Together again: Pangilinan, Ateneo kiss, make upA month ago I wrote that I had an issue with how Manny Pangilinan timed and publicized his "disengagement" from Ateneo. I left it at that and didn't elaborate, as I had nothing good to say at the time.
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
It looks like tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan has patched things up with Ateneo de Manila University barely two months after their celebrated breakup.
Five unimpeachable sources, including those privy to the reconciliation talks, told the Inquirer on Saturday that Pangilinan, chair of the PLDT group of companies, has kissed and made up with his alma mater and will renew a relationship that has seen the Blue Eagles capture five straight basketball titles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
"It’s just like marriage. They were separated, but they didn’t divorce," one of the sources said. The sources asked that they not be named because they did not want to preempt the announcement of both camps.
The impending reconciliation has also prompted Ateneo to bring back Bo Perasol, the former pro coach endorsed by Pangilinan, to mentor the Blue Eagles in the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
This latest development, however, has only reinforced my pique that the Pangilinan camp leaked to the public his since-revoked decision. I just hate that this would now open the University to speculation, malicious or otherwise, about what it gave up or compromised in order for this reconciliation to happen. Pangilinan, too, won't emerge from this smelling like roses.
I've heard people describe this episode as soap operatic. And you know what? They're not too far off the mark. (No offense meant to those in the telenovela business.)
[26 November 2012 Edit]
It's already a fait accompli.