UAAP Season 80 is the 2017–18 athletic year of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines(UAAP). This season will be hosted by the Far Eastern University.
The eight member universities of the UAAP are competing in fifteen sports to vie for the overall championship. This season’s sports roster will include the inaugural high school basketball in the girls division, futsal competition in all divisions, as well as 3-on-3 basketball to be held at FEU manila.
The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) or “ua-ap”, established in 1938, is a collegiate athletic association of eight Metro Manila universities in the Philippines. Members include Adamson University (AdU), Ateneo de Manila University(ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), National University (NU), University of the East (UE), University of the Philippines (UP), and University of Santo Tomas (UST). Varsity teams from these universities compete annually in fifteen sports to vie for the overall championship title, namely, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, chess, fencing, football, judo, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
A rivalry between the Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines existed even before the formation of the NCAA-UAAP. UP students would troop from Padre Faura to the Ateneo campus in Intramuros to play basketball with the Ateneans, which led to Ateneo forming the first organized cheering squad and pep band in the Philippines and what is now known as the Blue Babble Battalion. This would later become “UAAP’s Battle of Katipunan” when both universities transferred to their respective campuses along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, and when the two schools began competing in the UAAP.
Ateneo–La Salle rivalry
The rivalry between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University has resulted in sold-out games (specially in women’s volleyball and men’s basketball) that attract several public figures in attendance, including politicians, movie stars, and foreign diplomats. It is also the foremost school rivalry in the UAAP since La Salle joined the UAAP from the NCAA in 1986. However, the rivalry dates back to the time when both schools were playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1924 until the late 1977.
UP–UST cheerdance rivalry
The cheerdance rivalry between University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas has been one of the most talked about rivalries in UAAP history. Since the inception of the cheerdance, UP and UST have had the best winning records, and one is usually just a runner up to the other. Both schools’ pep squads are famous for their stunts and high-energy performances. UST has won 8 cheerdance titles which included 5 straight victories from 2002 to 2006, while UP has won 8 cheerdance titles including 5 of the last 6 cheerdance competitions since 2007. Since 2010, the rivalry turned into a friendly one as both UP and UST supporters cheered their school cheers during the announcement of winners.
Although matches between these universities have not reached a rivalry status in sporting events outside of cheerdance, the battle between their respective teams may be referred to as “Separation of Church and State”. UST is the sole pontifical university in the country wherein Pope Pius XII gave it the title “The Catholic University of the Philippines”. UP, on the other hand, has been declared by the Philippine government as the country’s “national university”.
La Salle–UST rivalry
Both were known for their numerous basketball championship matches in the 1990s, with UST winning four straight titles at the expense of the Green Archers. In 1999, La Salle defeated the Growling Tigers to win the basketball crown. Their basketball rivalry diminished in latter years due to UST’s decline but became a celebrated rivalry in women’s volleyball, as the Lady Archers and the Tigresses met three times in the championship of the Shakey’s V-League tournament with UST having 5 championships and La Salle having 3 under their belt. The rivalry was carried over to the UAAP. The DLSU Lady Spikers and the UST Tigresses met in the finals for two consecutive seasons—Season 72 and Season 73.
The rivalry between Far Eastern University and University of the East started in the 1950s. Tagged as the “Battle of the East”, these two schools, along with UST, have the winningest basketball squads in the league (FEU having won 20 basketball championships while UE having won 18 titles).
La Salle-FEU rivalry
The rivalry was sparked when the 1991 Final when La Salle’s final game win was protested by the FEU after a Green Archer was admitted into the playing court after being disqualified. The UAAP Board upheld the protest and ordered the replay. La Salle did not show up, claiming to have won legitimately, and FEU was awarded the trophy. La Salle then had their victory parade pass through all UAAP schools – when they passed through the FEU campus, the motorcade was bombarded with debris.
The rivalry between DLSU and this Morayta-based university has produced several momentous scenes and drama in UAAP Basketball history. FEU and La Salle faced each other in the UAAP Finals in 2004 and 2005, with the Green Archers prevailing in 2004 and FEU winning the year afterwards. However, La Salle’s 2004 championship was forfeited and handed to the Tamaraws instead after a controversial ineligibility issue, which also caused DLSU’s suspension in 2006.