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Meet the Courtside Reporters of UAAP Season 79

We get to know them beyond the court.
Meet the Courtside Reporters of UAAP Season 79
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We get to know them beyond the court.

This season of UAAP is on its final stretch and there are just a few more games left before we find out who’ll bring home the title for this year’s Men’s Basketball Tournament. But apart from the thrilling games that each team provides on the court, there are the eight beauties who report and give us insights in between halftimes, overtimes, and the exciting buzzer beaters. We sit down and get to know these charming ladies as they share their experiences, plus their personal style.

Scroll down to find out more about this season’s courtside reporters!

Adamson University - Stef Monce

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On Stef: Dorothy Perkins striped polo and wrap skirt; H&M Sequined boots

Name: Stephanie Jean M. Monce

School you attend: Adamson University

What’s the best part of the job? 

“Getting to know and getting close to the players and learning about how and why they play the sport that they love. Seeing them speak about their passion is one of the best things you'll see in the league.”

What’s the most challenging part? 

“Getting them to answer my questions for my report. They always make jokes and I tend to forget what I was supposed to say every time I talk to them.

How do I prepare before a game? I prepare my initial reports so I won't get rattled every time I go on air.”

What’s the major blooper you had on air? 

“My first ever game in the UAAP, I remember it was against UST and I thought, 'Wait. What? Wow. Is this real life? Is this actually happening?' It just dawned on me that I’m actually reporting because it felt surreal, and then my earpiece got messed up so I messed up in the middle of my report also.”

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Describe your personal style.

“Honestly it depends on my mood, but I [usually] go for preppy or comfy and casual sportswear. Like jogger shorts + shirt + sneakers.”

Three closet items you can’t live without?

“Leggings/jogger shorts, denim jacket, and my Adamson shirts”

Three makeup musts? 

“Lip and cheek tint, eyeliner, and mascara”

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

“Well, in my early years before I went to college, I played volleyball and I used to be a varsity player in chess. So I'm guessing it's either of the two.”

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter?

“I wish I knew how to handle the outside noise well. Outside noise—meaning, the criticisms or the comments of other people who don't even know what's really happening in the position I'm in. That, and also how to write my reports in pure vernacular.”

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Ateneo de Manila University - Denice Dinsay

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Name: Denielle Irene A. Dinsay

School you attend: Ateneo de Manila University

What’s the best part of the job?

“I love learning so it would be, hands down, getting to learn the ropes and tricks of the trade from the top dogs in the sports journalism industry.”

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What’s the most challenging part? 

“Not being affected when my team loses.”

How do you prepare before a game? 

“First, I pray to God. I also practice my reports with my mom (repeatedly until she thinks it’s good enough), and minutes before I report, I drink water to keep me calm.”

What’s the major blooper you had on air? 

“During my debut! We were against UST and I forgot to say, 'Back to you' in all my reports. There was also this one game against FEU when Aaron Black, who was my blockmate, got injured and mid-report, I looked back—a big no-no!”

Describe your personal style

“Comfortable but presentable. I have a lot of blues and whites in my closet.” 

Three closet items you can’t live without? 

“Jean shorts, white shirts, polos”

Three makeup musts?

“I don’t really use makeup, so definitely a smile!”

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What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

“I used to play badminton in high school, so it would be badminton.”

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter?

“Never be afraid to ask. For someone who is new to reporting, I didn’t know much so I did ask advice and counsel from the directors, my fellow courtside reporters, the staff, and the analysts in the game to help me improve and grow.”

De La Salle University - Bea Escudero

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Name: Ysabelle Beatriz W. Escudero

School you attend: De La Salle University 

What’s the best part of the job?

“The best part of my job is doing the two things I really love: Being in front of the camera and talking about the sport I grew up watching! I grew up playing all kinds of sports but Football was really what I focused on when I was in grade school until I graduated high school. My dad also influenced me in some way because watching UAAP every year became a routine for us—even if he cheers for Ateneo. I guess that’s why pursuing this dream of mine really does mean everything to me.” 

What’s the most challenging part?

“Keeping my cool when I’m reporting especially if it gets really exciting and also not getting distracted with the game because I really love watching my team play. I mean, who wouldn’t get excited? I have the best seat in the house.”

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How do you prepare before a game?

“I visit my team’s practice twice or thrice a week and I make sure that I am able to talk to the coaching staff and, if possible, all the players. I find it helpful because I can use what I got from them in writing my reports for the games. I also pray, of course. I find that I am more calm when I do so.” 

What’s the major blooper you had on air?

“I think it would be the times that I stutter and get distracted that I lose my train of thought on air about what my next point is all about. That’s always pretty embarrassing for me—especially when I watch the replays! I cringe!” 

Describe your personal style.

"I can say that I am a very laid-back kind of person when it comes to my style. I always go for neutral tones and I find that dressing in a simple manner is always the way to go."

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Three closet items you can’t live without?

“White sneakers, jeans, and v-necks most definitely!”

Three makeup musts?

“Eyebrow pencil, bronzer, powder”

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

“Football/Futsal!”

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter?

“Don’t let anybody tell you that you are not capable of chasing your own dreams. Being a courtside reporter is definitely not an easy task because it requires a lot of hard work, practice, and focus. If you really want it, go for it! Because this job is definitely worth it. No doubt.”

National University - Ira Pablo

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Name: Ianira Mae B. Pablo

School you attend: University of the Philippines Diliman

What’s the best part of the job? 

“I grew up watching basketball, so the best part of the job is having a seat literally on the basketball court!”

What’s the most challenging part? 

“Trying to write a report, because I wanna enjoy the game as well.”

How do you prepare before a game? 

“You can only prepare so much for a game because you'll never know what will happen in that game. So what I do is, I get back to what happened in my team's previous game and if possible, interview some coaches and players because I won't get to do that during the game itself.”

What’s the major blooper you had on air?

“I don't really remember, but there are times when I stumble upon my words when I talk too fast and look at my notes on air.”

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Describe your personal style.

“Anything that Kim K would approve of!”

Three closet items you can’t live without?

“A perfect black dress, a jewelry watch, and pearl earrings!”

Three makeup musts?

“Eyebrow liner, volumizing mascara, and a contour kit!”

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

“I don't have a sport. Before I became a courtside reporter, I was a freelance makeup artist.”

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter?

“I got rejected during my first audition, then I tried again after two seasons. If you really want to be a courtside reporter, fight for it because it's worth it.”

University of the East - Paui Verzosa

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Name: Pauline Patricia G. Verzosa

School you attend: University of the Philippines Diliman

What’s the best part of the job? 

“Being part of something so big that is the UAAP and of course working alongside the best people in the industry. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and we’re definitely blessed to be given this opportunity.”

What’s the most challenging part? 

“Consistently trying to give a better performance each game compared to the last because there is ALWAYS room for improvement! I’m a perfectionist like that.”

How do you prepare before a game?

“I make sure I outline all the information I need about the team and I always prepare baon (extra reports) just in case I run out of things to say during the game. I also rehearse my reports on the court itself before the team comes out just so I can get a feel of the crowd and the venue.”

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What’s the major blooper you had on air? 

“Someone called my name from the crowd right before I was about to deliver my first report so when I went on-air I wasn’t looking at the camera and had to scramble to get the first words of my report out! Yikes!”

Describe your personal style

“Laid-back but classy. I opt to go for neutral colors, not too flashy pieces, and comfortable ensembles.”

Three closet items you can’t live without? 

“Anything sleeveless, leggings, denim jacket”

Three makeup musts?

“Foundation, blush, mascara”

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

“Cheerdancing"

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter?

“Take the job seriously and aspire to get better every way you can. More than what meets the eye, being a CSR doesn’t just require charm but a whole lot of wit, too. Just have faith and work hard!”

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 University of the Philippines - Niña Alvia

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NameMaria Cristina Josefina H. Alvia

School you attendUniversity of the Philippines Diliman

What’s the best part of the job?

"At first, I thought the best part was that I got to achieve one of my college goals at such an early part of my college life. This job was my dream since I was a freshman in high school. Now, I realized my life has surpassed everything I’ve ever dreamt of. To participate in monumental events in the UAAP, and especially witnessing the growth of the Fighting Maroons (basketball and volleyball) at such a historic state was the most honorable privilege ever. To pass on to the UP community and the audience what it truly means to be a Fighting Maroon—no words can ever encapsulate the honor I feel to do just that."

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What’s the most challenging part?

"Definitely making reports at such a short span of time, but then also holding in all my feelings! You can’t show that you’re too proud or you’re too sad for your team; you still have to be professional when you’re reporting."

How do you prepare before a game?

"Right before a game, I always pray that the Fighting Maroons win and nobody gets injured. I also pray that I do well with my reports. Aside from that, of course, I visit the team to get more notes, I have my makeup done, have the pre-game meeting, and last but not the least, I eat!"

What’s the major blooper you had on air?

"In the volleyball season, when the Lady Maroons won a game, I was having the post-game interview with Marian Buitre and instead of saying 'Thank you and Congratulations!', I said 'Thank you and Good Luck!'

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"Another one is in Season 79 in the second round game of UP vs NU, I was caught on camera multiple times intensely cheering for the boys—it really is very hard for me to contain my feelings for the team!"

Describe your personal style

"Athleisure! If given the choice, I’d wear my leggings or sports shorts-shirt-rubber shoes combo every single day. Well, I do anyway in school already!"

Three closet items you can’t live without?

"Rubber shoes, leggings, jacket"

Three makeup musts?

"I don’t really wear makeup unless I’m required to, but I always have my facial wipes with me!"

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter?

"Oooh, this is hard because I love sports! Good thing I’m in the College of Human Kinetics! But I think I would have wanted to not quit competitive gymnastics. I also wish I could still play Football since I was in the varsity back in high school. One sport I wish I was given a chance to focus on at a younger age is track and field, but sadly, we didn’t have a track and field team back in high school."

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One thing you wish you knew before becoming a courtside reporter? 

"Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Step out of your comfort zone; be curious and passionate about the job. You’ll learn more than just about reporting if you allow yourself to grow."

University of Santo Tomas - Angelique Manto

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Name: Mary Angelique S. Manto

School you attend: University of Santo Tomas

What’s the best part of the job? 

“Being able to do what I love the most, which is reporting, working with the best in the industry, and having that relationship with the team.”

What’s the most challenging part? 

“Trying to keep my emotions at bay when my team is experiencing its lowest.”

How do you prepare before a game?

“Since I go to the venue with the team through our bus, we drop by the church and pray before heading to the venue. I always practice before the coverage and I turn my phone off so as to not disturb me during the game!”

What’s the major blooper you had on air?

“I consider my first ever report as my biggest blooper! I was so excited to report that my pitch was VERY high and to me it sounded annoying! But I’m happy that they still loved that debut!”

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Describe your personal style.

“I’m a hubadera type of dresser—I’m not that afraid to show some skin, but still with class.”

Three closet items you can’t live without? 

“Bodysuits, culottes, white sneakers!”

Three makeup musts? 

“Eyebrow gel, highlighter, matte lipstick”

What sport would you be playing if you’re not a courtside reporter? 

“I played a bit of volleyball before so I think I’d be a volleyball player!”

One thing you wish you knew before becoming a court side reporter?

Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat! It’s definitely okay to be inquisitive because you gain more knowledge and learn a whole lot more! It’s all a matter of being courageous enough to ask.”


Photos by Wilmark Jolindon

Makeup by Jason Delos Reyes and Don de Jesus

Hair styling by Mark Rosales

Illustrated by Agatha Comia

Art directed by Gab Gutierrez

Produced and Styled by Steph Sison

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