The future of Philippine basketball is here as the country’s first athletic collegiate league — the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) — welcomes the “New Heroes of the Game” as it officially opens Season 99 today via the home of the NCAA, GMA Network.
Live from the Mall of Asia Arena and simulcast at 2:00 p.m. on GMA and GTV, this season’s opening ceremony showcases the 10 member schools – led by Season 99 host José Rizal University, Arellano University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of Saint Benilde, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Mapua University, San Beda University, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta.
The start of the much-awaited NCAA Season 99 Men’s Basketball tournament follows on GTV with the host school José Rizal University Heavy Bombers facing the three-time defending champion Colegio de San Juan Letran Knights at 3:30 p.m.. The second game sees the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates going up against the College of Saint Benilde Blazers at 5:30 p.m.
Aside from Men’s Basketball, viewers will definitely be thrilled with other sporting events this season, including Women’s Volleyball, Cheerleading Competition, Swimming, Track and Field, Juniors’ Basketball, Men’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Taekwondo, Chess, and NCAA All-Star Games. Adding more excitement to the new season is the return of Badminton and Table Tennis, and the inclusion of grassroots programs like the Kiddie and 3×3 Basketball.
NCAA Season 99 also marks the launch of GMA Integrated News’ AI (Artificial Intelligence) Generated Sportscaster, the country’s first digital news presenter. Sports enthusiasts will be in the know on the latest happenings and updates on the various sports events of the NCAA using the advancements in generative AI.
NCAA Season 99 also introduces its new lineup of courtside reporters who are set to deliver the latest reports and happenings in and out of court.
These 12 ladies include new and familiar faces such Lexi Gonzales, Hannah Arguelles, Glycel Ann Galpo, Alyanna Ysabelle Faustino, Liezl Anne Nierves, Monique Angelika Santos, Diana Marie Igual, and Arlove De Jesus.
Returning this season are Kristine San Agustin, Julia Mae Ong, Fatima Faye Reyes, and Stephanie Benito.
Hosting the opening ceremony are GMA Synergy Sportscaster Martin Javier and Matteo Guidicelli. Joining them are Arra San Agustin and Faith da Silva.
Set to provide electrifying performances are Julie Anne San Jose together with Zephanie, Rita Daniela, Hannah Precillas, Jessica Villarubin, Mariane Osabel, Thea Astley, Lexi Gonzales, Ysabel Ortega, 1st.One, and Jillian Ward. Viewers should also watch out for the special participation of Alden Richards.
Tickets for today’s games are available via www.smtickets.com or on-site at the Mall of Asia Arena Ticket Booth.