Meet the UAAP CDC 2016 captains ft. DLSU’s Eileen Shi
Barry Viloria on Nov 18, 2016 08:56 PM
Every squad must be in jitters right now for tomorrow’s UAAP CDC. We ask each captain about getting her team oiled for the big show. (Photos taken from Shi's Instagram account: @eileenshi)
On her second year as DLSU Animo Squad captain, Eileen Shi is only growing to be more confident of her team. And why not? Over the years, DLSU has played the dark horse in the UAAP CDC, tailing FEU and NU in breaking the UP-UST norm as powerhouse teams in the competition. (Outside the CDC, La Salle has proven themselves as 2013-2014 titlist and 2015-2015 runner-up at the National Cheerleading Competition All-Girl Collegiate Division.) It’s been three years since La Salle last podiumed, but the 22 year-old Psychology and Advertising student busy steering the team is working on #tiwala as they eye a spot back on the top ranks!
How has your training been for UAAP CDC?
“Our trainings range from a minimum of three hours everyday to the whole day. We follow a training program given by the coaches. The training programs tackle all the basic elements of cheerleading from gymnastics, stunting, and dance. There are days that we dedicate for skill building basically trying out new tricks and stunts and days that we allot also for polishing of the said skills that we obtain.”
How do you bond in the team?
“Our team bonds before and after training. Some bond over studying for their academics, some like to do extra workouts before training, some bond over lunches and dinners some bond during free time in training. It's all about the small things that we experience together as a team that bonds us and enables us to understand each other more. We also have annual team buildings where we just relax and enjoy each other's company!”
What do you love about your team?
“The fact that no matter where you come from or what your background is they make you feel welcome and at home. With my team, I feel like I have a second family in school. They are the ones who cheer me up when I'm down and basically my support system in college. With my team I also feel like you can be anyone you want to be as cliché as it sounds, but it's all based on the fact that they don't use your past as a basis for what you can achieve in the team. They really put time and effort to make sure that anybody can contribute and be a part of the team as long as they have the heart and the dedication for it!”
What makes your team different from the rest of the squads?
“What makes our team different is that all of our cheerleaders are homegrown. We don't recruit unlike other schools! We just work with what we have! We like to take pride that our members are with us for the love of the sport, the team and the Lasallian community!”
Which squad is your best competition this year, and why?
“We consider all the squads as our biggest competition because we are all after the same thing which is to place in this year's cheerdance completion among other goals. Cheerleading is a sport that is very unpredictable. It will surely vary upon the composition of the team and how they perform on the day itself. Thus, we could only tell who our biggest competition is when we watch the routine of the other schools as well!”
Tease us about your theme tomorrow.
"Recall the history. Relive the legacy."