ADAMSON University rolls down the curtain on the UAAP’s 76th edition on Wednesday with La Salle set to claim the trophy as overall seniors champion for the second straight year and University of the East retaining the juniors general championship.
The ceremony, to be highlighted by the awarding of the Athlete of the Year trophy as well as the recognition of UAAP athletes who shone in local and international competitions, starts at 5 p.m. at the Century Park Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
The season saw two young teams exceed expectations, with the La Salle Green Archers rising to the top in first semester centrepiece men’s basketball and Ateneo’s Lady Eagles claiming the title in second semester showpiece women’s volleyball.
“It was indeed a very significant season that saw student-athletes exceeding their limits only to show their love for their respective schools but also for sports,” said UAAP Season 76 President Fr. Maximino Rendon, C.M., of Adamson University.
“We as season hosts are extending our heartfelt gratitude to all the member universities and the men and women and boys and girls — athletes, coaches, supporters, fans and alumni — who again helped make the UAAP the most prestigious league in the country,” Rendon added.
UE retained the juniors division title with 139 points, beating perennial winner University of Santo Tomas (121) and Ateneo (108) on account of the Junior Warriors’ conquests in seven events — athletics, table tennis, taekwondo, boys’ volleyball and girls’s swimming and a sweep in fencing.
Rounding out the juniors standings are De La Salle Zobel (102), Far Eastern University-FERN (67), National University (66), Adamson University (31) and University of the Philippines (40).
The ceremony will be capped by the turnover ceremony from Rendon to Season 77 President Carmelita Mateo of UE.