#UAAPCDC2015 scoop: Meet Adamson Pep Squad captain Carlo Estelita

Barry Viloria on Oct 02, 2015 06:39 PM
#UAAPCDC2015 scoop: Meet Adamson Pep captain Carlo Estelita
(All photos courtesy of Carlo Estelita)

The last time the Adamson Pep Squad landed on the top ranks of the UAAP CDC was in 2001. The team then finished second. More often than not, the squad has since been relegated to bittersweet sayang kind of status—almost always ending up in fourth or fifth place, away from the usual top dogs UP, UST, or FEU. This was the same case in last year’s competition, when AdU finished fourth—26 points behind third placer UST.

“Kaunti nalang sana,” this year’s team captain Carlo Estelita remembers the team’s pirates-themed performance.

So, this year, Adamson Pep’s 19-year-old main man is ready to lift the rest of the Falcons to the sky. The nightly trainings, he says, are far more intense than those conducted previously.

“Mas doble yung hirap,” the 4th year Electronics and Communications Engineering student reveals, teasing on a “sexier, glossier” theme this year.

“As the captain, professional ako lagi. Walang kaibi-kaibigan. ‘Pag nasa mat, dapat makinig sila sa kin.”

Forgive Carlo. That’s just how intense this is to him. Cheerleading is nothing new to this lad, who was recruited way back in high school at Taguig Science High School. He joined the cheering squad for the school intramurals, did it again the next time because, as cliché as it sounds, fell in love with it. It helped that he was raking awards while on the squad. He was part of the Taguig Science squad in their championship feat in his sophomore year.

“Sa cheerleading ko nalalabas lahat, dito ko nakakalimutan lahat ng problems ko about sa school at iba pa,” he says, pleased. “Kulang ang araw ko pag di ako nag-training. Passion ko na to talaga.”

Carlo pours the same intensity and passion now that he’s in college cheerdance. It’s all in gratitude to Coach Joseph Mascariñas, responsible for recruiting him. (Coach Joseph actually invited Carlo and some other Taguig Science alumna to boost the Adamson Pep Squad together.) It’s also in tribute to his family, especially to his widowed father to whom he doesn’t want to be anymore of a “pabigat.” Yes, he a full scholar. He tries hard to catch up with school stuff given his very tight schedule.

“Para rin to sa family ko. Gusto ko talagang maging engineer para matulungan ko sila. Kahit mahirap yung sa pep, sacrifice ko na lang ito para makatapos sa pag-aaral.”

Carlo has one more year left in school, hoping to pass the eventual board exam and practice what he’s learned by working in some broadcast giant. Say, ABS-CBN.

For now, however, this Falcon’s eyes remain sharp on the prize.

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