UP football player-scholar with rare cancer dies

  • UP footballer Rogie Maglinas dies on Tuesday after a brief, but brave battle with cancer
  • He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which attacks muscle tissues late last year
  • Only 19 years old and a year away from finishing his studies

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) football player who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer died on Tuesday, February 2.

Rogie Maglinas, a  football scholar who played for the men’s varsity football team, succumbed to the illness after bravely battling the disease for a few months. He was only 19 years old.

Around October last year, Maglinas was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma; a rare cancer attacking the muscle tissues. The following month, doctors discovered a tumor on the student’s neck and another behind his nose which has already reached his brain.

His condition has caused massive pain to his legs and has rendered him blind in one eye and unable to smell.

He underwent two sessions of chemotheraphy and a homeopathic remedy sometime in November after being discharged from the hospital.

Maglinas is from Uson town in Masbate who studied Physical Education at the University of Makati before he was accepted as a scholar at UP back in 2012. He went on to play for the university’s varsity team and became part of the successful Pachanga Diliman U19 team in the 2013 and 2014 UFL youth seasons. (Click here to read more)

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