La Salle’s Oca says UAAP is not just about basketball

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By Marjorie Gorospe

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA – As the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) prepares to kick off its 73rd season, officials are already hoping a lot more exposure for athletes outside of basketball.

“The UAAP is not only about basketball anyway,” says UAAP President Brother Bernie Oca of the De La Salle University, next season’s UAAP host.

Oca also adds it would be a “good and fruitful” season if unsung heroes would be featured aside from the athletes on court.

“Maybe the media can also feature act of heroism like a student who values his/her scholarship or a discipline officer who can manage the crowd during the Ateneo-La Salle match,” he says.

Like previous seasons, there will be photo contest open for media. The competition isn’t limited to coverage of basketball, considered the UAAP’s centerpiece event.

The July 10 opening ceremony will be held at the Araneta Coliseum and will be directed by TV director Mark Reyes. The DLSU Archers and University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons will usher another basketball season after the opening ceremonies.

Ateneo and DLSU basketball fans will converge on the same venue when the two bitter rival schools clash on either July 24 or 25.

Schedule of games can be viewed on the official UAAP website.

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