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MANILA -- Season 77 of the UAAP kicked off on Saturday with host school University of the East (UE) holding an "out-of-this-world" opening ceremonies at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
Featuring the theme, "Unity in Excellence," UAAP Season 77 opened with 8 huge spheres hanging from the ceiling of the coliseum, representing the different universities as "universes" united in the pursuit of excellence.
The opening show also featured a parade of the "constellations," with students portraying legendary figures from Greek mythology such as Zeus, Andromeda, Pegasus and Orion, before the captains of each school's basketball teams eventually took to the floor on Segways.
UE's Jaime J. Bautista said he hoped the presentation showed "that all of us are one with the universe, one in excellence."
"Indeed, for all of our individual and institutional differences, we as part of one community in the UAAP are advocates of unity in excellence," added Bautista, the vice-chairman of the UE Board of Trustees.
"Let us all agree to do our best as the season unfolds," said UE President Ester Garcia in her inspirational message. "Let us all agree to embody 'unity in excellence.'"
UE Red Warriors team captain Bong Galanza led the oath of sportsmanship.
Following the opening ceremonies, host school UE will take on the UP Fighting Maroons. The defending champions De La Salle Green Archers will then take on the FEU Tamaraws to kick off their title defense in the second game of the opening day.