Polo Labao reverts to its home—UP Fighting Maroon

Just when Polo Labao is set to play for the Blue Eagles he decided to go back to its roots with the UP Fighting Maroons.

/ 8 September 2020

Labao was a former student-athlete of the UP Integrated School (UPIS). 

One of his best plays was where he led the UPIS to overpower the 7 point lead of De La Salle Zobel during the UAAP Juniors Season 79 with 1 minute and 14 seconds on the clock. 

Polo’s winning lay-up shot ended the game with a score of 60-53 on the board.

In addition, UPIS’ first win in UAAP Season 81 was achieved through a hard-play game as they try to catch a 10-point lead against DLSZ. 

Yet, UPIS was able to bounce back after Polo and his teammate Jacob Estrera slashed a strong offensive play resulting in multiple fast breaks that ended the game with 9 points discrepancy, 50-41.

As his career in high school nears its end, he tried his luck at UP and Ateneo where the latter accepted him.

Despite being accepted in the Blue and white squad, he waited for his UPCAT result where his reconsideration letter to go for UP Diliman was welcomed. 

Polo decided to let go of his UP-dream and chose to go to Ateneo as it was his parent’s choice in which he did not regret.

Ang ganda ng experience ko talaga sa Ateneo…Hindi rin maiiwasan yung thoughts na what if I stayed in UP. Pero nung andoon na ako sa Ateneo, ‘di ko na talaga iniisip,” he shared.

Last March when he had a casual talk with one of the recruits of UP, Dale Villajuan, who shared that the Fighting Maroons wanted him back. With this being said, he followed his heart after getting the approval of his parents.

Sobrang okay na ako sa Ateneo. But nung nagkaroon ako ng chance to transfer sa UP, I thought about it since okay na ‘yung position ko sa Ateneo. Nakapag-adjust na ako sa environment and all. Pero at the end of the day, masusunod pa rin kung ano yung gusto mo,” he propounded.

The Fighting Maroons confirmed his return through their twitter account in which Polo retweeted the same with a red-three hearts on it.