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The leading men of UAAP women's volleyball

May 03, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Before the standout spikers take the floor, let’s put the spotlight on this season's Final Four coaches

TOP MINDS. It’s a battle of strategies when Final Four coaches (from left) George Pascua of FEU, UST’s Kung Fu Reyes, Ateneo’s Oliver Almadro, and La Salle’s Ramil de Jesus duke it out this weekend. Photo release

Abroad or on the road, people go to great lengths to witness UAAP Finals game

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:40 PM

People in buses, campuses, malls, and places abroad tune in to watch Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Finals

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Heartbreak rejected: U.P. makes dream come to life

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:19 PM

It's the beginning of a new era, one where the UP Fighting Maroons have undisputedly secured their place amongst college basketball’s elite

GAME HERO. Paul Desiderio celebrates after salvaging the UP Fighting Maroons' season. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Emotions come full show in U.P. viewing parties

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Students of the University of the Philippines hold viewing parties and cheer their hearts out for the Fighting Maroons

UP FIGHT. University of the Philippines students celebrate the win of UP Fighting Maroons over Adamson Soaring Falcons in a Do or Die basketball game match on November 28. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

#AtinTwo: U.P. Maroons nail first UAAP Finals berth in 32 years

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:41 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The UP Fighting Maroons outlast the Adamson Falcons in a do-or-die Final Four overtime thriller

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 2

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

This is the perfect picture of how crazy this season has become – an Adamson-UP game is now the hottest thing in Philippine basketball

EYE ON THE PRIZE. Paul Desiderio's UP Maroons and Sean Manganti's Adamson Falcons fight for the right to face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 2

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Only one team will emerge victorious in ending its UAAP finals drought on Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 pm at the Araneta Coliseum

Ateneo steamrolls FEU, clinches 3rd straight UAAP Finals berth

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Unforgiving from the get-go, the Blue Eagles overwhelm the Tamaraws to march to their 12th UAAP Finals in 18 years

UNSTOPPABLE. There's still no stopping Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their quest for back-to-back crowns. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Ateneo and FEU clash in the UAAP Final Four for the fourth straight season, but the Blue Eagles aim for a quick finish this time

UAAP81 Mens Basketball ADMU vs FEU 10-20-2018. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Racela expects Ateneo’s Kouame to be a ‘headache’ for FEU

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The Tamaraws still remember how the Ivorian center bullied them with a monstrous double-double of 33 points and 27 rebounds

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Ateneo vies for a third straight UAAP Finals stint, but if there’s any team that proved to be a survivor all season, it’s definitely FEU

Impossible to reality: U.P.'s title dream gets closer than ever

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:35 AM

One more win and the UP Fighting Maroons' incredible ride goes further

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Atin 'to: Paul Desiderio thrills U.P. faithful yet again

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:57 PM

With 5.5 ticks left in the game, Paul Desiderio sinks a clutch basket to keep the UP Maroons in the thick of the fight

'ATIN TO'. Paul Desiderio captains his team to the win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maroons repay massive U.P. crowd with long-awaited win vs Adamson

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:41 PM

For coach Bo Perasol, it feels unacceptable to hand that sea of maroon a season-ending loss

ALL OUT. The UP faithful came in droves to cheer for the gutsy Fighting Maroons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adamson keeps calm, braces for do-or-die semis

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:02 PM

After two seasons of getting booted out of the Final Four early, the Adamson Falcons get another shot this time to nail a UAAP title berth versus the UP Maroons

BOUNCING BACK. The Adamson Soaring Falcons are confident that they can still make the finals in the rubber match against University of the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bright spot: Akhuetie delivers despite keeping illness secret

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:22 PM

'I don’t want to be in the situation where I tell them that I can’t do it and their spirits will go down,' says UP's Final Four hero Bright Akhuetie

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

U.P. a win away from Finals after stunner vs Adamson

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) The UP Fighting Maroons keep their title hopes alive after spoiling the Adamson Falcons' first try to nail a finals berth

UPSET. Paul Desiderio and the UP Maroons get Jerie Pingoy and the No. 2 Adamson Falcons out of their way in their first semis showdown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Two teams who have gone through countless heartbreaks are on course in their journey to the top

CLASH. Will Sean Manganti hit another heartbreaking shot for the Fighting Maroons? Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The Soaring Falcons and the Fighting Maroons vie to return to the finals for the first time in decades

Nothing would stop the Maroons' moment in history

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

For the UP faithful, it was the day when two decades of patience, pain, and heartbreak came to an end

NEW ERA. Juan Gomez de Liaño and the UP Fighting Maroons finally get to join the league’s big boys. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

4 big questions for this weekend’s UAAP games

Nov 09, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Two teams punched their semis ticket, but 4 more teams remain in the hunt for the last two UAAP Final Four berths

BLOCKBUSTER BOUT. Another chapter will be added to the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry this weekend. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Lyceum overwhelms Letran, coasts to 2nd straight NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez lead the Lyceum charge as the Pirates get another shot at the championship

WELL DONE.  Lyceum Pirates stars Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez celebrate after sending JP Calvo and the Letran Knights home. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UAAP Men's Football: No coronation for UP just yet

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:25 PM

UP may be undefeated heading to the Final 4, but the Maroons face stiff competition for the crown

UNDEFEATED. UP's Fidel Tacardon and the Fighting Maroons hope to stay ahead of the pack. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Isaac Go channels inner Desiderio in Ateneo's OT thriller against FEU

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Isaac Go's heroics for Ateneo redeem his missed opportunity vs La Salle in the second round

'ATIN ITO'. Isaac Go's winning mentality in the game helped surrender the victory to the Blue Eagles. Photo by Zach Garcia/The GUIDON Sports

Ateneo secures finals berth despite FEU's OT threat

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Blue Eagles are the second finalists of UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament

FINALS. The Ateneo Blue Eagles make it to another finals appearance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Blue Eagles to 'rediscover' themselves before facing FEU in second semis meeting

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Will the Ateneo Blue Eagles be able stay hungry and prove to everyone they deserve the '13-1'?

