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Denison Rey Dalupang  📝 Bylines for Philippine Daily Inquirer 📍 Maynila, Pilipinas 🏡 La Union

University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio is a purveyor of sorts.

The Maroons skipper, whose “Atin ‘To” proclamation led to a game-winner last season, has become the poster boy of the UP faithful’s very own desire to win.

To many, Paul’s desire will never again be questioned.
On the eve of his biggest UAAP game yet, Paul says the most vivid snapshot of the five years he spent in Diliman is not the heartbreak of a 0-14 campaign. It’s not the valiant, uphill climb that drew sponsors and fans. It’s not the historic clinching of a Final Four berth that took decades. It’s neither that clutch basket against the Tigers, nor is it the bold step-back jumper against Adamson that helped UP get to this point.

Paul, who enters what could also be his final game as a Maroon, said with a smile that he’s yet to script the best memory of his collegiate stint. “I just know without a doubt that I will exit the UAAP a happy man,” he shares.

UP takes on Adamson one last time today at the Big Done for the right to challenge champion Ateneo.
And Paul? He simply promises that in cadence with his desire will be his hustle and heart.

Desiderio’s desire and more soon on @inquirer.sports and InquirerPlus. •

#OnAssignment #Sports #UAAPSeason81 #UAAPFinalFour #Basketball #CollegeBasketball #FujiFilmPH

“You know, before, jiu-jitsu was really all about competition. It was about winning, it was about the medals. But this has really given me a deeper meaning and a deeper purpose ... [this] has completely shifted my perspective on everything.” Asian Games bronze medalist @meggie_ochoa and the “biggest battle” of her life, soon on @inquirer.sports and InquirerPlus. •

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Past the rubicon and back.

‘Para sa Kadakilaan’

Lucky to be invited to the walkthrough of @kingjames’ Soldier XII; even luckier to be able to take the latest edition of “Agimat” for a spin. Fortunate, too, to have shared the court with two-time Asia’s best PG Jayson Castro and media friends.

Nike’s second sneaker to get the full #Agimat treatment dropped today at select Nike and Titan stores. It retails for P6,745. The Soldier XII also comes in five other colorways.
Thank you, #NikePH @nikephilippinesofficial!

#soldier12agimat 📸 @tamayotristan, @richardesguerra

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