Apektado ang papasok sa top three dahil walang UP -- Bernabe
University of the Philippines' absence in this year's UAAP Cheerdance will affect the competition itself.
Eight-time champion University of the Philippines’ decision to skip this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition will put an asterisk not only on the competition but also on the teams that will end up on the podium.
The Diliman-based pep squad’s announcement of not joining the much-anticipated event just weeks before the competition came as a shock.
“Ako noong nalaman ko na hindi sila magko-compete ako parang, ‘Ay bakit? Sayang naman.’ Nanghihinayang ako kasi para sa akin ang UAAP eight schools ito eh. Kung madagdagan that’s good pero kung mabawasan parang sayang naman,” said coach Ghicka Bernabe of the four-peat-seeking National University Pep Squad.
In a conversation with ABS-CBN Sports during the squad’s primer shoot, Bernabe in her opinion said that the effect of UP’s absence might take away the legitimacy of teams to land at the podium.
“Apektado lahat. Pero ang apektado talaga ‘yung mga teams na papasok sa top three na wala last year,” the mentor said. "Kasi di naman natin maiiwasan yung sasabihin ng mga tao na, “Ay kaya sila nakapasok kasi wala ang UP.”
Competition starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Big Dome.
The former Far Eastern University cheerdancer admitted that she and the other coaches were in disbelief when they learned about the news during the coaches meeting weeks back.
“Alam ko naman na kapag lumabas ang issue na ito affected ang team ko at ibang team,” she said. “Sayang gusto ko kasi kasama pa rin sila. Wala naman sigurong magwi-wish na sana huwag sumali ang UP. Never kong naisip ‘yun.”
Bernabe continued that UP skipping the event actually circulated among the small cheerdance community after last year’s result. They never thought UP will decide to drop their participation this year and instead join an Asian competition.
“Ako somehow personally na surprise ako. Hindi ko naman in-expect na hindi talaga sila sasali for whatever reason it is. Hindi ko kasi naisip na may school na hindi sasali,” said Bernabe. “UP is very competitive alam nating lahat ‘yan. Kumabaga nakagawa na sila ng pangalan and lagi silang part ng top three.”
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