Host National University put on an extravagant show in the opening ceremonies of the 75th season of the UAAP Saturday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
With this season’s theme “Unbreakable at 75,” pep squad members from each university led by NU performed on stage as one group to show the unity of the league through the years, highlighted by the unveiling of a diamond structure at the arena’s rafters to symbolize the league’s diamond year.
“We want to show how united we all are after 75 years,” UAAP president Nilo Ocampo said.
NU president Teodoro Ocampo, meanwhile, had words of wisdom to the athletes as they paraded on stage.
“We should not compete against each other but with each other,” he said. “You may count as the legends the UAAP has produced through the years.”
The show was capped off by fireworks and dazzling light show inside the arena.
Former president Fidel V. Ramos, an NU alumnus, also graced the ceremonies by jumping in amusement as he was called on stage.
NU Bulldogs star and reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the oath of sportsmanship before the athletes, while plaque of appreciations were also given to former UAAP Board of Trustees members Leilani Gonzalo of the University of the Philippines and Noel Buenaventura of De La Salle University.