UAAP Season 82's closing ceremony will be held live online on Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m. on the ABS-CBN Sports website, Facebook, and YouTube accounts, and with a delayed telecast on LIGA cable sports channel at 7 p.m.
The closing ceremony will be the culmination of the first and second semester UAAP sports, highlighting the success and hard work of the student-athletes of the eight member schools and their athletes who were unable to complete their season because of the cancellation of the games due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
“Lalabas 'yun doon sa closing ceremonies, just to highlight na, one, as a community, as a nation, we are here to help everyone, And two, itong mga atleta na hindi nakapaglaro or natapos, they are part of Season 82," said UAAP Season 82 president Em Fernandez of host school Ateneo de Manila University.
Last April 7, Season 82 events volleyball, football, baseball, softball, track and field, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball were all cancelled.
The UAAP will be honoring University of Santo Tomas as general champions on both the high school and seniors divisions. This is the sixth straight overall championship for the Tiger Cubs and fourth straight for the Growling Tigers.
Also set to be recognized are the Season 82 Most Valuable Players for high school and college, while selected athlete-scholars from the different universities will also be feted.
The online gathering, according to ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena, will celebrate the dedication of all athletes and the efforts of the UAAP community, noting that it has always been ABS-CBN Sports' mission to honor and pay tribute to the work and dedication of athletes, no matter what the circumstances or challenges the sports organization is confronting.
“ABS-CBN Sports remains faithful to its commitment of promoting the values that sports teaches all of us. It is in this light that we want to pay tribute to our athletes who put in months of sacrifice and preparation to be able to play at a high level in the UAAP. We hope they stay hungry and passionate about the game they love, and we cannot wait to see them playing again,” Laurena said.
Spicing up the celebration are performances by ABS-CBN artists Ylona Garcia and Inigo Pascual. Sponge Cola and Itchyworms, the Pinoy rock bands that performed the official UAAP Season 82 anthem “Ang Ating Tagumpay” at the opening ceremony, will also make an appearance.
Sticking to Season 82’s theme of “All For More,” the UAAP will also recognize the efforts of schools and athletes by honoring those who have done charity work during the pandemic.
Fans will also be able to look back at last season’s game highlights, as well as hear from some of their favorite players. To formally end Season 82, there will be a virtual turning over of hosting duties from Ateneo to De La Salle University, for Season 83
ABS-CBN Sports has been the official broadcaster of the UAAP since 2000. Together, they have championed sports among the Filipino youth, have given a break to many young, talented athletes, and strengthened the local sports community in the past two decades.
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Celebrate sports culture in the Philippines with Kapamilya sports fans by watching the UAAP Season 82 closing ceremony on July 25 (Saturday) at 4 pm on the ABS-CBN Sports website (sports.abs-cbn.com) and ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and YouTube accounts. Catch also the delayed telecast on cable sports channel LIGA at 7 pm, with a replay on July 26 at 4:30 pm.
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