The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP ) is a rich source of showbiz material. In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t know, the UAAP was the launching pad to showbiz of, to name some of them, Bobby Jaworski, Freddie Webb, Francis Arnaiz, Joey Marquez, Atoy Co, Benjie Paras, Yoyong Martirez, Jimmy Santos, Jonas Mariano, Jason Webb, James Yap, BJ Manalo, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Jojo Lastimosa, JV Gayoso, Bong Alvarez, Iago Raterta, Bruce Cabral, Zanjoe Marudo, Chris Tiu and Xian Lim.
“Some of them have quit showbiz after a very brief stay while others are still active,” said Felix Manuel, one of Funfare’s “beauty experts.”
The 2011 UAAP, hosted by Ateneo de Manila University (with six Men’s Seniors titles), opened last Saturday, July 9, at the Marikina Sports Park in Marikina City with the theme All Out, All Heart (the games started last Sunday at the Big Dome). Highlight was the lighting of the torch which has already been making the rounds of the eight UAAP members, also including University of Santo Tomas (18 Men’s Seniors titles and 38 general championships), Far Eastern University (19 Men’s Seniors titles, 16 general championships), University of the Philippines (two Men’s Seniors titles, five general championships), National University (one Men’s Seniors title and three general championships), University of the East (18 Men’s Seniors titles and three general championships), Adamson University (one Men’s Seniors title) and De La Salle University (seven Men’s Seniors titles).
As in past UAAP seasons, Felix has made a roster of “UAAP Hotties,” four from each school. Here they are: