Meet the UAAP CDC 2016 captains ft. Ateneo’s Blaise Buendia
Barry Viloria on Nov 19, 2016 01:18 PM
Despite finishing at eighth place in the last three years, Katipunan is still keen on turning the tables around. (Photos taken from Buendia's Instagram account: @blaisemzb)
Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion captain Blaise Buendia joined the squad on a whim, after watching them perform a routine back at an orientation program in her freshman year. She had no prior cheerleading experience, but got in the first time. On her first year, though, the Interdisciplinary Studies student didn’t make it to the UAAP CDC lineup and so “it pushed me to work harder and really give myself the chance to prove myself. I kept putting in extra hours and showing my determination to compete, and in my second year, I made the lineup.” Aside from going all out in terms of Blue Babble love, she showed some makings of a leader that she would wield more once she took over the reins. “I just tried leading by example hoping my discipline and determination would rub off on my fellow teammates.” Their thrilling second place finish in 2009 (yes, above then third placer UP Pep Squad) is now a thing of the past, and so Buendia could only lead her squad to another podium spot. They already nabbed the second runner-up at the National Cheerleading Championship - All Girl Group Stunts division last year three straight eight place finishes at the UAAP CDC—will we see Ateneo rise this time under Buendia’s leadership?
How has your training been for UAAP CDC?
“During our trainings, we make sure to focus on strength & conditioning, and especially flexibility. We allot different days to focus on different elements of a routine, interchanging tumbling and dance with pyramids, stunts, and tosses… Our team has only 11 boys this year, so we've worked really hard to show that our strength isn't just reliant on our number of boys but on our team as a whole. We also have a lot of heart, wherein our team has never stopped fighting no matter the odds. Our losses have never deterred us from pushing ourselves to be better and to keep going.”
How do you bond in the team?
“Inside and outside of training, we spend a lot of time with each other, in between classes and breaks. We are each others' support system not only with training but with academics, family and other matters as well.”
What do you love about your team?
“I love how our team is very united and how we remember to bring God into whatever we do, lifting up all we do to Him.”
Which squad is your biggest competition this year, and why?
“NU is by far the best competition. Their 3-peat championship makes them a force to be reckoned with.”
Tease us about your theme later.
“For our theme this year, we're really focusing on ourselves as a team and going back to our roots.”