The NU Bulldogs had just won the Season 77 UAAP men’s basketball crown, and Eric Altamirano was nowhere to be seen.
Coach E was set to receive one of several sponsor-driven awards that were being handed out in the minutes following the Bulldogs’ improbable run that ended a 60-year title drought, but the amiable head mentor apparently wasn’t on the Araneta Coliseum floor anymore.
Oh, he was still in the venue, it’s just that he was doing something that, to his mind, was more important than receiving an award. A fine coach and an even finer gentleman, Altamirano was in the locker room of the FEU Tamaraws, the team the Bulldogs had just vanquished, to talk to his counterpart Nash Racela and make sure he was okay.
Altamirano eventually made his way back to the center of the festivities to accept his award, and as usual he spoke calmly and humbly. Looking at him, you wouldn’t think he had just helped end the longest championship drought in UAAP men’s basketball history.
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