For University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82, the UP Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT) has received an expanded support from STATS Performance Apparel. A crossover between street, lifestyle and fitness wear, STATS is an athleisure brand under Januarius Holdings Inc. (JHI).
Besides the official on-court and off-court wear of the basketball team, STATS will also produce the official merchandise of the UP Fighting Maroons. On April 24, 2019, JHI Chairman and chief executive officer JJ Atencio, JHI chief operating officer Marcy Venezuela and STATS Performance Apparel CEO and Creative Director Edrin Panganiban (second from right) officially sealed their partnership with Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation (NTGBUP), a volunteer group of UP alumni supporting the university’s varsity programs.
The official signing ceremony was held at the Bahay ng Alumni at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Leading NTGBUP during the event was its president, Atty. Agaton Uvero. He was joined by UP Head Coach Bo Perasol along with UAAP Season 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie, Janjan Jaboneta and his fellow UP Fighting Maroons players Noah Webb, Juan Gomez de Liaño brothers and Javi Juan Gomez de Liaño.
Akhuetie was born in Kaduna, Nigeria on September 12, 1996. He played for the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA from 2014 to 2016 and joined UP Fighting Maroons in 2018.
With Akhuetie, Jaboneta, Juan, Javi and Jun Manzo, the UP Fighting Maroons will compete in 2019 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament. They will be joined by transferees Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero.
Meanwhile, here is a clip from STATS Performance Apparel: