#UAAPCDC2015: Meet FEU Cheering Squad captain Adrian Angeles
Barry Viloria on Oct 02, 2015 11:55 PM
(All photos courtesy of Adrian Angeles)
“Bukas na… I know we can make it! Perfect routine is all we need... Laban hanggang sa huli,” lets FEU Cheering Squad captain Adrian Angeles out as his most recent Facebook status message before the much-awaited UAAP CDC tomorrow.
Leading the Tamaraws towards the championship will be no easy feat for Adrian, who’s been pressed to bring FEU—one of the biggest UAAP CDC contenders except maybe in the most recent seasons—its third title. The last time the Morayta-based squad was topmost was in 2009.
But Adrian seems chill.
“We’ll just work on perfecting the routine,” the 21-year-old Sports and Recreational Management major says. “Any place, bonus nalang yun. Mas gusto naming ngayon na maganda yung routine. Ibibigay nalang ni God yung panalo kung talagang nararapat.”
“But we’ll make sure to have fun,” he reveals, hinting a circus-themed performance inspired by the world-popular entertainment group Cirque du Soleil.
“Parang carnival. May flying trapeze and handstands, halo with cheerdance.”
Adrian hails from Lucena, Quezon. From playing basketball, he shifted his interest to dancing and then cheerleading—after he seemed to enjoy it more. (“Maganda tignan, eh! Nagustuhan kong matutunan” he laughs.) There, in his hometown, he’d join cheerleading tournaments in school and city meets, and mall competitions. He was already on his first year in tertiary school at Sacred Heart College in Lucena when a former FEU Cheering Squad member who taught in his high school recruited him. With a scholarship laid out ready for him, Adrian was convinced to travel to the city.
But he had to sit out for one more year at first—only getting to join the Group Stunts division on his first year. He and the group finished second to NU that year.
Life as a cheerleader can be a struggle, especially for Adrian who lives away from his folks. He trains with the team everyday from 6 to 9 in the morning, with the “quiet but very disciplined and firm” Coach Randell San Gregorio heading the program. He dreams of becoming a PE or gymnastics coach once all this is done.
Good thing, he gets to visit them way down south or vice versa whenever it’s the holidays. His younger brother Ralph is also now part of the FEU squad, so there’s not a lot of homesickness there now.
“’Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done,’” Adrian quotes as his sports motto.