Return to Blue Eagle Gym brings back a lot of memories

MPBL officials headed by commissioner Kenneth Duremdes rekindled great memories playing at the historic Blue Eagle Gym as the league held its double header on Thursday night.

The Blue Eagle Gym served as the venue for the UAAP during the 1990s.

Then the star player of the Adamson Falcons, Duremdes had his great moments at the venue while making the Falcons the perennial contender in the prestigious collegiate tournament.

“Ang venue noon either Ateneo (Blue Eagle Gym) or Rizal Memorial. I played in the UAAP from 1990 to 1993,” Duremdes told FOX Sports Philippines. “Even the Fr. Martin’s Cup was held here at the Blue Eagles Gym and we won the championship. I was fortunate to be named the MVP.”

As a member of the Falcons, Duremdes along with Marlou Aquino and EJ Feihl led the team all the way to the championship round, but they were upset by Johnny Abarrientos and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

Zaldy Realubit, the operations head of the league, also had great memories at the venue.

“Naglaro kami ng tune up game kalaban yung Ateneo nung mid-80s, Mama’s Love pa yata kami noon. Kung hindi ako nagkakamali nasiko ko pa si Danny Francisco,” added Realubit.

Emerson Oreta, team coordinator of the MPBL, was a former juniors MVP in the UAAP for the UST team that won a championship in 1996.

“My most memorable here was in 1996, kasi juniors pa lang ako naglalaro na ako dito sa (Blue Eagle Gym). Ang rivalry before is Ateneo and UST (juniors). Sina BJ Manalo, sina Enrico Villanueva yung nakakalaban namin. Memorable for me yung 1996 when I won the MVP and a championship then 1997, rookie na ako sa seniors sa UST,” added Oreta.