(SPOT.ph) The annual league by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines is one of the biggest events in Metro Manila, not only for the students of the eight participating schools, but also for sport fans. The 2019 edition is made even more special by this season's host, Ateneo de Manila University, after it was revealed that the medals and trophies to be given away to winning teams were handcrafted by Filipino artisans and made from recycled and sustainable materials. This not only promotes preservation of the environment, but also the talent of our people.
"The trophy and medal might be yours if you win in the competition but you will also win this for the community in Marawi, in Taal. They made your trophies and medals out of recycled materials," Ateneo president Jett Villarin S.J. said during the opening ceremonies of UAAP Season 82 at the Mall of Asia Arena on September 1. This spirit of community-building complements this year's logo and theme, which is "All for More."
In a Facebook post by JunkNot Eco Creatives, an interior design company that partnered with a local community in Taal, Batangas to transform everyday trash to functional items, it was explained that the medals and trophies "saved approximately 340 kilos of plastic waste" and "265 kilos of scrap metal." Every bit of these awards were handmade by Filipino communities: the lanyard for the medals were woven by the women of Marawi, the metal parts were done by Maranao craftsmen, and the trophies were hand-carved by an Ifugao artisan.
For updates and schedule of UAAP games, follow UAAP Sports TV on Facebook.