Meet AdU’s courtside reporter for UAAP Season 80

Date Posted: September 13, 2017 at 11:18 AM


Is a petite frame capable of holding a big dream?

Meet Trisha Nichole Sumagui, 18, a third year BS Psychology student whose relentless pursuit to be Adamson’s new courtside reporter in UAAP Season 80 clinched her the job. 

Out of 128 aspirants coming from all UAAP member-universities, the odds at making it through to the third round of selection seemed formidable; but this budding DJ who is part of Magic 89.9 FM’s pool of trainees maintained her optimism. Her various stints at hosting in several big events in and outside the university were confidence boosters that kept her head above the demands and challenges of the auditions.

When Nichole finally breezed through the third round, the email she received in the evening at her Makati residence sealed the deal: she was one of the nine aspirants accepted by ABS-CBN. It was a dream fulfilled for a lady whose determination, one might say, outmatched her build. 

Excited was how she described her feelings and she knew she was embarking on a big responsibility to the Soaring Falcons team, to the University and to her fellow Adamsonians. 

Together with the other eight successful aspirants, Nichole underwent workshops and trainings in preparation for the upcoming games. At courtside, she will be delivering pre-game reports and quarter-by-quarter updates on the team’s progress, strategies, and adjustments while the game (basketball, volleyball and cheerdance competition) is going on. Asked how her Psychology course, which is all about human behavior, can help her do her job better, she explained that it makes her sensitive to the feelings of the players, coaches and co-workers. Knowing when to interview or obtain more detailed information from them can make her work easier.

Her message to her fellow Adamsonians is that they can expect, and she’ll try her best, to give out the best information they can rely on when it comes to the games. Her social media posts will also be constantly updated. She assures her school too that in the course of her stint as courtside reporter – which can last for more than two years – she will always make it a point to protect its good reputation.