PROVING THE '13-1'. The Ateneo Blue Eagles aim to bounce back from their loss to the Tamaraws. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Despite Final Four exit, UST Tigresses walk away with heads held high

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:13 AM

While a loss is a loss the Tigresses opt to maintain a positive disposition as they close this year’s UAAP chapter

POSITIVE. The UST Golden Tigresses bow out of the UAAP Season 79 Final Four but remain positive about their accomplishments this year. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: ADMU Lady Eagles vs FEU Lady Tamaraws - UAAP Season 79 Final Four

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates from the UAAP Final Four starting at 4 pm

DLSU Lady Spikers back in UAAP Finals, defeat UST in 4 sets

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Lady Spikers return to the UAAP Finals after putting away the Golden Tigresses in 4 sets

FINALS RETURN. The DLSU Lady Spikers await the winner of the other semifinals matchup between Ateneo and FEU. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: DLSU Lady Spikers vs UST Golden Tigresses - UAAP Season 79 Final Four

Apr 22, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Bookmark this page to get updates from the UAAP Final Four starting at 4 pm

Welcome to Kim Fajardo’s last dance

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:56 AM

Kim Fajardo isn t thinking too far ahead as her last Final Four begins But she admits she ll miss everyone when it s all over

FINAL FINAL FOUR. Kim Fajardo says she doesn't get emotional when she thinks about ending her 5-year career as a Lady Spiker; the thought motivates her more to go out on top. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

With Final Four in sight, the UST Tigresses refuse to settle

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Hindi kami nakukuntento Hopefully makasabay kami doon sa top two teams says UST coach Kungfu Reyes

BACK IN THE FINAL FOUR. UST had waited 4 years to make it back to the Final Four, and they intend to stick around as long as they can. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP 79 Final Four Preview: DLSU Lady Spikers vs UST Golden Tigresses

Apr 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

How do the two teams match up? Take a look at the stats and storylines ahead of the Final Four

SEMIS SHOWDOWN. The defending champion La Salle have twice-to-beat advantage against UST. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Lady Eagles’ rookie Jules Samonte finds big break in rivalry win

Apr 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Jules Samonte filled in well for the resting Jhoana Maraguinot pitching in a career high 10 markers on 9 attacks in a win over rivals La Salle

NEWCOMER. Rookie Jules Samonte set aside her jitters and delivered in a big way for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 79 Volleyball Final Four

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

With just 4 teams left in both the women s and men s divisions find out when and where each game will take place

International players set to shine at NCAA Final Four

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:37 PM

International players have been pivotal for 3 of the 4 teams that have made it to the US college basketball semifinals

INTERNATIONAL GAME. Gonzaga freshman Rui Hachimura is believed to be the first Japan native to play in the Final Four. Photo from Wikipedia

Race to UAAP Final Four: Who will make it to the top?

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Rappler takes a look at the 4 remaining teams looking to punch in a Final Four appearance for Season 79

Thirdy Ravena stays positive as Ateneo heads into do-or-die vs FEU

Nov 27, 2016 - 3:32 PM

It s not yet done We have another game on Wednesday says Thirdy Ravena

STAYING POSITIVE. Thirdy Ravena stays positive as the Ateneo Blue Eagles face the dangerous FEU Tamaraws in a do-or-die game for the last UAAP Finals berth. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Racela, Arong, Jose not ready to leave FEU just yet

Nov 27, 2016 - 12:50 PM

None of these men are ready to wear their FEU uniforms for the last time

NO WAY. Raymar Jose battles tooth and nail, not wanting to play his final game for FEU just yet. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU forces Final Four rubber match against Ateneo

Nov 26, 2016 - 6:26 PM

UPDATED The defending champions will not go quietly into the night

STILL ALIVE. The FEU Tamaraws force a rubber match in the Final Four against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP 79 Final Four preview: Ateneo vs FEU

Nov 25, 2016 - 6:57 PM

For the second straight year the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws square off for a ticket to the finals

UAAP 79 Final Four preview: La Salle vs Adamson

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The UAAP Final Four begins with a matchup between the top and fourth seeds

Mbala: Winning UAAP MVP not the ultimate goal

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mbala is aiming to give La Salle its first UAAP men s basketball title since 2013

SCHEDULE: UAAP 79 Final Four and Finals

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Check out when the 4 remaining teams in UAAP Season 79 will play in the Final Four

FEU (12) Monbert Arong. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Perpetual Help forces rubber match against San Beda

Sep 30, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Gab Dagangon leads Perpetual with 27 points and hits the go ahead lay up to seal the win for his team

UAAP Football Final 4: Two epic showdowns for the final slots

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM

With FEU gone there will be a new champion for the first time in 3 years Predicting the knockout semifinal matches will not be easy

FINAL FOUR. UST's Darwin Busmion and De La Salle's Greggy Yan hope to make a difference in the Final Four. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

UAAP Season 78 men's football: Musical chairs as Final Four nears

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The second round is careening towards a wild finish With 5 teams in the running who will make the Final Four?

Ateneo's Jarvey Gayoso has been sensational, but will it be enough for a Final Four slot? Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ateneo returns to UAAP finals after dropping UP in straight sets

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The defending champions will face either La Salle or FEU in the finals where they will aim to win a third straight title

Aroga has all praises for UST; leaves return up to management

Nov 23, 2015 - 4:40 PM

“They really play like champions They were so focused They really wanted that game ” the NU big man says about UST

0004 - NU (19) Alfred Arroga. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler