Atin ‘to: Paul Desiderio etches a legacy of swag in UP Maroons’ lore

first_imgThis is ours.The myth, the legend, grew out of a called game winner last season, when Desiderio told his University of the Philippines teammates “atin ‘to” in a huddle before nailing a game-winning triple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe didn’t need to repeat the words again, but everyone knew Desiderio would lay claim to the game when everything went down the line in overtime against the Adamson Falcons.“There was no play called, that was all him,” said UP coach Bo Perasol in Filipino, moments after a pulsating 89-87 victory Wednesday that propelled the Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 32 years. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Ang kapal talaga ng mukha nito,” Perasol joked.Promise fulfilled. #AtinTwo | @sonrdINQ @inquirerdotnet #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/SE0AXAU5bC— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 28, 2018“You all saw he had several misses already,” Perasol added. “But he knows that when it’s for the win, he’s going to shoulder the responsibility. He’s the one that always kept telling us, even when Juan [Gomez de Liaño] was in foul trouble and Bright [Akhuetie] was tired, not to have any doubts.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Atin ‘to.This is ours.The clock was winding down to the last 40 seconds and Adamson was ahead by a point when Desiderio nailed a wide open trey to give UP the lead, 87-85.After a tense sequence that knotted the count, Desiderio iced the final count with a short jumper.Atin ‘to.This is ours.The night before the game, Desiderio reminisced on his years in UP. He went through a lot. He watched the school go 0-14. He witnessed a one-win season. This was a program where a lone victory was enough cause for celebration.“For 30 years, we were the butt of jokes… the basketball team didn’t have the bragging rights,” Perasol said.Desiderio said he was glad to have witnessed the Maroons’ turnaround.“Before, we didn’t have prized recruits. We didn’t have budget,” Desiderio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “ Now, you can see the UP program is rising.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And so is the team’s confidence, no thanks to a skipper whose belief in himself and his team never wavered.“I’m very, very happy especially since I am graduating already,” Desiderio said after his clutch performance that set up a Finals duel with overwhelming favorites Ateneo. “Whatever chance we have in the Finals, we’re going to grab it.”At the very least, the Maroons will have their captain on board for two more games. No matter how much of an underdog UP will be against the defending champions, Desiderio won’t let his team go down without a fight.He proved that with Adamson in the Final Four, where he wasn’t about to let a historic run come to an end just yet.Whatever happens against Ateneo, those final five points that booted out the No. 2 Falcons will be Desiderio’s enduring legacy—a swagger that frustrating seasons could not drown, a confidence that bad shooting nights cannot deflate.“Syempre, atin ‘to.”This is ours. GALLERY: UP Fighting Maroons return to UAAP Finals after 32 years Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s one phrase that will be forever attached to Paul Desiderio’s college career.“Atin’ to.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Family of dead geologist still to receive compensation

first_imgThe family of the late Ryan Taylor, a geologist attached to the Australian-owned mining company – Troy Resources— is still awaiting compensation from the company and more so, the findings of the investigation as it relates to his death.Dead: Ryan TaylorTaylor’s mother, June Taylor, in a telephone interview, told Guyana Times that since the passing of her son, it has been difficult for the family to cope.Moreover, she added that the bills are making her frustrated as the family was not prepared for the unfortunate incident.“None of us were prepared for this emotionally nor financially. I’m now frustrated as the bills and other responsibilities are overwhelming and I’m finding it extremely difficult to cope,” the grieving mother added.According to the grieving mother, she met with the Chief Executive Officer on November 8, 2019, who assured her that he would intervene but she is still waiting on a word.“I met with the CEO of the company Ken Nelson on November 8, 2019, and he has promised to intervene and come to a settlement but to date, I’ve heard nothing from him. Whenever I call the company, I’m being told by the human resources manager that she cannot give any answers since she has not received any word from Mr Nelson,” the frustrated mother stated.The mother added that she had reached out to the company on several occasions but never received any response. In fact, she related that she had even written a letter to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ken Nelson, but to date, she has not received a word.“I have reached out to them (Troy Resources) on several occasions for answers into my son’s death and also for them to discuss how they plan to assist us through compensation and to this date, I have not been given a word as to when and what they plan to do”.Taylor died on October 8, 2019, while working on the construction of a “bench” in a mining pit operated by Troy’s Karouni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).It was reported that slippage occurred which led to him falling and being covered by the rubble.However, in light of the incident, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has since instructed the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter but so far, no report was submitted about the investigation.At least eighteen persons have lost their lives as a result of workplace accidents across the country for 2018 and 2019. Based on reports, out of the 18 work-related deaths, nine were from the mining sector, which recorded the highest number. Six of the deaths in the mining sector occurred for this year as opposed to five in 2018.However, the results of all these investigations remain unknown as the Department of Labour has not been forthcoming. (Shemar Alleyne)last_img read more