#UAAPCDC2015 scoop: Meet Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion captain Elena Villanueva
Barry Viloria on Oct 03, 2015 09:12 AM
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This year is Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion captain Elena Villanueva’s last in terms of competing at the UAAP CDC. She’s been boosting the squad since her freshman year, and the Interdisciplinary Student is now looking into her Masters in education right after graduation.
Her memory of joining her would-be home for four years, however, still paints fresh. Even if she was already doing gymnastics and cheering for her high school at Assumption College San Lorenzo, getting into Babble still fazed her at first.
“It was very different, even if I was already competing in the NCC. I was quite intimidated as a rookie,” she recalls.
Elena, now 20 and the cheer captain, has since learned how to adjust. She was balancing school, pep duties, and her duties as member of the Ateneo Collegiate Society of Advertising (she loves doing promotional work!) She knew she had to keep a better attitude despite the nightly trainings. Her commitment, too, sparked brighter.
“When you looked at those who went ahead of me, you would really see what it’s like to be committed. They were really something to look up to and aspire for.”
While Ateneo may have finished last in the UAAP CDC in the past two years, Elena is as well focused on Babble’s other, more exciting and challenging task as cheerleaders. That is, to lift the spirits of the Blue Eagles whenever they’re on court.
“I just like the nature of the sport. It’s just very galing because being in Babble, it’s fulfilling to be there for the athletes. There are a lot of memorable games that we there to support, especially the Ateneo-La Salle games.”
“As for me, I was impressed with our athletes more. You kind of naturally become a fan.”
Though, with coaches Barbara Escueta, Angelo Subaldo, and Archie Meris at the director’s chair, the UAAP CDC still is one contest Elena still personally hopes to ace.
“It’s the thing that I’m really skilled at and not a lot of people can do it,” she declares. “I love competing because I believe it’s what I’ve been skilled to do.”
The theme this year, she teases, is “just something refreshing.”
“If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.”