USUALLY smiling, Alvin Pasaol could no longer hold his tears as he raised his hand and sung "Pamantasan Ka Naming Mahal" for possibly the last time as an active member of the UE Red Warriors.
But if this was indeed the end, the 23-year-old Davaoeño is happy to leave a lasting legacy in Recto.
"Siguro kung may maiwan ako sa UE, yung lumalaban lang. Kahit matalo man kami, nandoon pa rin yung puso ko na lumalaban kami ng teammates ko," he said.
Pasaol was truly a supernova in every sense of the word, with every high-scoring outburst enriching his lore in UE.
At a time where the Red Warriors were looking for the next torchbearers from the days of Paul Lee and Roi Sumang, it was Pasaol who carried the light and kept his side relevant, with the peak being his 49-point explosion last season that made him a household name.
For Pasaol, everything that happened in his three years in UE is a blessing, that though he never got to tow his side to the Final Four, he remained satisfied -- one that also earned him spots in the Mythical Team in UAAP Season 80 and possibly, Season 81, too.
"Parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. Hindi naman namin expected yung mga nangyari sa amin, pero happy lang ako na nakasama ko ang mga teammates ko. Lumaban naman kami at nandoon naman kami sa laro palagi," he said.
That's why for the wide-bodied forward, if this is the last time he'll wear the Red Warrior garb, he can leave the confines of UE with his signature smile.
"Wala namang pagsisisi kung ito man yung last game ko. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila. Mataas yung expectation nila sa akin at binigay ko rin yung 100-percent na tiwala ko sa kanila," he said.
All signs now point to Pasaol entering the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, where he is touted to be picked in the first round.
Yet the fun-loving super scorer remains non-committal with his future, saying: "Pag-iisipan ko pa."
"Yung Draft, December pa naman. May one week pa para mag-isip, and then yun na siguro. By next week, mag-uusap kami ng management kung ano ang mangyayari."
Asked if there's still a chance for him to make one more go round with the Red Warriors, Pasaol kept the door open.
"Siguro, pag kausapin ako ng may-ari! Pag sinabi ng may-ari (na mag-stay), sige," he said with a laugh before turning serious. "Sabi lang naman ni coach Joe (Silva) sa akin, 'Think twice.' Sabi naman niya nandoon lang sila kung kailangan ko ng tulong nila. Tingnan natin next week."