Athletes, celebrities, dignitaries spotted in sea of blue and green at MOA Arena
The thrilling opener of the Ateneo-La Salle clash for the UAAP Season 79 title drew some famous personalities. Jerome Ascano

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:

LA Tenorio

Alvin and Susan Teng

Bong and Mozzy Ravena

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

Francis Zamora

Chris Tiu

Ryan Arana

Larry Fonacier

PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez

Von Pessumal

Edu Manzano

Gretchen Ho

Mike Enriquez

Bela Padilla

Raymart and Randy Santiago

Manny V. Pangilinan and Al Panlilio

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