It’s that time of the year again, where multicolored shirts fill the arena as if forming human skittles in a zoom-out view, fans after fans chanting the only school cheer they love (if not required to love), and the crowd having mini-heart attacks from all the three-pointers, slam dunks, and tied halftime scores. The goal in a UAAP game is quite simple: you score the best seats, support your favorite team, and bag that victory (or loss) as you go home.
Well, er, not everyone.
Apparently, for some fans, a game is never complete without spotting some eye candies. Years of familiarity in this hidden agenda have exposed us to this added thrill—each year, UAAP gives us new sexy faces from every team, not to mention, extra reasons to scream. And they’re more than just pretty faces. Time and again, these players strive to be on top of the game—amid back-to-back classes and tight deadlines—all for the ones who inspire them. With the second round of Season 80 kicking off just recently, we’ve rounded up this year’s hardcourt hunks to make the lives of some girls (or guys) easier.
8. Axel Iñigo, Far Eastern University
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “My family, my loved ones.”
7. Jordan Sta. Ana, University of Santo Tomas
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “My family inspires me to do what I do and to be better at what I do.”
6. Dawn Ochea, Adamson University
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “My family is my inspiration. They are the reason I work hard. I want to make them proud.”
5. Philip Manalang, University of the East
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “My dad.”
4. Jordan Bartlett, National University
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “I find my biggest inspiration in my faith and in my family. Without God’s blessing and my family’s sacrifices, I wouldn’t have the ability to play the sport that I love!”
3. Raffy Verano, Ateneo De Manila University
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “My family is where I find all my inspiration. They always believed in me and told me that my work and determination could take me far. They were always there by my side cheering me on!”
2. Noah Webb, University of the Philippines
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “God, my family, and the Filipino people. Aaaaand my girlfriend.”
1. Ricci Rivero, De La Salle University
What/who inspires you to do what you do: “Mom and dad, my six brothers and the Ricci squad.”
So in case you find yourself doubting to score those UAAP tickets, just remember: there are plenty of reasons to keep an ~eye out~ during the games. Oh and heads up, we don’t claim that this list is exhaustive. Who knows how much more gems you can find on the hardcourt?
Who is your favorite UAAP hardcourt hunk? Tell us in the comments!