Meet the UAAP CDC 2016 captains ft. Adamsonís Carlo Estelita
Barry Viloria on Nov 24, 2016 02:27 PM
We catch up with the cheerdance underdogs on how they climbed their way to the top! First up: San Marcelino squad, with their leader spilling their secrets to success. (Photos courtesy of Carlo Estelita)
So many can happen in 15 years—high school graduation if you had a child, rum ripened to perfection, or, even for less than that period, a good enough time for a player like Niño Calaneta or Joseph Yeo to have traded teams within the PBA at least eight times. For UAAP CDC 2016 second runner-up Adamson Pep Squad, however, 15 years became a time well spent on chasing a spot in the podium. Adamson last placed in 2001 as second place after UP Pep Squad, and the journey has been rocky since with at least seven bottom-three finishes. This year turned to be different for the San Marcelino squad, though, with their undying winning attitude that made their Polynesia-themed routine electrifying. “Priceless. After 15 years, at last nakamit den namin to. After all ng hard work and sacrifices, nag pay off din lahat. It is one if the happiest moment for us!” shares Adamson Pep captain Carlo Estelita. Days after this year’s UAAP CDC, the 20 year-old fifth year ECE student tells us how they pulled the shocker that was!
How was the training for the Adamson Pep Squad in preparation for UAAP CDC 2016?
“We almost die everyday, training. All conditionings we have done this year were maybe twice as hard compared to the previous year just to prepare for the competition. We all believe that nothing worth having comes easy!”
What do you love about your team?
“The one that I love from our squad is yung bonding and enjoyment namin sa isa't-isa without removing our respect for each other.”
What makes Adamson Pep Squad different from other teams?
“Yung eagerness namin manalo despite of all ng pagkatalo. We stay hungry and focused para ma-achieve ang goal namin which is to win.”
Which squad do you think was the biggest competition last weekend?
“Ourselves. We need to pull off the routine that we have prepared almost a year in just six minutes under pressure.”
How did you come up with the theme?
“Yung theme na napili namin is a tribute for our alumni who performed last 2005 using a Hawaiian-inspired performance, which led them to win a sponsored award.”
What’s next for the team?
“Our next goal is to join the National Cheerleading Championship and hopefully mag-place din and also to prepare already for the next CDC.”
Where to for your next team building?
“As of now, back to training muna kami. Intayin namin kung saan kami mag va-vacation pero anywhere naman magiging masaya kame as long as mag kakasama kaming lahat!”