MVP will still support UP Maroons

Posted at 11/27/2012 7:01 PM | Updated as of 11/28/2012 11:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) still plans to support the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons despite his recent reconciliation with alma mater Ateneo de Manila University.

Pangilinan severed ties with the Ateneo last September due to their opposing views on mining. A month later, the telco executive revealed that he donated P5 million to UP as he expressed his admiration for the Fighting Maroons. 

But last Monday, the Ateneo announced that they had renewed ties with Pangilinan, which also led to the hiring of Bo Perasol, a former Fighting Maroon, as the new head coach of the Blue Eagles. 

Despite this, Pangilinan said he will not abandon UP.

"In respect of the UP Maroons, I have told my friends at and from UP that I will help. That stands," Pangilinan said in an e-mail to ANC's Coco Alcuaz.

"Of course, the level of support from the Maroons would not be as extensive as that for the Blue Eagles," he added.

Pangilinan and the MVP Sports Foundation have contributed a "significant donation" to Ateneo's Sports Endowment Fund, though the businessman refused to disclose how much he donated.

As for the issues that led to his split from the Ateneo, Pangilinan said they have put those aside for now.

"We decided to set aside issues about mining for the moment," he said. "As to the RH (Reproductive Health) Bill, there really never way any discussion (or disagreement) about it, so this does not arise as an issue."

Pangilinan said he is treating sports "as a standalone activity" separate from the contentious issues that affected his relationship with the university.

"This simply reflects my conviction that the values which sports represent must be greater than any one of us, above potentially divisive issues," he said.