Do you agree with the comparison between the UP men's basketball team and Slam Dunk's Shohoku?
MANILA, Philippines – The rise of University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in the 81st season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball tournament filled millennials with nostalgia as they compared the UAAP underdogs to Shohoku, the protagonist in Japanese manga Slam Dunk.
All over the world, Filipinos have been expressing their support for UP men's basketball team (MBT) after they made history for reaching the UAAP finals after 32 years.
Aside from organizing viewing parties and engaging in meme wars, netizens also began sharing fan arts for the basketball team. One of them is Philip Lorenzana Reytiran who illustrated a poster of the UP MBT that is eerily similar to Slam Dunk illustrations.
Entitled "Pride x Nostalgia", Reytiran said he could not help but reminisce his early years in the state university, "then going home early to catch each episode of Slam Dunk." The Filipino version of Slam Dunk premiered in the Philippines in early 2000s.
"When UP MBT made it to the Final Four, that’s when I thought of doing the illustrations as a way of support, even though I am no longer based in the Philippines. That's all I can do for now," he added in mixed Filipino and English.