The Perpetual Altas dance, receive gifts from students at pep rally

Ceej Tantengco on Sep 29, 2016 11:59 AM
UPHSD Altas dance, receive gifts from students at pep rally
The University of Perpetual Help System Dalta held a pep rally to send off their Altas to the NCAA Final Four

The Perpetual Altas missed out of the Final Four last season, and they couldn’t be happier to be back. The Las Piñas-based squad took a quick break from training to celebrate with the entire University of Perpetual Help System DALTA community.

Here are four things that happened at the Perpetual Altas’ pep rally.

 

1. Surprise!

 

The Altas didn’t even know there would be a pep rally. They had spent the last few days at a teambuilding and training session out of town, and came home to a gym full of balloons, live music provided by a band featuring Perpetual alumni, and happy students cheering at the top of their lungs.

 

2. A different kind of love letter.

It’s like Valentines Day, but for basketball! The Altas got a dose of kilig when grade school and high school students gave each of them a stuffed toy, a letter to motivate them, and a handmade medal that said they’re winners no matter what happens.

“Syempre nakakatuwa,” said a thankful GJ Ylagan. “Paano ka pa hindi gaganahan nito?”

 

3. De-stressing with a dance party.

When you’ve got the Altas Perpsquad cheering for you, how can you resist doing a dance party? The defending champions of the NCAA Cheerleading Competition kicked things off with a performance featuring the latest dance crazes like the Fetty Wap Challenge and Jumpshot Challenge, before pulling students from the crowd to join them.

After that, it was the Altas’ turn! The men’s basketball team formed a dance line around the gym as live musicians covered Bruno Mars songs.

 

4. Scottie Thompson in the house.

The former King Alta dropped by to cheer on his former teammates. The crowd went wild: “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!” He gave a short speech—“alam kong kayang kaya niyo ‘yan!”—before hanging out and taking photos with the team and students.

If this sounds like a lot of fun…it was. But the Altas got back to business right after with a training that lasted until 10:30 PM. Combine that preparation with the pep rally’s motivation, and you can expect the Altas to bring their A-game to the semifinals this Friday.

 

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The Perpetual Altas face the San Beda Red Lions, while the Arellano Chiefs face the Mapua Cardinals in the semi-finals of #NCAASeason92 this Friday. Don’t miss it! Games start at 1:45 PM. live on ABS-CBN S+A. Livestream here.

Ceej Tantengco is an NCAA Courtside Reporter. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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