UP to host UAAP Season 78 with the theme “Tumitindig, Sumusulong”

Barry Viloria on Aug 12, 2015 03:20 PM
UP to host UAAP Season 78, and the theme is...
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In case you didn’t know, every year, one of the eight member universities of the UAAP is tasked to host the multi-sport tournament—and one of the things most anticipated is the unifying theme of the season. (What? You thought those themes just came to life on their own?) Usually anchored on the values of sports like unity and athleticism, the running theme season per season always incites interest among the most loyal fans of the league. In the past years, the UAAP has adapted strong, sportsmanship-related statements like “Unity in Excellence,” “All Out, All Heart,” and “Where Heroes are Made.”

Six years after it last hosted the UAAP, the University of the Philippines (UP) is back on the job.

This season’s theme? “Tumitindig, Sumusulong.”

Yes, it’s in Filipino.

“I think for the very simple reason that we are Filipino. I think that’s the very root lang kung bakit. Filipino tayo,” explained Dr. Anril Tiatco, director of the UP Information Office and the overall chair of the opening ceremony of the UAAP Season 78 on September 5, in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports.

“We want to establish a sort of national emblem via the language, so we decided na why don’t we use the Filipino language na para syang galamay na nagpapatakbo sa atin sa taong ito?”

Founded in 1908, UP, of course, is the country’s national university with seven constituent campuses and various satellite schools. As a non-sectarian public school, the spirit of the school is widely known for its sense of nationalism and ways of activism.

UP’s new logos

Tiatco further discussed the recently-unveiled set of official logos UP will use in the UAAP and beyond, which some alumni of the state university from the creative industry worked on earlier.

The primary logo features a raised, clenched fist in maroon with the wrist shaped like the letter M (for “Maroons”). The university also released secondary and logos, which Tiatco said, can be used for merchandise.

As for the “Oblation,” the image of a naked man with his arms spread wide and face up that is most popularly associated to the school? It’s for the varsity teams and other forms of internal usage only.

“Kasi ang Oblation, simbolo ‘yan ng mga estudyante. Pero hindi naman kasi lahat ng estudyante ay varsity, at hindi naman pwedeng sabihin natin na pag-aari ng varsity ang logo,” Tiatco stressed.

Was the theme somehow inspired by the Oblation?

“Basically, the Oblation is a significant emblem of UP, at hindi naman natin ito mahihiwalay sa unibersidad. The idea of sacrificing and the idea of giving itself for the sake of the larger communities are both there. But we wanted to think more than that, eh. Napaka-insular naman kung iisipin natin na ganun lang ‘yun," Tiatco said.

"In the spirit of the UAAP, ‘Tumitindig, Sumusulong’ is a motto that tells us that it’s more of doing it together."

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