HOST University of the East opens UAAP Season 77 with a match-up against University of the Philippines when the country's premier collegiate league opens on July 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Incoming UAAP secretary treasurer Rod Roque of UE bared the opening date and game when asked by reporters during the closing ceremony of Season 76 on Wednesday at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
UE officially took over the hosting of the league from Adamson during the turnover ceremony which saw outgoing president Fr. Max Rendon handing over the UAAP flag to Carmelita Mateo.
Mateo, who will take over the role as president of the league next season, said the theme for Season 77 will be ‘Unity in Excellence.’
“We want to express how proud and happy we are in hosting Season 77,” said Mateo during her speech after the official turnover.
Mateo also lauded Adamson’s hosting of Season 76.
“Indeed, greatness never ends. We will try our best to make next season as successful and, I pray, without any controversies,” said Mateo before breaking into a laugh.