The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons will continue to get valuable support from their most loyal and staunchest supporters, the Robinsons Retail Group and Universal Robina Corporation’s Agro Industrial Group. They continue their build-up for the upcoming UAAP season and beyond.
Recently, the UP Fighting Maroons officially renewed their partnership with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. president and CEO Robina Gokongwei-Pe and URC-AIG group business unit general manager Vincent Henry Go. Gokongwei-Pe and Go have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with UP Fighting Maroons team manager Agaton Uvero and head coach Bo Perasol at the UP Executive House in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
UP College of Human Kinetics dean Francis Diaz, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, UP President Danilo Concepcion and Robina Farms Farm Directo Dr. Dante Palabric attended the signing. Also present were Handyman vice chairman Willy Co, Robinsons Supermarket managing director Jody Gadia, Handyman group general manager Stanley Co, Daiso general manager Katherine Yu, TGP general manager Agnes Rafinan, Abet Liuson of TGP AVP–Supply Chain, Robina Farms farm operations director Dr. Florante Palabrica and URC-AIG marketing director and Robina Farms marketing manager Jonathan Diño.
“UP’s run last year is proof that everything is possible,” Diño stated. “Hopefully, this year’s team will build on what Batch 81 started and bring home the UAAP Championship for the first time since ’86.”
“It’s UP’s time!” Diño continued. “They should take it. They deserve it.”
A UP alumna and avid backer of the UP Fighting Maroons, Gokongwei-Pe, involved Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman as UP Fighting Maroons supporters in 2010. Even as the team went winless and won only a total of three games in four seasons from 2010 to 2013, she and her group stuck it out with the Philippines’ premier state university in its quest back to relevancy in the field of sports.
More recently, URC-AIG, through its premium farm products unit Robina Farms, was added to the companies that threw its support behind the Fighting Maroons. Go stated, “We firmly believe that the UP Fighting Maroons shares the same values as us, such as passion for excellence and loyalty to our stakeholders.”
“As we renew our official support for the men’s basketball team, we want them to continue to imbibe the same things that our company lives by as they seek to surpass last year’s achievement,” the URC-AIG group business unit general manager continued. “This upcoming UAAP Season 82, it would be another great privilege to stand by this team together with the whole UP community. Hoping to exemplify ISKOs values of honor and excellence in every endeavor.”
Perasol shared that UP is always grateful for all the support they have received from their alumni, especially from Gokongwei and her group of companies. They have been with them through their ups and downs, he said.
“This team knows what it’s like to be at the bottom, to lack basic necessities like food and allowances,” Perasol said. “We are thankful for the faith and loyalty of the Robinsons Retail Group.”
The UP Fighting Maroons look to give back to their supporters in UAAP Season 82. They are fresh from their Championship run in Taiwan’s Buddha’s Light International Association Cup coupled with offseason trainings in Japan and Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the UP Fighting Maroons: