MANILA—University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University on Friday urged fans to wear black in Saturday's opening game of the UAAP men's basketball finals to protest the culture of impunity and violence in the country.
Game 1 of the best-of-three title series is at Mall of Asia Arena at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
"In the #BattleOfKatipunan tomorrow, let us always remember that our struggles go beyond the game that we’re cheering for, and these struggles are always within our community," the UP Diliman University Student Council said in a Facebook post.
"Use your voice and fight to end tyranny, impunity, and misogyny in our country! Wear black."
"Win or lose, it’s the nation we choose! We urge everyone to wear black for tomorrow’s game as a protest against violence, impunity, and misogyny," the Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila said in its Facebook page.
The Blue Eagles are defending the title against the Fighting Maroons, who advanced this far for the first time since 1986.