Dan Palami, Azkals team manager. Danny Pata

What he has done with the Azkals and Philippine football, Dan Palami will now try to do for the long-suffering University of the Philippines men’s basketball team.

The Azkals manager confirmed on Tuesday that he has accepted the offer to become the new team manager of the Fighting Maroons - his way, he said, of giving back to the state-run institution where he earned his accountancy degree and studied law.

"When your alma mater calls for help, you don’t think too much of the risk,” Palami said on Tuesday. “But you think more of it as an obligation to an institution that has been responsible for forming you and making you what you are right now.”

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UAAP set to scrap residency requisite (April 12, 2014)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines — Former juniors star Jerie Pingoy may just see action in this year’s UAAP men’s basketball as the league looks to scrap the contentious two-year residency rule even before the Senate passes the Magna Carta of Student-Athletes.

But the UAAP Board also plans to address the “commercialization” of the country’s premier collegiate league by putting a cap on the benefits offered to student-athletes, particularly basketball players.

“We support the scrapping of the residency rule as long as the excessive benefits are addressed,” said Mark Molina, Far Eastern University’s representative to the UAAP Board. “It’s going to be very unfair if we take up the residency issue without addressing the bigger problem, which is commercialization.”

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UP proposes reforms for UAAP (April 12, 2014)
Rick Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines – During the public hearing for the two proposed senate bills for the protection of student-athletes, Dean Ronaldo Dizer of the University of the Philippines’ College of Human Kinetics bared some ideas from his school regarding reforms in the UAAP.

Dizer scored the lack of rules based on recruiting practices and called for their removal.

“They are immoral and unethical,” underscored the State University official.

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UP, FEU push for piracy reforms in UAAP (April 11, 2014)
Job B. de Leon [ Source: GMA Network ]


The UAAP board of representatives is working on reforming transparency measures to curb unfettered piracy between its member schools, said representatives from the University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University.

Professor Ronualdo Dizer, UP's representative and dean of the College of Human Kinetics, outlined a rough proposal during the hearing on the Senate Bill No. 2166, or the Magna Carta of Student-Athletes.

Dizer said his proposal was a solution to the deadlock between the reactionary two-year residency rule that the board passed last year to inhibit under-the-table deals that were seen as incentives for student-athletes to change schools in the UAAP.

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Senator Pia Cayetano. c/o Pia Cayetano staff

Senator Pia Cayetano said she will not hesitate to crack down on "scholarships with benefits" during the first Senate public hearing on her Senate Bill No. 2166, known as the Magna Carta of Student-Athletes.

In what promised to be the first of several meetings on the issue, Cayetano and Senator Cynthia Villar invited representatives from different school-based athletic leagues to tackle policies on scholarships, residency, and the right to represent the country in international competitions.

But the most heated discussions came from the idea of the creeping "commercialization" of student-athletes, wherein the athletes or their parents are offered incentives beyond "reasonable allowances" for tuition, food, transportation, and lodging. These incentives, officially unacknowledged by the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP), were recognized among the factors that led to the implementation of the the controversial two-year residency rule for transfers between the league's member schools.

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Ex-National player Javelosa joins Ateneo (April 08, 2014)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo netted another blue-chip rookie as former National team mainstay Michael Jay Javelosa said Monday he will suit up for the Blue Eagles in the 77th UAAP basketball wars this July.

"I want to play for Ateneo to fulfill my promise to my late grandfather," said Javelosa.

Javelosa, 18, will thus join a plethora of coveted neophytes that include Arvin Tolentino of San Beda, and Clint Doliguez and John Apacible of Hope Christian School.

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It may be the summer break, but Bong de la Cruz, the new coach for the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers is already preparing for the next UAAP season.

De la Cruz replaced Pido Jarencio, who has moved on to coach the professional team GlobalPort in the PBA.

De la Cruz has close ties with UST, having played with the UST Tiger Cubs during high school alongside PBA legends Marlou Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes and EJ Feihl. He also snagged the Junior MVP title in 1988.

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