UP Has a New Cheer Composed by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab

The national artist for music composed a new cheer for the UP Fighting Maroons.

The UP Fighting Maroons have a new cheer, and it is composed by its own alumnus, national artist Ryan Cayabyab. Exactly why the Maestro ended up composing the cheer is all thanks to Ramon Eugenio (UP BS HRA 1990), who prodded Cayabyab to create a new one.

"During rehearsals for a UP PGH fundraiser wherein Mr. Cayabyab would be an honoree, I wondered whether he would consider making a cheer for UP,” said Eugenio. “I took a chance and texted him, knowing his great love for our school. It was so easy.”

Cayabyab responded right away. “So, ano ang kailangan? Bigyan mo ako ng keywords,” he said. Eugenio then forwarded to Cayabyab the lyrics of all the existing cheers of the Fighting Maroons, and then he waited.

Upon receiving the notes, Cayabyab went to work right away. "I did a drum and percussion bed, then I asked my daughter Krina and Stephen, her fiance, both UP alumni, to learn and record the voices for the cheer," said Cayabyab. "Sobrang energy lang and kulit ni Mon that's why I made it because he transferred the excitement to me," said Cayabyab, referring to Eugenio. 

"I was supposed to do a Tagalog or UP-centric cheer but I shelved it. My idea was to use "Ikot ikot ikot" when the ball is on the other team, and "Toki na Toki na" when the ball is snatched back by the UP team," said Cayabyab, who said the cheer is still a concept. 

Then, before midnight,  Cayabyab messaged Eugenio, “Eto, mainit init pa,” with an attached audio of the recording. 


We listened to the UP cheer composed by Ryan Cayabyab, and it gave us school spirit goosebumps. Listen to the cheer in this audio recording.

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