After Gilas won against rival South Korea, the UP community quickly rolled out their red carpet for Carl Tamayo after his auspicious performance in his debut with the Gilas Pilipinas men’s team in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.

/ 19 June 2021

The University of the Philippines (UP) celebrated not only for the Gilas’ triumph over South Korea but for seeing what a bright future holds for the team in its bid in the UAAP men’s basketball.

After seeing the 19-year-old Tamayo clutching in for 10 points on 4-5 shooting from the field in just 10 minutes of gameplay, the UP community led by University president Danny Concepcion quickly extended their welcome to the future Fighting Maroon. 

In the dramatic match, when the Philippine squad fell behind by as much as 17 points, Tamayo was one who started a comeback with an early three-point shot followed by four key points in the final quarter. 

UP top brass consisting of Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo, College of Human Kinetics Dean Kiko Diaz, and Maroons team manager and top supporter Jonvic Remulla all watched the match together and were thrilled for the impressive performance of Tamayo. 

After the empathic win by the Gilas, praises filled the room as congratulatory messages were extended by the alumni that also included Philippine Rowing Association president Patrick Gregorio. 

“Carl were so proud of you, we were all watching. You did a heck of a job,” Remulla expressed. 

“Welcome to UP,” he added. 

Remulla then, in a joking manner, warned the incoming UP big man about allowing himself to be recruited by other schools.

Hayup ka, huwag kang magpapanakaw sa iba,” he said, drawing laughter from the UP officials.

But they all agreed that Tamayo has a bright future ahead of him, that in time, he will dawn the maroon and white jersey.

Mabuhay ka Carl! UP Fight!,” they chorused.