UAAP 82 opening to be a celebration of all student-athletes
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 31, 2019 03:34 PM
There will be no games to be played when the bell rings on UAAP Season 82
Host Ateneo de Manila University draws the curtains on the 82nd Season of the UAAP on Sunday at MOA Arena.
The vision of Ateneo is to make the event the final send-off for all student-athletes before they embark on their respective UAAP journeys.
"The thing we are doing differently this year is there won’t be a basketball game after the opening ceremony," said UAAP president Em Fernandez. "It’s because we want to make sure that we celebrate all our student-athletes first before they compete.
"We want this to be the pep rally for all the student-athletes of the UAAP."
All student-athletes from all member schools across all sporting events will be present during the parade.
Highlighting the event will be the oath of sportsmanship which will be led by the national team athletes from the member schools who will be competing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Ateneo will be represented by Jarvey Gayoso (Football), Jessie Lacuna (Swimming), Francis Agojo (Taekwondo), Pauline Lopez (Taekwondo), Maxine Esteban (Fencing), and Jaime Viceo (Fencing).
Adamson University will have Joyme Sequita (Track and Field), Bryan Castillo (Baseball), Steven Manaig (Baseball), Arianne Vallestero (Softball), Ezra Jalandoni (Softball), Angela Gabriel (Softball), Mary Joy Maguad (Softball), and Nicole Padasas (Softball).
Representing De La Salle University are Darylle Lumahan (Fencing), Nicole Albo (Badminton), Irish Navaja (Football), Sara Castaneda (Football), Chelo Hodges (Football), Rocelle Mendano (Football), Alisha Del Campo (Football), Raphael Mella (Poomsae), Patrick Perez (Poomsae), Rinna Babanto (Poomsae), Arvin Herrera (Baseball), Diego Lozano (Baseball), Iggy Escano (Baseball), and Julius Diaz (Softball).
Far Eastern University will have Jelly Paragile (Track and Field), Joida Gagnao (Track and Field), Shania Mendoza (Chess), Darry Bernardo (Chess), Clare Castro (Basketball), Mary Lam (Football), Pocholo Bugas (Football) and John Saldivar (Football).
For National University, Jack Animam (Basketball) will be joined by Ricky Marcos (Volleyball), Joshua Retimar (Volleyball), Kurt Barbosa (Taekwondo) and Nick Garces (Taekwondo).
Fencers Samantha Catantan, Queen Dalmacio, Mickyle Bustos, Nicole Cortey, Shawn Felipe, Reynaldo Perez, and Christian Concepcion will represent University of the East, while Judokas John Ferrer, Gabriel Salazar, and Zarchic Garay compose the University of the Philippines contingent.
Dither Tablan (Judo), Chino Sy (Judo), Czar Bayas (Judo), Khrizzie Pabulayan (Judo), Sydney Sy (Judo), Juan Pingot (Judo), Ann Antolihao (Softball), CJ Roa (Softball), and Celestine Palma (Softball) are set to represent University of Santo Tomas.
The league will also invite the whole community to join in the singing of this year’s theme song “Ang Ating Tagumpay” together with the Itchyworms, Sponge Cola, December Avenue, Autotelic and IV of Spades.