Together again: Pangilinan, Ateneo kiss, make up



It looks like tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan has patched things up with Ateneo de Manila University barely two months after their celebrated breakup.

Five unimpeachable sources, including those privy to the reconciliation talks, told the Inquirer on Saturday that Pangilinan,  chair of the PLDT group of companies, has kissed and made up with his alma mater and will renew a relationship that has seen the Blue Eagles capture five straight basketball titles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

“It’s just like marriage. They were separated, but they didn’t divorce,” one of the sources said. The sources asked that they not be named because they did not want to preempt the announcement of both camps.

The impending reconciliation has also prompted Ateneo to bring back Bo Perasol, the former pro coach endorsed by Pangilinan, to mentor the Blue Eagles in the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Two months ago, Pangilinan severed ties with Ateneo—the alma mater he generously helped in various ways, from bankrolling the sports program to putting up new school buildings—due to their opposing views on mining and the contentious reproductive health bill.

But the Inquirer sources said there were “ongoing talks” between the two camps the past days to mend what had been described as “irreconcilable differences.”


“They have been talking and rebuilding the relationship. It looks very positive,” a source said. It was not known how the two parties dealt with the differences.

The university is set to make an official statement on Monday with a letter from Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, Ateneo president, to the alumni. Pangilinan himself was said to have given his input to the letter.

Among those greatly affected by Pangilinan’s “complete disengagement” from Ateneo in September was the Blue Eagles, whom the tycoon solely bankrolled in the past decade. The breakup had come in the middle of Ateneo’s drive for a fifth straight UAAP championship.

Although the Blue Eagles went on to defeat University of Santo Tomas in two straight games to capture the championship, Pangilinan’s withdrawal forced Ateneo to quickly set up a basketball endowment fund to draw contributions from the alumni and other sponsors to help sustain the Blue Eagles’ successful sports program.

Offsetting the loss

“With MVP’s departure, we have had to reassess our basketball programs and institute structural changes to offset this loss,” Father Villarin, wrote in a memo to the university.

Pangilinan quitting as the university’s top sports patron also forced Ateneo and Perasol “to release each other from the obligations” of a three-year coaching contract.

Perasol said he had to back out of the appointment as successor of coach Norman Black, saying there’s “no doubt in my mind as to who my patron and benefactor is.”

Even before steering the Blue Eagles to a fifth-straight crown last month, Black had announced that he was stepping down to return to the pro league, the Philippine Basketball Association and a smooth transition had been set for Perasol’s takeover.

“It’s time to call it a day,” wrote Pangilinan, who also chairs Philex Mining Corp. “[Ateneo’s stand is] irreconcilable with our corporate position on mining and, for me, more importantly, my conviction as a Filipino.”

In reaction, Black also offered to resign in the middle of the UAAP season, but Pangilinan turned it down and said “the team shouldn’t suffer” from his decision.

Pangilinan supported the Blue Eagles until the end of their campaign in October, but was no longer a fixture at the Ateneo gallery.

But a “casualty” perhaps in the Ateneo-MVP reconciliation is the University of the Philippines, which looked headed to gain support from Pangilinan.

During the 50th anniversary of UP’s Alpha Sigma fraternity in October, Pangilinan donated P5 million to the state university “as an expression of my commitment to the future of UP.”

In his speech, Pangilinan made special mention of the Fighting Maroons, UP’s cellar-dwelling men’s basketball team, as one of the possible beneficiaries of his donation.

“There are many things about the people and spirit of UP which impress me,” said Pangilinan. “Every time I watch your men’s basketball team, I say to myself: Mukhang mababait naman sila (They look nice).”

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  • Barak_O

    tsapter na ang pagtataray ni mannylyn

  • vir_a

    For money’s sake, they have to come to terms with the sponsor.

  • agaylaya

    Kiss…who is kissing what? where? and how?

  • Philcruz

    Pangilinan: “There are many things about the people and spirit of UP which impress me. Every time I watch your men’s basketball team, I say to myself: Mukhang mababait naman sila (They look nice).”
    Ugh…! So now it’s back to the Blues? Poor Maroons. Or maybe he will support both teams. And cheer for both. 

