Nowhere to go but up for UAAP in Season 78
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2015 02:55 PM
ONWARDS AND FORWARD. The UAAP is out to build on its status as the most prestigious collegiate league.
The UAAP is set to go nowhere but up in its 78th Season tipping off on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Following a very successful Season 77, the country’s most prestigious collegiate league Â is all set to break even more records in gate attendance and TV ratings. “This will definitely be another exciting year,” president Michael Tan said during a press conference on Tuesday.
As hosts, the University of the Philippines promised to deliver their trademark Filipino touch to the opening ceremony. Tan shared that six colleges (Human Kinetics, Fine Arts, Arts and Letters, Music, Engineering, and Social Sciences and Philosophy) are working hard to showcase how the Philippine archipelago has changed alongside sports.
As always, the season starts with the basketball tournament where everyone is considered to be a threat. Looking to defend their crown, National University coach Eric Altamirano said, “We will definitely have to have the same hunger from last season.”
More than basketball and still rising volleyball, the UAAP bared that it is also aiming to raise the profile of its other sports with the help of broadcast partner ABS-CBN. “Part of the discussion in the new contract we signed is to promote other sports in the next five years,” De La Salle University athletic director Nong Calanog said.
The country’s biggest broadcaster and home of collegiate sports is also aiming for as much as ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena said, “We've been partnering with the UAAP for 15 years and we are happy they have entrusted us with promoting other sports.”
Bolstering both the UAAP and ABS-CBN’s roster off the court are some of the brightest panelists to join stalwarts Boom Gonzales and TJ Manotoc. Beginning with the basketball tournament, the voices of Mico Halili, Nikko Ramos, Renren Ritualo, and Ronnie Magsanoc will now also be heard calling UAAP games.