Last week, the first game of the UAAP Finals 2018 brought together students and alumni of the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila for what is now called "The Battle of Katipunan." This historical game has been a much-awaited event as it has been 32 years since UP has been part of the UAAP Finals. Although Ateneo had won in the first game, this did not diminish the fighting spirit in students and alumni of UP.
This inspired UP alumni Jehremiah Asis and Katherine Fernandez Asis to write a now viral anthem dedicated to their fellow supporters, where they took Gary Granada's "Nang Matalo ang Ginebra" and put their own spin to fit the ongoing finals series.
Right before they launch into song, Jehremiah states "Sa aming mga kaibigang Atenista, we love you! And to God be the Glory!"
Jehri even provided the lyrics in the post caption! Check it out below:
Nang Matalo sa Game 1 ang UP Maroons
(Lyrics ni Jehri Asis, UP Law 98, UP Econ 94; Tugtog ni Katherine Fernandez-Asis, UP Music 01.
Hango sa Nang Mag Champion ang Ginebra ni Gary Granada. No copyright infringement intended.)
Halos di ko na matandaan
Ang huling labanan ng Katipunan
Kaya nasiraan ako ng bait
Nang maubos ang ticket sa Ticketnet
Kantiyawan at alaskahan
Labanan sa Facebook hindi mapigilan
Iska at Isko tuloy lang ang respeto
Pagkat lahat tayo ay Pilipino
Pagbigyan niyo na ako, nasa finals na ang UP ko
Gumaan ng bahagya aking mundo
Pagbigyan niyo na kami, mula Jolo hanggang Aparri
Mag popost kami hanggang kayo’y marindi
Sa simula lumamang ng sampu
Ang galing talaga ng Ateneo
Pero may solution si Bo Perasol
Small ball offense ni Jun Manzo
Kaya kami biglang humabol
Di bale ng magka foul trouble
Last second tres na shoot before half time
Kami napasigaw KAYA TO ATIN TO
Pagbigyan niyo na ako, gustong magwala ng mga Isko (at Iska) Pagkakataong magbago ang mundo
Pagbigyan niyo na kami, 32 years in the making kasi
Huwag kokontra at kayo ang masisi
Nang third quarter ay nagsimula
May technical foul kami lahat tulala
Lalo pa itong pinasama
Si Bright Akhuete iika-ika
Pero talagang Fighting Maroons to
May import Ateneo tayo all Filipino
Kahit kinapos at tayo natalo
Ating isagaw: Game Two Atin To!
Di pa tapos ang ating laban
Game Two at Game Three Atin Pa Yan
Huwag mawalan ng loob, may pag asa
Kayang mag champion ng UP Maroons
Ganoon talaga ang bida
Talo muna sa unang sultada
Tunay Palaban at Makabayan
Kaya magcha-champion ang UP Maroons
Sana mag champion ang Fighting Maroons
Please Lord mag champion ang Winning Maroons
The finals game also inspired Raymund Marasigan's collaboration with rapper BLKD for their one-minute anthem titled "Atin 'To!" which is a nod to UP's hopeful claim for victory.
As the hours close in on Game 2, this song came just in time! Good luck to UP and Ateneo!
What did you think of their song? Comment below!
A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 9 nephews and nieces.