    • turin55555

       Maybe he was trying to court the UP legal eagles and bureaucratic leaders to soften their stance against his business “misadventures” – i.e. Philex mining tailings, PLDT foreign ownership, etc.

      Apparently, he is only welcome to UP when there are no strings attached.

  • pinoyobserver

    So who is begging who? LOL.

  • turin55555

    Staged. Strategy.

    Please do not make us look like fools. 

  • pedronimo

    Once a Blue Eagle, always a Blue Eagle.

  • cali

    2 P lang naman ang laro = PERA & PRIDE!

  • $23257130

    san ba nanggaling ang pera ng baklitang yan? pppppwwweeeehhhh

  • upupperclassman

    When Ateneo and Pangilinan kiss and make up, who gives way in principles? It is interesting to know.

    • pinoyobserver

      So simple. Ateneo did.

      • rodolfo17

        You seem to know so much. What did they give up?

      • pinoyobserver

        Why should I tell you? Who are you?

      • rodolfo17

        Mere assumptions i suppose..

  • $14334231

    MVP lang pala ang tatalo sa ateneo…..dahil sa pera, sumuko si padre faura…….hehehe….

  • joerizal

    Wala kasi kayong mga bayag kaya hindi kayo makatayo sa prinsipyo niyo.

  • miguel29y

    Basketball lang yan. Bakit ba parang babaeng iniwan ng nobyo itong Ateneo. Nilalagay sa kompormiso ng mga kasalakuyang namamahala sa Paaralan na ito ang nakapaganda at napakalaking kasaysayan ng Ateneo sa patuloy nitong paghingi ng pabor kay Pangilinan. Pera-pera na lang ba?

    • hiddendragon

      You’re right. 

      Ateneo is an acknowledged leader in academics and the humanities (arguably), but Ateneans really have to get over this basketball thing after they graduate. Guys, you’ve graduated, the varsity is for the students still in the university.

      Get over it! get a life! go do something else!

      • pinoyobserver

        Acknowledged Leader in what? LOL.  Quality of education is OVER rated.  Think about how many HIGHLY educated people we now have in the Government service coming from so and so schools. SO WHAT? What have they done to advance the Filiipino people other than advancing their own elitist agenda? Character and what you have done to advance the common good is what matters and not what school you graduated from.

      • wonderer12

        You, sir, love to make hasty generalizations. :) How can you say that highly educated people in the government who came from reputable schools did nothing but advance their own elitist agenda? You see, I agree with your statement that character and what you’ve done for the common good is important, but is it enough to say that they are this and that just because they did this or did not do that? I just think that it’s unfair to judge these people from what we see on the surface – their observable behavior and actions. 

        Also, to bring in the issue of corruption-caused-by-alumni-from-this-school argument seems to stray from the main interesting point of this article. Who gave in? Was it a compromise for both parties or did one let go of his principles for the sake, as many would argue, of money?

        No hard feelings! :) I am in no way siding with anyone, just trying keep an open mind and not point fingers as to who is bad and who is not. Kudos!

      • pinoyobserver

        I did not say all graduates from so and so school only advanced their elitist agenda. There is always an exception to the rule. What most people generalize is that what school you graduated is somehow a barometer of success. I guess it depends on what you define as success.  My gauge of success of a person is their character and actions and not on what school they graduated from or who their friends are.

        No hard feelings at all and your point taken.

  • jpmd88

    In the end, it was simply a matter of one party needing more the support of the other.  For all their “holier than thou” stances about the RH bill and mining, they could not live without the support of their billionaire benefactor.

    Who are the hypocrites now?

    • abcd

       are you sure it was Ateneo who gave in and not the other way around?

      • Heyaa


        “holier than thou” stances?? have you even been reading the statements from this school? if anything, i realize jesuits are one of the more reasonable people from the church when it comes to issues the cbcp likes to bite in to. i may not agree with their stand but they have more reasonable arguments than other attack dogs of the church.

        also i dont see the school nor mvp compromising any of their principles. may just be a matter of dialogue and finding compromise that suits both sides if such a thing can happen for them

    • Jenny

      The university doesn’t force its stances down anybody’s throat and what’s more the entire community is highly encouraged to form its own opinions. The Jesuits, professors and pupils are very open-minded, tolerant and fair about the matter taking stances on both sides. 

      Have you heard of any order opening its doors to homosexual men and not out rightly denouncing contraceptives? The Jesuits are leading academics (scientists, humanists and historians etc.) and they may not be perfect (my Jesuit professor admits) but they’ve tried building a university with moral integrity.

      • berdengleon

        moral integrity? there’s no middle ground here, or is there for ateneo and the jesuits? oh yes, i remember, with MVP, there’s really laughable that “elitist” institutions and hypocritical orders can and will swallow their pride for money..oh, do i hear cyndi lauper in the background?

      • julymorning


      • Nick

        everybody knows here who is lowly, with your stupid insinuation, i bet you know too, ei?

    • A. P. F. V.

      “For all their “holier than thou” stances about the RH bill” 

      I believe you’re referring to UST.

  • maria

    Manny Pangilinan just proved that money can make a mountain move! As an Atenean, I won’t ever trust Manny again!

    • INQ_reader

      Agree 101%.

      This shows the practicality of MVP. He cannot win the public hearts after the disaster in Philex mines. Like you, I still don’t trust him. 

    • hiddendragon

      Wait, it was Manny who helped Ateneo financially, not the other way around. 

      The many Ateneans who have served poorly in the government proves everything and everyone has a price, including Ateneo’s basketball league. As an Atenean, I trust Manny’s business acumen, I trust Ateneo’s moral compass. You don’t have to sleep with them, Maria.

      So what happens to UP? What happens to that P1k each from 10k Ateneo alumni drive?

    • pinoyobserver

      You got it backwards.


    Just my 10 cent here.  If Manny Pangilinan is a true-blue Filipino, he should support a team that is laden with pure Filipinos. Not a team that has so many foreign players.  The main reason why I don’t watch the PBA nowadays is because of the so many foreign players.  Now, I’m beginning to distance myself watching the UAAP because of them.  Do we really need those foreign players?

    • spelster

      tumpak! simula nang ngkaroon ng mga “pogi” (fil-am,fil-tongan, fil-kung-anuman) players, nwalan na ko nang gana manood ng PBA. nung una, kahit mga mukhang tambay manlalaro (hehehe), ok lng. at least pure pinoy..

  • JosengSisiw1

    The priests will swallow evrything for money… do they really think 2 months is enough for delikadesa?

    • julymorning


      • JosengSisiw1

        easy…so you assumed that i’m not from that school? think again before you tell me to shut up. maybe i knew more than you do, maybe youre just one of those guys….who tried so hard to be called or to be one of the ateneans…my comment is my comment…kung may utak atenean ka siguro alam mo yung freedom of expression…

      • julymorning


      • JosengSisiw1

        did i say im atenean duh? do you still believe that a grammatical error counts on who or where you come from? i believed more on people who see things clearly without bias, do you really believed that all Jesuit priest are clean like what you believed your self is. Or maybe youre one of those priests, hehehe..please also check my spellings, hahaha…

  • pinoypower

    FVR, Erap, GMA and Pnoy are all alumni of Ateneo and so is MVP. If we are to link the value of education to government leadership, can we say that the state of our country now is dependent and will be dependent on Ateneo and its educational doctrine?

    • pinoyobserver

      I hope not because look where it has gotten the Phillipines so far. LOL.  You can keep your Ateneo education.  Once again, Ateneo education or education for that matter is way OVER rated.  Character is what counts and is not correlated to where you graduated from or what degree you earned for that matter.

  • Jared Obispo

    No more P5m for UP ! Haha :D

  • Jun Go

     that Pangilinan,  chair of the PLDT group of companies, has kissed and made up with his alma mater

    naku hinang-hina siguro mga male athletes ng ateneo nyan, marami marami ang dinimand ni mvp na ‘pasukuin’ para lang to get ‘moooorrrreeeeee’ ahhhh!

  • speedstream2

    Could it be that, as in politics, there are also no permanent enemies in the big business that is education?

