AB alumna is still UST’s courtside reporter


EXPECT A “new and improved” version of her.

This is the promise of Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) alumna Mary Angelique Manto to the Thomasian community as she renewed her role as the University’s courtside reporter in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79.

Manto, who graduated with a degree in Communication Arts (CA) this year, told the Flame that she will continue to be as positive, curious, and inquisitive as she was in Season 78.

“They can still expect the same positive Angelique they saw last year—that same person who fell in love [with the] teams, and the possibly new and improved me in terms of reports and handling myself,” Manto said.

Her training under the CA program of AB helped her in understanding the technical things and values needed in the industry of courtside reporting, Manto noted.

Iba kasi kapag you absorb the work ethics na sa school pa lang [ay ipinapa-experience] na sa iyo,” she said. “I’m happy that [the] UST AB and CA have instilled in me proper and great work ethics.”

Manto also believes that the losses endured by Thomasian athletes last season will motivate them to bring back the glory to the University.

“Coming from the past season, masyado tayong maraming pinaghuhugutan ng lakas… It will only feed the hunger we need for greatness, ‘di ba? I have no doubts in my heart that they will do their best, as in all our teams,” she said, adding that this UAAP season with UST as host will give pressure to the Thomasian athletes.

Manto’s performance as courtside reporter last season—which also served as her audition tape for her renewal of her position in Season 79—gave the CA alumna the opportunity to work for UST for the second straight year, the maximum number of years for a university courtside reporter.

The Tigers will try to notch its first win in the season against the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles on Sept. 4, Sunday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. VANN MARLO M. VILLEGAS

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