UAAP welcomes change as school hymns set to be sung before games

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 30, 2016 05:46 PM
UAAP welcomes change as school hymns to be sung before games
IT HAS COME. Players and supporters of all UAAP schools will now be able to sing their alma mater songs with more gusto.

Change will be coming in the 79th Season of the UAAP.

School hymns, traditionally coming not long after the final buzzer has sounded, will now be sung right before the official warmup period of games.

The development was confirmed by incoming UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP himself. “It was my idea because I have noticed that all this time, most of the hymns are mangled after the game because (the people already have) coarse voices,” he said.

The league’s reasoning, according to the official from University of Sto. Tomas, is so that school players and supporters will be able to sing their alma mater hymns with more gusto. “It’s better that we do it properly at the beginning of the games so that everybody can sing it more solemnly, as expected,” he said.

de Sagon also lamented that it has been the custom for the winning team to still be celebrating and doing post-game interviews while their school hymn was playing. In the same light, the other team had often not been in the mood to sing with the game’s decision not in their favor.

The UAAP president shared that his proposal was unanimously approved by the board. “There were no contentions because they probably though that it’s the right thing to do,” he expressed.

However, de Sagon said that Ateneo de Manile University has requested that they use a different song for in the pre-game and their traditional alma mater hymn still be saved after the game. As he explained, “Ateneo requested a special song they will use for the beginning because according to them, their usual song is for the end of an event.”

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