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“Boy Mantika” remarks never bothered CJ Cansino

MANILA, Philippines—The “boy mantika” remarks have followed CJ Cansino since his departure from University of Santo Tomas, but the University of the Philippines skipper said that those comments never bothered him as he ends his UAAP career.

Cansino was the brunt of hatred from UST faithful back in 2020 due to the “Sorsogon bubble” fiasco that led to the downfall of the Growling Tigers program.He became the center of blame after his little demand for less oily food in said bubble earned him the moniker “boy mantika (oil boy)” which was made to rattle the athletic forward.

“For me, I was never really bothered. I’m focused on the things that I can control. I can’t control what people say, all I can control is my emotions,” said the Cansino after their 73-69 loss to La Salle in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 86 Finals at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

“I don’t really care about what people say about me so I’m just here to focus on things I can handle.”

If anything, Cansino is happy about contributing to UP while blocking out the noise bred from yesteryear. At the height of the unfortunate fiasco, Cansino said that he loved UST and didn’t want to leave in the first place. “If I’m given a choice or just one reason, then I’ll stay because I still want to play for UST. Just give me one reason then I won’t leave, I’ll continue playing for UST. But I was kicked off the team. I can’t force myself into the team. I still have a dream for myself that’s why I’m so sad to leave UST even if I don’t want to,” said Cansino in 2020.

UP Fighting Maroons’ graduating players CJ Cansino and Malick Diouf. –UAAP PHOTO



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“Maybe or maybe not,” said Cansino. “We all saw in social media that people’s perspectives always change. Whatever they want to say, they’ll say it so I can’t say I silenced them but I hope they were inspired by what I’ve been through.”