Text by: Anton Onato
Photo courtesy: Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer
MANILA – The University of the Philippines Pep Squad failed to win back the championship title in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition today after bowing down to the National University Pep Squad in front of 22, 093 spectators at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
NU Pep Squad garnered 677.5 points with their American Indian-themed performance, enough to outscore UP Pep Squad’s “equality” advocacy which received 658 points. The University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe also landed a podium finish and placed third with a score of 625 points.
NU once again dominated and topped almost all the technical departments (tumbling, stunts, dance, and pyramids). They placed second in tosses behind the Adamson Pep Squad.
“Nagfocus lang talaga kami sa performance namin this year at ginawa naming ‘yung best naming para maperfect ‘yung routine (We focused in our performance this year and did our best to prefect the routine,” Precious Chavez, Team Captain of the NU Pep Squad, said. Chavez also thanked all the people who came, some of whom are not from NU, that cheered for the team.
Despite failing to get back the championship, the UP Pep Squad remained happy that they were able to send the message of their routine to the spectators. “We were happy to send our advocacy (equality) to the whole audience,” Assistant Coach Pio Opinaldo said. “Our only aim is really just to have a perfect run and winning, for me, is just a bonus,” he said.
Far Eastern University, meanwhile, topped the Group Stunts Competition with a total of 258 points. They received P25,000 as cash prize. UST and NU finished second and third with 251 and 239.5 points, respectively.
The top three teams in the Cheerdance competition received P340,000, P200,000 and P140,000, respectively. Completing the rankings were Adamson University with a score of 600, Far Eastern University (599.5), De La Salle University (557), University of the East (503), Ateneo De Manila University (494).
(Editor’s note: An earlier post regarding the UAAP CDC 2014 was published prematurely and misused words in the headline. We apologize for the oversight.)