UAAP 82 Opening Ceremony to serve as One Big Pep Rally

31 August 2019

Press release from UAAP Season 82

Host Ateneo de Manila University draws the curtains of the 82nd Season of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines on Sunday, September 1 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The vision of Ateneo is to make this event the final send-off for all the student-athletes of the league before they embark on their respective UAAP journeys.

“The thing we are doing differently this year is just like back in Season 74, 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), Angel Carino (Track and Field), Melissa Escoton (Track and Field), Daniela Daynata (Track and Field), Jessel Lumapas (Track and Field), Alvin Vergel (Track and Field), Francis Obiena (Track and Field), 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.

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