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Paul Desiderio marks own legacy in UP

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The UP Fighting Maroons magical run all started with Paul Desiderio’s battle cry — “Atin ‘To!”

Today, UP celebrates its greatest achievement yet since 1986 despite finishing Season 81 as the bridesmaid.

Still, the graduating guard believed that they will give the defending champs, Ateneo Blue Eages, one hell of a fight.

“Never give up talaga kami lagi. Ang problema namin dati sa UP, nilalamangan kami tapos nawawalan na kami ng gana at tuloy-tuloy na yun,” said Desiderio.

Thanks to his “Atin ‘To” chant, his teammates also had enough motivation to work hard and win more games this season.

“Happy ako na nabago yun. Ngayon, laging sinasabi ng teammates ko na ‘Atin ‘to!’”

The UP community will always be grateful for the Cebu-native’s services with the Fighting Maroons for instilling the winning culture that they always wanted to achieve.

“Sobrang happy ako dahil nakaabot kami sa championship. Sayang nga lang kasi hindi namin nakuha yung championship, pero hopefully, next year,” Desiderio stated.

“Yun naman talaga e, ine-expect ng mga tao na next year, dapat malampasan nila yung nagawa ngayon,”

Although Desiderio wouldn’t be part of the team’s future next season, the future is bright for him in the PBA thanks to his legacy that he left in UP.

“Bukas (December 6), mag-file na ako sa PBA Draft,” Desiderio shared.