Friday, July 8, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Begins Today with an Olympic-style Ceremony at the Marikina Sports Complex

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) 74th season kicks off with a 2-hour Olympic-style opening ceremony that would gather over 12,000 athletes, program participants, students, alumni and fans today at the Marikina Sports Complex.

All athletes in 15 sports will march around the Marikina Sports Complex track oval to highlight the affair which starts at 4 p.m.

UAAP President Ricky Palou and secretary-treasurer Emmanuel Fernandez will head the guest list that includes Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin, the entire UAAP board, the 8 member-schools’ top officials, alumni and students.

Former Ateneo standout and PBA superstar Olsen Racela will light the cauldron to signify the opening of the season that will carry the theme “All Heart. All Out.”

Another highlight of the affair is the solemn entry of colors where the cadets of host school Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) will bring in a 60-x-30-feet flag.

University of Santo Tomas (UST), the perennial general champion, has the most number of athletes who will join the parade with 627, followed by University of the East (UE) with 512.

University of the Philippines (UP) will bring in 425 athletes, De La Salle University (DLSU) with 417, Adamson University with 300, Far Eastern University (FEU) with 300, and National University (NU) with 260.

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