ADAMSON University formally accepted the hosting rights for Season 76 of the UAAP, fully aware it’s going to be a tough task to equal, more so surpass, the accomplishments achieved by outgoing host National University in the league’s diamond celebration.
UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of NU handed over the UAAP flag to father Max Rendon C.M. of Adamson during an elaborate ceremony Saturday at the SM North Edsa Skydome.
“It is an honor, at the same time a challenge,” said Rendon on Adamson's hosting of Season 76.
Several milestones were attained in the season just past.
The women's volleyball tournament was staged for the first time at the Mall of Asia Arena, drawing a record crowd of more than 19,000 for an elimination round doubleheader highlighted by the showdown between old rival La Salle against Ateneo.
For the first time too, De La Salle claimed its first UAAP general championship, snapping the 14-year run of University of Santo Tomas.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles won a rare fifth straight men’s basketball title, while University of the Philippines bagged its third straight – and ninth overall – cheerdance title.
The turnover ceremony was highlighted by the staging of the 3rd Street Dance Competition that saw University of the Philippines Dance Club toppling two-time champion La Salle.
State University garnered a total of 91.7 percent to finish first, while La Salle was runner-up with 86.75 percent, followed by Adamson with 84.25 percent for its first podium finish in the competition.
"Gusto naming ipakita na versatile kami sa iba't-ibang style ng sayaw," said UP team captain Kyle Sy following the win.
The UP Street Dance Club only had a month to prepare for Saturday's competition after coming off a dance concert last week.
"Nag-concert pa kami (last week), so nag-iba kami ng routine more than half (binago). Siguro sobrang lahat nasa iisang role lang, yung tiwala namin sa team andoon, at yung puso," said UP co-captain Denise Espiridion.
Following the dance competition, the general championship was officially awarded to La Salle, after which UST taekwondo jins Christian Al dela Cruz and Juan Miguel Ramos were honored as the male Athletes of the Year in the seniors and juniors division, respectively.
Dela Cruz won the men's welterweight gold medal in the 16th Asean University Games and was back-to-back taekwondo champion, while Ramos led the UST Tiger Cubs to four straight titles.
Michelle Lantija of Adamson was named Athlete of the Year in the women's side.