Tyler Tio thankful as release of PH passport paves way for stint with Ateneo in UAAP
Tyler Tio is set to suit up for the Blue Eagles in the coming UAAP season. Dante Peralta

TYLER Tio of Ateneo has finally become a Filipino citizen, making him eligible to play as a local in the coming UAAP season..

No less than Solicitor General Jose Calida tweeted a photo of him with the 5-11 Tio confirming that the Ateneo point guard is now officially a Filipino.

"Congratulations @Tyler_Tio on becoming a Filipino citizen. The long wait is over for @ateneodemanilau. #OneBigFight," tweeted Calida on Tuesday.

Tio, a Canadian citizen, missed playing for the Blue Eagles last season as he was unable to obtain a Philippine passport prior to Season 79 of the UAAP.

[See Tyler Tio disappointed not to make Ateneo lineup as release of PH passport delayed]

Technically, the former Xavier standout, born to Filipino parents, can play as a foreigner being a Canadian citizen last season but the league only allows one foreigner per team.

"Finally a Filipino citizen! Thank you @SolGenCalida. Thank you, Lord," tweeted Tio in response to Calida.

While waiting to become a Filipino citizen, Tio spent last year playing for Ateneo's Team B.

This summer, Tio was once again fielded as a member of the Blue Eagles in the Filoil preseason tournament where UAAP players suited up.

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