Thursday, July 21, 2011

What is a Maroon?

We watched the UP Fighting Maroon's game against the NU Bulldogs on Sunday because we were especially inspired by UP's victory over the UE Red Warriors the week before (yes, the one that broke UP's 18-game losing streak. Waha)

Pao was all for school spirit, so he wore his one and only maroon t-shirt.

I wore maroon shoes, if that counts.

From this angle, it looks like the UP bleachers is a sad sad place.

It kinda' is. While the people on NU's side of Araneta were cheering their hearts out, some of us on UP's side were reading pocket books during the game! Si Malik nakatulog nga eh. Heehee

UP lost, unfortunately. It was doubly unfortunate that I expected that to happen. In our basketball team's defense, UP is such a straight as an arrow nerdoks academic institution that we don't treat our school athletes differently. This means, unlike say players from A University or L, UP players have to actually attend classes, study for their exams and THEN train. Poor kids. Maybe all those calls for travelling and all those air balls (gasp!) were because they were preoccupied with their midterms the next day. Yeah.

Anyway, I realize that not too many of us know our university hymn. I'm not a follower of the UAAP so I didn't really know that we sang school songs at the end of each game. Now that I know, I'm posting the words to UP Naming Mahal below, by way of public service. Memorize it! (That means you, Paolo)

* * *
U.P. naming mahal, pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin, sana'y inyong dinggin
Malayong lupain, amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin

Luntian at pula, Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating pagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo't itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan

* * *
We'd like to watch another one of UP's games if time permits. It's at least fun observing all the wide-eyed college students milling about like their futures mattered (uy, I'm just being Nega-tron here). If you're ever in the mood, the UP Fighting Maroons are scheduled to play on the following dates:

Game 3: Sat, July 23, 1pm
UP Fighting Maroons vs La Salle Green Archers

Game 4: Sat, July 30, 1pm
UP Fighting Maroons vs Ateneo Blue Eagles

Game 5: Thu, August 4, 1pm
UP Fighting Maroons vs FEU Tamaraws

Game 6: Sun, August 7, 1pm
UP Fighting Maroons vs UST Growling Tigers

Game 7: Thu, August 11, 1pm
UP Fighting Maroons vs Adamson Falcons

Malik: "Let's gow, UP."

That is all. Toodles.

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  1. Yvette and I are watching tomorrow :)

  2. shame on me, i never memorized UP Naming Mahal.

  3. There you go Yen. Write it down on a post-it and keep it everywhere. It's just two stanzas. Let's gow!

  4. wow, galing naman ni malik, pwede na isama sa uaap games! :)

  5. love the way you write :) maybe the maroons should get some "imports" too. just for b-balls sake...:P

  6. Hi Chi! It's 'cause basketball interests Malik. It's all he thinks about. (He sometimes even sleep talks "ball" and "shoot". Heehee) But otherwise, we can't expect him to keep still!

  7. Awww, thank you Sarah (fashioneggplant :D). I regularly read your blog. It means a lot to me that you're browsing hereabouts!

    FYI, we actually have an "import" now. But all he ever does is rebound. Wala pang effort because he was born tall, so I guess that just comes naturally for him. I must Google his name...Hmmm

  8. Gladi: Tinatanong pa ba kung saan side ako uupo?!? LOL Like Yen, I do not know how to sing the UP Alma Mater song. Title lang ang alam ko.


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