Jeron Teng
Small Forward, De La Salle Green Archers
“My dad, because he wasn’t that talented before, but he out worked the other players that’s why he lasted long in [the] PBA.”


Russel Escoto
Center, FEU Tamaraws
“Parents ko kasi andyan sila palagi para sa akin, and hindi nila ako pinapabayaaan. Nagpapasalamat din ako kasi nilapit nila ako kay God.”


Cedrick Labing-isa
Point Guard, NU Bulldogs
“My dad, because he’s the one who influenced me in playing basketball.”


Kyle Neypes
Power Forward, NU Bulldogs
“Coach Erick Altamirano, because he’s our mentor and also my inspiration.”


Roi Sumang
Point Guard, UE Red Warriors
“My heroes are my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes. My parents would pick me up and put me back on my feet. They always encourage me to get up and try again. They always make me believe that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind on. They are my courage, my inspiration, and my heroes.”


Gene Belleza
Shooting Guard, UE Red Warriors
“My brother. He motivates me every single day and he’s the only person who believes I can play better when no one else does.”


JR Gallarza
Power Forward, UP Fighting Maroons
“My heroes are my parents. They’re different enough that I can confide in them about different, yet all, things that are going on in my life. They always have my back in everything I do whether it’s basketball or life. They allow me to learn from my mistakes and make mistakes to begin with. Lastly, they also share my triumphs and it means that much more to me when I succeed because I have them helping me back up whenever life knocks me down.”


Henry Asilum
Point Guard, UP Fighting Maroons
“My hero is Jehra Pongos because she inspired me to always work harder and study. She also pushes me to be the best student-athlete as possible even though she drives me crazy.”


Jeric Fortuna
Point Guard, UST Growling Tigers
“Coach Pido, because he gave me the chance to play college basketball and pursue my dream. My parents also because they inspire and motivate me to keep striving hard–they support me all the way.”


Aljon Mariano
Small Forward, UST Growling Tigers
“Yung grandma ko kasi sya yung parang nagturo and [nag] guide sakin sa lahat ng gagawin [tapos] to be thankful lagi kay God, ayun til now dala ko pa din yun. Tapos si Lebron, kasi he has a strong passion sa basketball at sa mga ginagawa, kahit lagi siyang krini-criticize, motivated at inspired pa din siya tapos andun yung puso niya sa paglalaro, tapos di siya mayabang.”

Compiled by Vyn Radovan and Katrina Angco
Photo by Vyn Radovan

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