8 UAAP Season 79 Athletes
Who Stole Our Hearts
By Cher Ibañez
As another season of the UAAP is about to close, let us look back at those athletes that not only showed us how to perfectly balance academics and sports (kudos guys and girls!), but also made our heads (and hearts) turn as well.
Jaira Ventura (Cheerdance – Adamson University)
Hard work does pay off for the Electronics Engineering major as her squad made it to the podium again after 15 years. Cheerdance is such a competitive sport in the UAAP and we can’t wait for next season. Jaira and the rest of the Adamson Pep Squad for sure will be one of the teams to watch out for.
Karla Manuel (Women’s Basketball – University of Santo Tomas)
Do not be fooled by her pretty face. This 4th year Entrepreneurship major is always ready to strut her stuff inside the court. With a few more playing years left in the UAAP, expect her to be a more reliable big man in defense and in offense. Please fast forward to UAAP Season 80 already.
Jed Diamante (Men’s Football – De La Salle University)
Sophomore and former rookie of the year Jed Diamante has been one of the main guns of the Green Booters this season. According also to an article by ABS-CBN Sports, he is also a Civil Engineering major and a consistent dean’s lister as well. Now that’s a killer combination!
Richard Escoto (Men’s Basketball – Far Eastern University)
Now that his older brother, the sharp shooter Russel Escoto, has exhausted all his playing years, it’s time for him to take over. Carrying the reputation of being an Escoto plus with numerous experiences playing in international tournaments, no doubt he’ll be one of those players to lead the team back again to a podium finish but this time conquering every obstacle until they reach the top.