  • Rednaxela VD

    Plain and simple.  Ateneo loves Manny (money)

  • spelster

    magkano ulit yung donation????


    Natakot si MVP sa restback ng masang Filipino.

    • turin55555

       Natakot si MVP dahil wala na syang pagkukuhanan ng mga maimpluwensyang abogado para sa mga problemang kinakaharap ngayon ng kanyang mga negosyo. Syempre, pag tapos tumalikod sa kanyang eskwelahan  na may maraming maimpluwensyang abogado e biglang pumunta sa UP. Mukhang ayaw din naman sa kanya ng UP. Saan pa kaya sya kukuha ng maipluwensyang abogado? E di balik sya muli (matapos nilang lunukin ang kanilang prinsipyo) sa mga padre ng Loyola para humingi ng resbak.

      • pinoyobserver

        You are so simple minded if you actually believe MVP suddenly can not get a top notch lawyer just because he split with his school.  Lawyers are BEGGING to be employed by MVP. LOL.

      • turin55555

        Totally disagree. Our courts are so deeply entrenched with influence peddling… His money wouldn’t work if those stacked against him and his business empire are so overwhelmingly powerful and influential…

      • pinoyobserver

        Totally disagree?  Your assumption is based on an “IF”.   There are only very few in this country who are more powerful and influential than he is.  Who among those few are against Mining and is going to put money down against MVP to stop it?  I will answer it for you: NONE. You know why? Simple, is there money to be made by spending money to go against mining?  I’ll let you answer that one.  NEXT!

  • droccu

    What relationship to reconcile? Pera pera lang naman ito, di ba?

  • Philcruz

    I look at his face and I see the face of ARROGANCE. He has been wearing this as he struts and swaggers around waving his wads at the sports world. And I can’t forget that remark he threw at us Filipinos at the height of the China-Philippine stand-off.. “Ang gulo gulo niyo” and he threatened to go back to Hongkong. As if he was the savior of the Philippine economy. Well, he is still here. I didn’t hear anybody pleading for him to stay.

  • mark anthony

    Let’s just wait for the official announcement and the reasons behind it than speculate here.

  • stealth ice

    With this development who gave up on their principles? Is the Jesuit agreed already to the mining and RH Bill or MVP gave up to the pressure of the Jesuit?

  • ben987654321


    SABI MO “FVR, Erap, GMA and Pnoy are all alumni of Ateneo and so is MVP. If we are to link the value of education to government leadership, can we say that the state of our country now is dependent and will be dependent on Ateneo and its educational doctrine?”

    alam mo ba kung ano ibig sabihin ng alumni? ibig sabihin nun graduate ka ng school. si gloria ba nag-aral man lang sa eskuwela?, si erap nag gradaute ba? di ba sinipa nga yan kasi barumbado. si ramos? di ba kumhuha yan ng non-certificate post grad course sa ateneo? eh si pnoy lang ang graduate sa pinagsasabi mo. ika nga eh – before you open your mouth, get your facts straight otherwise you’re likened to a toilet, ie/ toilet mouth which is just a repository of crap.

  • RomyLitz

    If the 5 million is a donation, that’s petty cash that even Joey can afford ! Its the evidence that he’s not one of the top ten richest in the Philippines but one of Salim’s front man only. Where the wealth comes from one of the crony’s of Suharto.

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Akala ko ba sabi ni MVP tungkol sa RH at mining yung issue ng dedmahan nila. Yun pala mining lang yung issue. Sus, ginamit pa yung RH para pabanguhin yung sarili nya.

  • floydelyn

    i read this somewhere and essentially it states that if a man says it’s not the money but the principle that is important, it’s the money actually. was the author right? i don’t know.

  • ricky

    it’s all about money.. principles are long dead.

  • joboni96

    ‘irreconcilable with our corporate position on mining and, for me, more importantly, my conviction as a Filipino.”

    iba ring konsepto ni pangilinan
    sa pagka pilipino daw niya

    payamanin ang dayuhan
    sa kasiraan ng pilipino

    pero tiba tiba sya ng pera

  • ligaya

    usapang bakla…

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