It was this guy who made the difference for FEU in their first game:
For opening games, the FEU Tamaraws won over the Adamson Falcons, 74-71 and it was #14 Knuttel of the Tamaraws that saved the game for them. He fired a fearless three-pointer while down by a point, at the last 16-seconds of the game and gave the Tamaraws 73-71 lead. A free basket by #7 Fernandez that sealed their victory at the last 6-seconds and saved the day for what could have been a huge upset by a rookie team.
In the second game, the UE Red Warriors won convincing over UST Growling Tigers (78-73). The Tigers never grabbed the lead in any quarter and the Warriors appears to be asserting its might this season after falling short of the title last season.
With the University of the Philippines as this season’s host of the UAAP, nothing but a good one was expected, and so it was! From start to finish, the production was flawless and the sequences of the program were fluid. The whole program was well thought of and the effort given evident every second.
The whole program was a huge production number that there was never a boring moment (except for the part where every sport was depicted through dance – I found it somewhat dull somewhere). Speakers were never introduced; instead, they became part of the production which I found so creative. They delivered their respective pieces with the whole production and it was engaging as a viewer.
The usual parade of athletes was not as formal as what I use to see on collegiate sports. Instead, they came on center stage casually as part of the whole production and what I found very interesting is the fact that some lady athletes are present unlike the usual all-male basketball team.
As expected from UP, Pinoy sports were incorporated in the program like “luksong-tinik,” “taguan,” and “piko,” which you may see on the images I have uploaded here. I like that part where the dancers formed a figure of a boy, a girl and a “kubo” with the narrative of the “taguan” game played after the formation. Well applauded!
There was a part of the program where each school was represented by “Diwatas” (evident from their colors) which looked the the “Higantes” of Antipolo except that, here, they are really humans (you will see it in the images here to see what I mean).
There were a lot of innovations in the opening ceremonies introduced by UP. I just wonder how they will close the season.
Here are some of the pictures I have taken (please bear with poor quality.🙂
To set the tone for the entire show, a huge flag dropped at the center of Araneta for the Nat’l Anthem:
Then the “show” unfolded the UP way:
The “Diwatas” for each participating university: