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A Short Overview of UAAP Season 78

UAAP Season 78 opens this weekend with the opening ceremonies and four men’s basketball games in two venues featuring all eight schools. (Photo credit:

A new era in the UAAP gets underway.

UAAP Season 78 begins tomorrow afternoon with the customary opening ceremonies at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, followed by the UP-UE and Adamson-UST men’s basketball matchups. It will be followed by another doubleheader this Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, featuring the La Salle-NU and Ateneo-FEU matchups.

This will be the 16th season of UAAP coverage on the ABS-CBN family of networks*, and the first in the new September-May calendar. After signing another five-year deal, ABS-CBN Sports expects an even wider multi-platform coverage of UAAP events, as they continue to capitalize on its rising popularity.

For more information on the participating schools, courtside reporters and announcers, visit the official ABS-CBN Sports website by clicking this link, and also visit their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

(*) Games will be aired on ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Balls HD 167, Balls SD 34, iWanTV, and ABS-CBN Mobile. Finals of the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball events are expected to air on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on a weekend.


21 thoughts on “A Short Overview of UAAP Season 78

    • The exposure of the collegiate game is definitely growing. Basketball fans should take notice, baka hindi nila alam ang mga ito once the PBA Rookie Draft rolls along.

      ABS-CBN promises greater coverage of the UAAP this year and beyond, so let’s wait and see how will they fulfill that.

  1. Believe That says:

    I hope that they won’t forget about NCAA. Though, I have no problems with ABS-CBN prioritizing UAAP for the mean time, and with UAAP’s population is bigger. Thanks to ABS-CBN S+A, NCAA is slowly growing despite of its Arena audience.

    • Both leagues should co-exist now that they’re with the same network. And it should not pose a problem given that ABS already provided different approaches on air to the UAAP and NCAA. So far it has paid off.

      • James Ty III says:

        We’ve seen a lot more exciting NCAA games thanks to the way ABS-CBN Sports has really done a better job covering and marketing the league. I expect the same with the UAAP with additional sportscasters coming from TV5 and a new pre-game show titled UAAP Upfront.

      • Unlike TV5’s treatment to NCAA, NCAA’s second stint with ABS-CBN is way better. IDK kung kukuha sila ng additional sportscasters from Sports5.

        We should leave major collegiate sports to ABS-CBN Sports. Sila na ang Philippine version ng CBS Sports, in regards with major focus on collegiate sports, particularly sa college basketball.

      • Believe That says:

        Yup, I agree. NCAA has been interesting since it returned to ABS-CBN S+A. NCAA has been more of Masa approach and targeting the youths, while UAAP is focused on their alumnae. I can observe that based on how their intro video style before games were played.

        Anyways, hope both leagues will continue to grow under the ABS-CBN Sports banner for the years to come. And I agree that ABS-CBN is the home of college basketball. While Sports 5 should be the home of Professional and International Basketball and sports.

  2. UAAP is now broadcasting in 16:9, letterboxed in 4:3 TV sets. It seems na HD-capable na talaga ang UAAP at NCAA telecasts sa ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

    We’re now in slow transition to digital, so it was a nice move.

  3. Gab says:

    That “UAAP Upfront” thing is a great move for the ABS-CBN Sports. Time to shine and give more exposure to other sporting disciplines, aside from the usual Basketball, Football and Volleyball na may big popularity.

    • Exactly. Which reminds me of several years ago when before the 2nd game, highlights of other sports were being reported as well. And even before Upfront, there was a time when the then-Studio 23 aired a UAAP highlight show every Tuesday afternoon.

  4. James Ty III says:

    I think MVP should consider to the PBA board to move the PBA games to ABS-CBN Sports especially with the confusing situation happening now at TV5.

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