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UAAP: Where Greatness Begins

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Saturday, 29 June 2013 8 Comments

“Greatness starts here in the UAAP.”

Those words by Adamson University President Gregorio Bañaga Jr. echoed throughout the entire Mall of Asia Arena as he officially opened the 76th Season of the UAAP on Saturday.

The opening ceremony marks that one time in the year when eight universities come together to celebrate talent, sportsmanship, teamwork, hardwork, and the sheer will to win.

It’s also the time when every school works to outplay and outlast each other.

This year’s host, Adamson University, put together an extravagant and entertaining opening number together with the seven other members of the league.

The University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and University of the East were in similar tribal costumes, each decorated with their school’s colors along with some improvised hairdos, horns, and flowing cloth.

The Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas were decked in checkered, mime-like costumes with splashes of blue and tiger stripes as they danced to more modern and chilling beats.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University and National University moved to quieter music in their tights and face paint.

As hosts, Adamson University paraded the most elaborate costumes including the largest and most intricate wings along with falcon headdresses.

The finale saw all schools performing in one number with Jericho Cruz revealed as the masked man from the start of the performance. Conversely, he became the proverbial face of this season.

As is tradition, athletes from each school are called on to the court, led by muses and escorts. This year, the theme was cosplay.

A ceremonial passing of the torch was also conducted.

Jericho Cruz represented the UAAP athletes as he received what was dubbed as the Torch of Greatness from legendary UAAP greats themselves Hector Calma, Kenneth Duremdes, and Olsen Racela.

The UAAP has been one of the venues in which many great athletes have come from. Many future members of the Philippine teams also have roots with the collegiate league.

Talent and potential are discovered, developed, and harnessed each season. And Season 76 will be no different.

With a brand new year of collegiate sports all set to go, expect each school to showcase once more how much they have grown since last year. These student athletes will once again rise above themselves and prove that greatness, indeed, never ends.

As President Bañaga put it, “Greatness should go on forever.”


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Jane discovered her affinity for writing towards the tail end of her college life--through a film she wrote. She then channeled her fiery passion for music through writing about great artists and their musical work for a number of music webzines. A sports fan and athlete since childhood, Jane decided she'd try her hand at sportswriting. Just like music artists, Jane hopes to be able to write about--and give justice--to the athletes who go above and beyond human limitations to touch greatness and in turn, inspiring the rest of us to do the same. Follow Me @janebracher

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