Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with 'swaggy' get up | Inquirer Sports

Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 05:59 PM October 26, 2017

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Derrick Pumaren is no longer a simple “manong,” for he is now undisputed fashion icon of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.

“Manong” Pumaren had done away with the simple buttoned-up red shirt of UE paired with slacks and loafers and now regularly sports adidas NMDs, printed t-shirts, an open polo, and that now trademark grey hoodie.

Put simply, Pumaren is now “Millennial Manong.”

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And that sudden change is his own initiative of being closer to his players who apparently dress a little simpler than him.

“This change is for my players, because I told them after our game against UST [University of Santo Tomas] that this would be the start of our season,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena when the Red Warriors lost 99-78 to La Salle.

UE was 0-6 prior to facing UST at the end of the first round and it was against the Growling Tigers the Red Warriors won their first game. They are now at 3-8 and still mathematically in contention for a Final Four spot.

One player, though, who encouraged Pumaren, who had clearly surpassed the half-century mark, is UE star Alvin Pasaol.

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“Manong is not getting any younger so I’ve been telling him to dress that way so he’ll feel younger,” said Pasaol with a laugh.

And Pumaren doesn’t mind that he had become UAAP’s walking “outfit of the day.”

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“We need to have that swag as we close the season, and if I have to set the tone for that swag,” said Pumaren laughing.

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