#UAAPCDC2015: Blue Babble Batallion with high hopes to rise from ashes

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 02, 2015 04:44 PM
#UAAPCDC2015: Ateneo with high hopes to rise from ashes
MOONWALK THIS WAY. While Ateneo's first and only podium finish came six years ago, all the Blue Babble Battalion wants is to better their bottom-place finish in back-to-back years.

Back in 2009, Ateneo de Manila University moonwalked its way to its first podium finish in the history of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition – even topping heavyweights University of Sto. Tomas and University of the Philippines.

Unfortunately, the Blue Babble Battalion was unable to build on their breakthrough and slid right back to the bottom of the ladder, with back-to-back bottom place finishes in the most recent couple of competitions.

They aren’t coming out saying they’re shooting for the top in this year’s tournament, but the Katipunan kids will be making it their mission to prove they aren’t just one-hit wonders (a second-place finish in 2009) or one-trick ponies (the moonwalk lift). This, even if they recognize their talent is still in the process of catching up with the top tier.

“Ang strength namin ngayon is yung puso. Yung dedication sa ginagawa despite (the fact) na hindi naman talaga sila cheerleaders unlike yung competitors namin,” coach Archie Meris said.

This passion to represent Ateneo no matter the odds has kept their squad positive even as they remain understated in the competion. As team captain Myca Maala said, “Teammates kami pagdating sa training, pero outside, mafi-feel mo talaga yung bond. As in isang malaking barkada na ang hirap iiwan.”

Moreover, this passion just may fuel an unexpected run towards the podium, especially with a something they feel they can do as well as, if not better, than the top tier. “Para sa akin, ang pinaka-forte talaga namin is pyramids. Kahit medyo kulelat kami sa ibang aspects, yung pyramids, kaya naming makisabay kasi malakas naman yung mga tao namin,” Maala said.

She then added before trailing off while smiling, “So malay natin, diba? Baka dahil dun…”

The Babble coaches are banking on their team’s togetherness to achieve their modest goal of simply bettering their last-place finish the last two years. “Total teamwork talaga ang kailangan kasi pag wala ang isa, wala talagang pwedeng mag-sub kasi individual skills yan, walang pwedeng gumaya ng skills or lakas sa lifting,” Meris said.

 Ateneo will be heading into the 2015 CDC full of confidence and with no pressure whatsoever as they have nowhere to go but up. As their mentor shared, “Lagi ko silang pinapaalalahanan, lagi lang silang mag-relax and i-enjoy lang yung ginagawa nila.”

He then continued, “Basta isapuso yung mga ginagawa and I’m sure, makaka-survive sila sa six minutes na routine.”

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