Andrea Brillantes couldn’t help but feel ecstatic for her basketball player boyfriend Ricci Rivero after his team, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, won their long-awaited championship in the basketball final- men’s ball of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). .
The actress cheered along with other UAAP fans at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, where UP’s game with Ateneo de Manila University took place, as posted on her Instagram page yesterday (May 13).
Brillantes can also be seen holding a poster with the words “Eto na ang exciting part (This is the exciting part)”, and in a maroon singlet while hugging Rivero.
“Congratulations champ! she greeted her boyfriend.
On top of that, Brillantes dedicated Post Malone’s song “Congratulations” to Rivero via her Instagram Stories, also yesterday.
“Congratulations baby,” she told him.
For his part, Rivero expressed his appreciation for Brillantes by glimpsing her holding a bouquet of sunflowers as he has his arms around her.
“[Andrea Brillantes]I love you!” he said.
Rivero and Brillantes became a couple on April 9, when he made a surprise proposal to the actress after an UAAP match. It came amid speculation that the two are dating, after Brillantes was seen in an UP Fighting Maroons shirt with number 25, which happens to be Rivero’s shirt number.
UP dethroned Ateneo with a 72-69 overtime victory in Game 3, finally ending State University’s 36-year drought in UAAP men’s basketball.
This is UP’s first victory since 1986 and its third alongside that won in 1939, shared with the University of the Far East and the University of Santo Tomas. /ra
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