THE first meeting of archrivals Ateneo and La Salle in the UAAP Finals after eight years drew 16,712 fans inside the Mall of Asia Arena, who were treated to a classic as the Green Archers held off the Blue Eagles, 67-65, in Game 1 of the best-of-three Season 79 title series on Saturday.
In the sea of blue and green, some notable faces stood out for each side as fans of both schools came in full force. Even dignitaries without affiliation to any of the finalists were present, like new US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Y. Kim.
Here’s a list of some of the familiar faces in the crowd who watched the thrilling UAAP Season 79 Finals opener:
Alvin and Susan Teng
Bong and Mozzy Ravena
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada
PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez
Raymart and Randy Santiago
Manny V. Pangilinan and Al Panlilio