#Atin82 for UP Men’s Basketball Team is powered by ardent sponsors

| Written by Stephanie Cabigao

The UP Men’s Basketball Team has once again become a UAAP basketball team bet. Sliding into a fresh season, the team is powered by not only a solid player line up, but also its ardent sponsors, such as the asset management company, Januarius Holdings Inc.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion (3rd from left) awards the iconic Oblation trophy to one of UPMBT’s staunch supporters Januario Jesus “JJ” Atencio (middle), founder and CEO of Januarius Holdings Inc. (Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO)


In a renewal of partnership held on August 22 at the UP Executive House, the UP Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT) and Januarius Holdings Inc. (JHI) signed a memorandum of agreement. The signing was graced by UPMBT Team Manager and Chairman of NOWHERETOGOBUTUP Atty. Agaton Teodoro Uvero; Cocoy Mercado, Executive Committee member of NOWHERETOGOBUTUP Foundation, Inc.; Rina Tan; and, Head Coach Dolreich Perasol. UP Officials were represented by President Danilo Concepcion; UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Francis Carlos Diaz; Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili III; and, Atty. Gabriela Concepcion. Attending from Januarius Holdings Inc. party were its founder and CEO, Januario Jesus “JJ” Atencio, and Januarius COO Marcy Valenzuela.


Coming together, the UPMBT with Mr. Januario Jesus “JJ” Atencio, Atty. Agaton Teodoro Uvero and UP President Danilo Concepcion during the signing of the memorandum of agreement. (Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO)


“I asked for a genie; instead an angel was given to us,” Renan Dalisay, founder of NOWHERETOGOBUTUP Foundation, confessed. He referred to JJ Atencio backing his full support of the UPMBT for this season.

Despite being an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University, Atencio identifies with the story of the UPMBT, and saw the potential of UP in finally getting the title this season. “Third time’s a charm, so we win it all,” he expressed during the signing.

In his short message, Fighting Maroon Kobe Paras signified the team’s gratitude for the unwavering support of its ardent supporters which is vital for the team’s progress, especially in earning the championship title.