What you missed at #UAAPunite: The UAAP Magazine Launch Party
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 15, 2015 04:02 AM
It was an event to celebrate the limitless potential of the student-athlete! (Photos by Vyn Radovan and courtesy of Prive Luxury Club)
Where and when in the entire UAAP tournament would you find our favorite student-athletes not wearing their jerseys and, instead, just getting together for some fun? That’s what it was at this year’s #UAAPunite: The UAAP Magazine Launch Party held at Privé Luxury Club, The Fort Strip, Taguig City last Friday.
Hosted by Justin Quirino and ABS-CBN Sports + Action’s Janeena Chan, #UAAPUnite saw athletes hailing from the various sports events of the league, all coming together for a night of fun and games.
This year’s #UAAPunite is the second annual party done to launch UAAP Magazine, which is on its sixth year of publication.
But, for UAAP Magazine editor-in-chief (and ABS-CBN Sports lifestyle editor) Barry Viloria, the event also served as “a venue for all athletes from all events to temporarily leave any hint of rivalry at the door and get to know each other more as a person over just a competitor."
"Sportsmanship comes as a core value in the UAAP in general, and that’s what we celebrate during this night," he went on.
Curious what else happened that night?
Here are some of the things you missed!
Entering the venue, the exhibit of photos featuring 30 of the athletes shot for the issue welcomed guests.
Privé glowed in white, with athlete attendees and other sports personalities following the dress code as a symbol of unity...
DLSU Green Archers Prince Rivero, Jollo Go, and Thomas Torres
Season 78 women's basketball MVP Afril Bernardino of the NU Lady Bulldogs.
Adamson Soaring Falcons William Polican and Dawn Ochea.
UST Taekwondo Jin Juan Miguel Ramos.
UE volleyball player Shaya Adorador.
UP Season 77 courtside reporter Gabby Dario.
FEU Booter Paulo Bugas.
FEU Tamaraws center Prince Orizu.
NU Bulldogs captain Gelo Alolino.
UP Men's Volleyball Team.
UP Pep Squad and UP Fighting Maroons' Diego Dario.
DLSU Tracksters Jasper Tanhueco and Jerico Estregan.
Multi-awarded DLSU Green Tankers alumnus Johansen Aguilar.
The UAAP-themed food...
UP Street Dance, reigning UAAP Street Dance Competition champs, performing.
A different game of “balls” that invited and was won by DLSU Lady Paddler Ian Lariba and Adamson's Ochea.
Of course, the point of the party: The unveiling of this year’s Strength Special graced by no other than Ateneo women's volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez and UAAP Magazine editorial consultant TJ Manotoc.
Back story: Cover boy Teng was then in Doha with Kiefer Ravena and imports Bright Akhuetie and Ola Adeogun for a FIBA 3-on-3 exhibition match against Qatar. (Speaking of, Team Philippines pulled a 18-11 win while there!)
The iconic covers showed hotshots representing the two biggest sports events in the league: Women’s Volleyball starring Valdez, NU’s Jaja Santiago, Adamson’s Mylene Paat, and UE’s Adorador; and Men’s Basketball featuring DLSU’s Jeron Teng, FEU’s Mac Belo, UST’s Kevin Ferrer, and UP’s JR Gallarza.
More #abs here...
Side note: This is the first time that the magazine is putting all eight member-schools on the cover.
And, finally, the traditional toast that called one representative from each UAAP member-school for a shot! "Tumitindig, Sumusulong!" the players cried in unison.
UAAP Magazine is the official magazine of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. It is yearly published by ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. For updates, visit UAAP Magazine’s social media channels on Instagram (@uaapmagazine), Twitter (@uaapmagazine), and Facebook (facebook.com/uaapmagazine).