MANILA, Philippines, 10 September 2018 – The #SchoolSpirit is alive again on Twitter as students and UAAP sports fans joined the opening of the much-awaited intercollegiate sports event in the country, the #UAAPSeason81.
Fans turn over to Twitter to express their #SchoolPride and get updated on #WhatsHappening from pep rallies, announcement of athlete rosters to the grand opening. Below is a heat map showing how the opening day conversation unfolded on Twitter around the world last Friday.
The UAAP sports fans have been waiting for this event as they unite on Twitter to launch their official hashtags to support their rooting teams and share their pep rally moments.
Braver Today! ???? #TamRally2018
— Celine Domingo ? (@clndmgo) August 31, 2018
From the university where the champions in life are born, let’s growl for victory and UNLEASH our Thomasian spirit for #UAAPSeason81
— UST CSC (@UST_CSC) September 4, 2018
New stories to make
New titles to take
— Team Ateneo (@AteneOBF) July 29, 2018
Walang takot, kahit kanino
Ganyan kaming mga taga-UP!
— UP System (@upsystem) September 7, 2018
De La Salle University did their #AnimoRally differently as they remembered the LaSallian Filipino Olympian Yan Lariba (@supersaiYAAAN) who passed away last September 2, 2018. DLSU’s official hashtag #4LaSalleYAN was dedicated to her and united all LaSallians on Twitter to support the Green Archers and gratefulness to Yan Lariba.
In memory of Yan Lariba, official DLSU hashtag for UAAP Season 81 is #4LaSalleYan
— Tony Lebron Atayde (@asgreenasitgets) September 3, 2018
SPORTS: During her five-year stint with DLSU, Ian Lariba clinched some of the most prestigious awards, and made history as the first Filipina table tennis athlete to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has enshrined herself as one of DLSU’s greatest athletes. pic.twitter.com/d55CcRMYdd
— The LaSallian (@TheLaSallian) September 3, 2018
? Let us include Ian Lariba and her family in our prayers.
The greatness of Ian Lariba as an athlete:
– S74 ROY
– S75, S77, and S78 MVP
– S77 and S78 Athlete of the Year
– Did not lose a single match for 5 years in UAAP
– First Filipina table tennis olympian
Thank you, YanYan. pic.twitter.com/1YfzCTmqFI
— UAAP Confessions (@UAAPconfessions) September 3, 2018
Every year the UAAP is getting better and better. This year, UAAP sports fans witnessed a star-studded opening with performances of James Reid (@tellemjaye), Sponge Cola (@sponge_cola), to MINZI of 2NE1 (@mingkki21) and the two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) who led the oath-taking ceremony.
— UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) September 8, 2018
James Reid performing his latest single, Right There, at the #UAAPSeason81OpeningDay
— JADINE NATION (@JaDineNATION) September 8, 2018
— MALL OF ASIA ARENA (@MOAArena) September 8, 2018
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) September 8, 2018
The UAAP sports fans are #shookt on National University’s grand opening that raise the standard and let the people expect a bigger opening in the next season.
Big time ang NU as host of #UAAPSeason81OpeningDay grabe Spongecola, Stephen Curry, James Reid, and Minzy of 2ne1 ?
— Em-em (@emsquared11) September 8, 2018
This ain’t your ordinary opening bro host school NU made a difference! How can others top what happened today? ??? #UAAPSeason81OpeningDay
— pau (@pfmmoratalla) September 8, 2018
Congrats NU for upping the ante in season openings by getting Steph Curry. The only thing that could beat this is LeBron doing such in the future.
— Joey Villar (@JoeySVillar) September 8, 2018
After the big opening, The much-awaited men’s basketball tournament kick-off with the first games between the University of the Philippines (@upmbt) and University of the East (@UERW_OFFICIAL) and the NU Bulldogs and the UST Growling Tigers . UP Fighting Maroons and NU Bulldogs fans extended their all out support to the winning teams and share their favorite moments on Twitter.
— team LUCAS (@all4Lucas) September 8, 2018
Photos by Jiru Rada pic.twitter.com/Z2uqp5Cdm2
— Maroon Pride (@upmaroonpride) September 8, 2018
Impressive debut by Dave Ildefonso. Strong contender for Rookie of the Year.pic.twitter.com/SFnZNpNUwV
— Javier Vitug Rugeria (@djairugeria) September 8, 2018
You know what? Even if UST lost this game, I am just relieved because the comeback mentality and Pride, Puso, Palaban are slowly returning in España. Salamat Coach Ayo. Namiss namin ang tunay na kayo, @GrowlingTigers #GoUSTe ?
— alexcerado (@alexcerado) September 8, 2018
As UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) and NU Bulldogs won the first games in the men’s basketball tournament, fans also witnessed how Adamson Soaring Falcons and FEU Tamaraws won over Ateneo Blue Eagles and DLSU Green Archers respectively in the men’s basketball tournament on Sunday.
— Akari Sports (@AkariSports) September 9, 2018
FEU books first win in the UAAP at the expense of DLSU!! pic.twitter.com/ZXVfUWOGxi
— audrey (@MartinaVicencio) September 9, 2018
With the spin and grit during the men’s basketball tournament, UAAP Sports Fans are already excited to wit in the season.
It’s that time of the year. A brand new UAAP season begins today. Can’t wait for the Mayhem in España era to start.
— Karl Carandang ? ? (0-1) ? (1-1-0) ??? (@10kArLcRockets) September 8, 2018
Cant wait for the eventual UP vs AdMU Battle of the Katipunan schools UAAP finale GUYS LETS DO A KATIPUNAN BLOCK PARTY WHEN THIS HAPPENS
— Joachim Mendoza (@thejoewah) September 8, 2018
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