The granite marker memorializing its completion was unveiled at 2:00 PM by University of the Philippines officials led by President Alfredo E. Pascual, UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma; several principal sponsors in the persons of Ms. Robina Gokongwei-Pe of Robinsons Handyman and Robinsons Supermarkets; Filoil Gas Corp. President Francisco Pasicolan; Mr. Patrick Gregorio of Digitel Mobile/Sun Cellular; officers of the Alpha Sigma Fraternity; UPAA President Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr., Directors Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr., and Norberto P. Mendoza, and UP-MBT co-managers Rico Domingo and Rey Madrid.
The seed money came some 10 years ago from then Senator John Osmeña, but unfortunately the donation was just enough for the flooring and the roof. After about a decade, other donors in the likes of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Smart Communications CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, Filoil Gas Corp. CEO Rafael Villavicencio, and others already mentioned above, chipped in
The unveiling was preceded by a game between the UPIS Basketball Team and the UPIS Legends (alumni players). After the unveiling, another game between the UP Fighting Maroons and a professional team from the PBA, Global Port/”Batang Pier,” took place.
The new UP-MBT Gym augurs well for the Fighting Maroons. Since practicing in the facility, they have racked up a string of victories in pre-UAAP tournaments.