There was not going to be any back-to-back in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
The NU Pep Squad made sure of that with an effortless, flawless, and ultimately peerless performance in the middle of the MOA Arena floor on Saturday.
With that, Adamson Pep Squad, last year’s feel-good story as champions, got dethroned.
Still, head coach Jam Lorenzo was nothing but gracious. “Very well-deserved ang mga nanalo this year. Talagang pana-panahon lang yan,” he told reporters after they placed third.
Indeed, NU dominated the event, with a total score that was 60 points better than their closest competitor all while topping all but one of the five criteria.
On the other hand, Adamson registered 638.5 points – just 0.5 points better than fourth-running UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.
And even in the eyes of coach Jam, the judges were right. “Kailangan mo ng sportsmanship para ma-accept kung ano mang rank yan,” he said.
What matters for the young mentor is that his wards remained on the podium for the third year in a row. “Kahit natalo kami, thankful pa rin kami kasi nasa top three pa rin kami. Masaya ako kasi witness ako ng sacrifice mga bata and, at least, binigay pa rin sa amin ni Lord ito,” he said.
And who knows, the Adamson Pep Squad may very well make its way back to the mountaintop sooner than later. “I only started in 2016 and nasa podium kami lagi. ‘Di kami mawawalan ng pag-asa kasi ‘di naman dito nagtatapos,” coach Jam said.
After all, that’s exactly what they did in 2016 and 2017 – place third and then climb to first
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