THERE’S one among the thousands of sad Ateneo fans who is happy to see National University reach the UAAP men’s basketball finals for the first time in over four decades.
For true-blue Atenean Tricia Robredo, seeing the top-seeded Blue Eagles fall in the Final Four at the hands of the fourth-seeded Bulldogs brought mixed feelings.
Although Ateneo's semifinal exit was heartbreaking, Tricia was nonetheless proud to see the team she has been covering for a long time as its courtside reporter finally achieve a long-cherished dream.
The first year medicine student at Ateneo admitted she ardently followed the likes of Kirk Long, Noy Baclao, and the rest of the Ateneo team that scored five straight UAAP men’s championship from 2008 to 2012.
“I won't lie, super diehard Ateneo fan ako, panahon pa nina Kirk Long, Noy Baclao. Sila 'yung inaabangan ko,” the 20-yer-old charmer told Spin.ph.
“I remember then after school, I would watch their (Eagles) games on TV, then when I'm in Manila, my sister would take me to the games,” she added.
But everything changed when she became a courtside reporter assigned to cover the NU Bulldogs.
“I'm still a fan of the Blue Eagles, but naging family ko na 'yung Bulldogs. So it's more than just being a fan girl of a certain team, but being family na talaga. Mas malalim na talaga,” she continued.
The daughter of Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo and the late DILG secretary Jessie Robredo revealed that Ateneo-NU games became the hardest ones she had to cover, since both teams were close to her heart.
“Ateneo versus NU games are the hardest for me to cover. Pero ngayon hindi ako sad, there's no torn feeling. If Ateneo-NU ang nag-Finals I'd be super happy. But now that NU has made it, happy talaga ako.”