Netizens react to new UP Fighting Maroons logo

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The new UP Fighting Maroons logo drew flak from some netizens when it circulated on social media on Monday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It seems like lots of netizens are not feeling the new logo of the University of the Philippines' (UP) collegiate varsity teams.

After the photo of the new logo circulated on social media on Monday (June 15), many have voiced out their opinion.

The logo was released in time for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines' (UAAP) Season 78, which will start on September 5.

The logo shows a warrior aiming to throw a spear with its right hand while holding a shield bearing the word "UP" on the left hand.

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The shield spelled out the word using the baybayin or the indigenous alphabet.

The new logo is a deviation from the old one which shows the Oblation — the main symbol of the UP System.

UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronnie Dizer told ABS-CBN Sports — the official broadcast partner of the UAAP — that the use of the Oblation logo is no longer allowed for the UAAP coverage.

This prompted the changed in the UP Fighting Maroons logo.

Upon seeing the logo, prominent UP alumnus and Supreme Court spokesman Atty. Theodore Te voiced out his criticism.

In his Facebook post Te said: "There is a reason why there is an Oblation in every UP campus. And so many clenched fists too. That is the spirit behind the oblation: service and sacrifice; the giving of self. It is the same spirit that moves every UP student and alum to raise a fist or offer a hand and not see any contradiction."

Another UP alumnus, Jojo Robles of the newspaper The Standard agreed with Te.

He said: "i agree with the supreme court's theodore te. the new UP fighting maroons logo sucks big time. and the people who own the [brand] vinegar trademark should sue. the idiots who made the logo were, as the tagalog putdown goes, "inutusan lang bumili ng suka" and returned with an all-new, relevance-free logo, after all. boo!"

The university, however, told reporters that the logo will still undergo some changes.

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