AFTER his inspiring collegiate basketball career, former University of the Philippines star Paul Desiderio shared his life story in the drama anthology Maala Mo Kaya last Saturday.
From his humble beginnings in Cebu to his iconic battle cry "Atin 'To" in the UAAP, Desiderio showed that nothing is impossible if you don't give up.
After 32 long years, UP finally made it back to the UAAP men's basketball finals with the pint-sized team captain leading the way against the defending champion Ateneo.
Although the Blue Eagles proved too much for the Fighting Maroons and swept the best-of-three finals series, Desiderio and the UP team reinvigorated the entire University of the Philippines and gave them renewed hope and confidence.
After his UAAP career, he was drafted by NLEX to play in the 44th Season of the PBA.
Actor and basketball enthusiast Ronnie Alonte played the role of Desiderio and the hashtag #MMKMrAtinTo trended on social media.