(SPOT.ph) Aside from the screaming fans, perky cheerleaders complete with pom-poms, and sweaty (but hot!) basketball players on court, a UAAP basketball game wouldn't be complete without that pretty girl standing by the dug-out with a mic in hand, reporting what went down during the game. Ever since it started airing on Studio 23 in 2002, a courtside reporter, usually female, has been a mainstay in every UAAP basketball game. And for years, we've ogled and admired them.
So we ask the inevitable question: what is the secret to being a good courtside reporter? More than a decade after the games began airing on live television, we're still wondering. But we do know this: she has to have the grace, brains, beauty, and most importantly, the charm that keeps us glued to our TV screens for two hours.
We rounded up this season's eight female courtside reporters (five are returning and three are new), and ranked them based on looks and their ability to deliver amid the chaos of this well-loved sport.
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8. NU's Tricia Robredo
Her last name sounds familiar (her dad was the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo), but she's already making a name for herself thanks to her stint as the newest NU courtside reporter. A pre-med student at the Ateneo de Manila University, this hardworking girl is already showing dedication to her new role by adjusting her academic schedule to allow more time for UAAP games. In an interview with ABS-CBNNews.com, she talks about her goal to deliver substantial and objective reports every time and has dedicated her Wednesdays solely to the sport. With her cute smile, intellect, and dedication, we're pretty excited to hear what she has to say about the NU Bulldogs!
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7. UE's Katz Salao
Her loyalty may be a bit confusing (remember her cheer blunder during last year's UAAP Cheerleading Competition?) but somehow Katz Salao made it out alive (but will still be remembered in this meme) and returns for a second go as UE's courtside reporter. Despite this mistake (hey, no one's perfect!), we're pretty glad to see this morena stunner in front of the cameras again. The way she almost always reports with a smile (whether her team's winning or not) and with eloquence is something to be admired.
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6. Ateneo's Selina Dagdag
Last season, Selina had her cake and ate it, too. No, we don't mean that she's selfish. It's just that aside from having gorgeous locks, flawless skin, and crystal-clear delivery during all the Ateneo games, her team also won its five-peat championship - a legacy she has always wanted to be a part of. Now that she's on her second year as a reporter, and armed with more knowledge, she remains a sweet, articulate reporter who displays grace under pressure despite her team's many losses (Ateneo: 2-4).
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5. UP's Bea Fabregas
We're guessing you've probably heard her voice on air (former Junior Jock at Magic 89.9 and a current DJ at 99.5 PLAY FM) and/or saw her last year reporting for her alma mater (Yup, she's an Iskolar ng Bayan). This rosy-cheeked mestiza is no stranger to the tension and pressure of UAAP Sports, having been an accomplished UAAP Tennis player herself. She definitely showed promise last season, and now that she has returned, she hopes to report about her school in the best way possible.
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