The UP Pep Squad remains the winningest team in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
Much of the field is catching up to them, however.
With a sixth-place finish in the 2017 edition of the event, State U was unable to add to its medal total of 20.
That means that second-running UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe have pulled closer to them – with their silver medal in this year’s competition hiking their total to 17.
Meanwhile, first-time champions Adamson Pep Squad have also joined in the gold medal tally.
All told, the Fighting Maroons’ return didn’t go exactly as planned – in the official results, at least.
For them, however, their comeback performance was all about expressing themselves to their beloved community. “Yun po talaga ang kwento namin sa UP – going through heartbreaks, going through sad and trying times, but at the end of the day, kailangan pa ring lumaban,” co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera said.
And so, while many people did not get what the UP Pep Squad was going for, co-captain Thea Obanil still said they fulfilled their goal. “Selfish mang pakinggan, pero pinakita lang namin yung kwento namin. Mahirap kasi sa training, pero tuloy pa rin ang laban until the end,” she shared.
She then continued, “Kung sinuman yung nasa taas, kung sinuman yung nagpo-podium finish, nandito pa rin kami para sa UP community.”
Now they have gotten back a feel of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, however, the Diliman-based squad said they will only do themselves better in the coming contests. “Siyempre, we’re going to work harder now that we know that everyone improved so much more. Siyempre, sa amin, nakaka-motivate ding makapagsabayan,” Cabrera said.
That is even truer as in 2017, their routine was good for 575.50 points – 35 less than fourth and fifth-ranked NU Pep Squad and FEU Cheering Squad, 59 less than third-ranked UE Pep Squad, 63 less than second-ranked UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and 88 less than champion Adamson Pep Squad.
“Sana next year, mas maganda mapakita namin. We’ll just keep working hard and still be the UP Pep Squad na alam ng mga tao,” their co-captain said.
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