Charity A. Varona
July 18, 2012
Line Dance- WFB
75th UAAP Opening Ceremonies
Last Saturday, July 14, the biggest sports event for Philippine universities has finally started during the opening ceremonies of the UAAP’s 75th season at the Mall of Asia Arena. Thousands of fans of the eight universities were there to witness it. The trip to Pasay City was a tiring one. My cousin and I had to board on MRT just to reach our destination. The traffic that built-up around the dome was overwhelming; however, upon entering the dome, the sound of drums roused my consciousness and exhausted body. It feels so pleasing to see all those supporters cheering for their respective universities and teams while performing their jingles. The roll-calling of the university names was followed by beating drums, confetti and balloons of various colors resembling the different participants fighting for this year’s UAAP triumph. It can be observed that everyone is excited and thrilled for the upcoming sports events, each desiring to win.
Ex-President Fidel V. Ramos was the one who led the ceremonial toss. He jogged towards the center of the arena and stood there beaming in front of the people like a true athlete. When the game was finally formally declared open, another loud variety of cheers filled the air.
As of now, I am looking forward to experience this same event again next season because it marks a healthy competition and unison of all the country’s leading universities. Like the other members of the audience in the UAAP opening ceremonies, I also have my bet. Being an Iska and one the Fighting Maroons, I, of course, support the University of the Philippines and its athletes. Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!
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