UP men’s hoops make Robina Gokongwei proud
The daughter of taipan John Gokongwei is one of the biggest cheerleaders of the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team.
So when the team clinched the Final Four spot after 21 years, Robina Gokongwei Pe posted a photo on her Facebook account recounting her journey as one of the big supporters of the UP Fighting Maroons.
“It was in 2014 when I asked my neighbor Harlan Yu, who was a member of the UP men’s basketball team in the early 90s, why our alma mater was showing such a dismal record.
Our group, Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman, has been supporting the UP mbt since 2010 (Daiso and Robina Farms came a few years after). From 2010 to 2013 we won only three games, imagine three games in four years!!!
Harlan said, “I will introduce you to some former teammates and trusted fellow basketball players. Together we’ll talk on what makes a winning team.”
That night I met Bo Perasol and Pat Aquino. I had bumped into Pat a few times before but we never got to talk.
Little did I know that in early 2016, the very hardworking NowheretogobutUp Foundation would be talking to Bo.
Today, Pat Aquino is the winningest coach in UAAP history of any sport and has led the NU mbt to a 75-0 record.
Bo has finally brought the UP mbt to the Final Four after 21 years! In just three years, from 2016 to 2018, UP has already won 19 games!
Bo, Pat and my adviser Harlan, all UP alumni. Ang galing ng UP!
Tuloy tuloy ang support namin sa UP mbt! It’s been eight great years!
UP Fight!” said @robinape.
The boys must be truly grateful for your support, ma’am Robina!