JUST a few hours after CJ Cansino shared screenshots of a group chat where members of the University of Santo Tomas men's varsity team complained about the food and boredom during their bubble training in Sorsogon, a Facebook fan page of the Tigers painted an altogether different picture.
The Facebook page “The Growling Tigers of UST” shared a gallery of four photos that showed the players enjoying a seafood boodle feast and a Korean BBQ meal together and later posing and smiling for the camera.
The fan page wrote the caption: “In light of the allegations of poor food quality conditions in the UST “bubble” training, we received from an anonymous source alleged photos of meals shared by the team together in Sorsogon. We are just sharing these photos for information purposes only.”
The photos ran counter to the situation described by the players in a group chat, the screenshots of which were shared by Cansino on Twitter on Wednesday with his former teammates' permission. The posts have since been deleted.
“Sakin po, di rin okay ‘yung food kasi minsan mamantika talaga at walang lasa,” one UST player, Marck Lina, said in the chat.
Brent Paraiso added: “Minsan lang po kumain si coach kasabay namin, pero kanila, iba food sa taas. ‘Yung sinasabi sa inyo na same lang na food sila samin, hindi po totoo ‘yun.”
UAAP Season 82 MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo also weighed in: “Everyone of us [has that one food that we] prefer and used to eat, but here, we just eat what they cook even if we don’t like that food. Home sick, very bored here, poor signal, not comfortable in my body, not happy for all this.”
Sought for comment on the photos of hearty meals they supposedly shared during their time in Sorsogon, one person who was there said photos were all just for the show.
“’Yung nasa taas na picture [seafood], ‘yan lang ‘yung isang beses na pumunta kami sa resort,” a source said. “’Yung ibang pictures, sasabihin niya, mag-smile kami kasi ise-send niya sa mga magulang.”
Oh, well. This is one Food War that has become quite tasteless, frankly.