UAAP 78 opening honors the country’s colorful beginnings | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

UP ALWAYS know how to make a grand opening. PHOTOS BY JEOUL MENDOZA
UP ALWAYS know how to make a grand opening. PHOTOS BY JEOUL MENDOZA
UP ALWAYS know how to
make a grand opening.

THE 78TH season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), hosted by the University of the Philippines (UP), kicked off last Saturday with a ceremony that honored the country’s colorful roots.

Taking the audience on a history tour like no other, UP showed how the Philippine archipelago was formed through an awe-inspiring performance. This extravagant opening ceremony captured what UAAP is all about: unity.

The opening program, “Arkipelago” was followed by performances of different groups, with UP narrating the story of the formation of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands.

The tale continued with the growth of flora and fauna and the arrival of people tasked to care for nature. These people were represented by the eight schools of the league.

Through dance, UP successfully equated the founding of the UAAP with the formation of our country’s islands.

UP Diliman chancellor and UAAP 78 president Michael Tan formally opened the ceremony, calling on the schools to live this season’s timely theme—stand up and move forward or “Tumitindig, Sumusulong.”

UP president Alfredo Pascual, in his speech, urged the school communities to support student-athletes, while commending these scholars who managed to excel in both academics and athletics.

The ceremony culminated with a parade of athletes from the eight schools representing various sports, and a festive dance celebration by the UP Dance Ensemble.

THE OPENING ceremony performances of UP is a tough act to follow.
THE OPENING ceremony performances of UP is a tough act to follow.
ALWAYS there to wow the crowd, the UP Pep Squad
ALWAYS there to wow the crowd, the UP Pep Squad
THE OPENING was composed of different dance groups of UP.
THE OPENING was composed of different dance groups of UP.

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