AdU highlights “Rise as One” in hosting culmination

Date Posted: June 2, 2023 at 03:19 PM

Rise as one was in full display during the UAAP 85 Closing Ceremonies held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena this May 27. 

The University – this season’s hosts – highlighted the league’s member universities as all the schools’ hymns were played to officially signify the season’s conclusion. The said gesture was a nod to the UAAP tradition of singing alma mater hymns after every competition. 

In his opening remarks, AdU President Fr. Marcelo V. Manimtim, CM, highlighted the essence of the outogoing season’s theme from the year that was. 

“Rise as one has vividly captured the common enthusiastic reusrgence of each individual school’s athletic activities [and] has beautifully expressed the coordinated efforts to bring all the individual schools’ preparation to a healthy yet intense competition,” he said.  

“What we have done is a harbinger of our whole academic life springing back to normalcy […] Together, we have truly risen as once,” he furthered, before thanking the schools, student athletes, fans and the UAAP Board led by season President Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag. 

Awarding ceremonies quickly followed, namely of the winners of the Street Dance competition, General Champions and Athletes of the Year. The league also recognized each university’s Athlete Scholars and those who represented the flag in the recently concluded 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia. 

The general championships for the Juniors and Seniors Divisions were also given, with UST bagging both awards. 

Adamson U then gave a rousing transition of hosting to UAAP 86 hosts, University of the East represented by Dr. Zosimo Battad, as the AdU PEP Squad delivered a Warrior-inspired number during the official transfer ceremony, with the blue and white moving on and the red and white going to the top. 

Dr. Battad congratulated Adamson for the successful hosting of UAAP 85 amid the uncertainties that have marred the country and the world. 

He also announced the theme of the succeeding season, fUEling the Future.