#UAAPCDC2015 scoop: Meet UE Pep Squad captain JP Santiago

Barry Viloria on Oct 03, 2015 09:46 AM
#UAAPCDC2015 scoop: Meet UE Pep Squad captain JP Santiago
Follow JP Santiago on Instagram: @ johnpaulsanti1 (All photos courtesy of JP Santiago)

John Paul “JP” Santiago, leader of the Warriors’ pack at #UAAPCDC2015, is your typical bibo kid growing up. He dabbled in dance and acting so much so that he was an active member of the Tanghalang Bagong Sibol Theater and Dance Co. in his high school at Malabon National High School.

But what attracted him to cheerdance once he got into college are the stunts.

“Gusto kong i-try lahat ng different genres ng dance like contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. Nagustuhan ko naman lalo na yung tumbling and lifting,” he narrates.

But there was more that made him stick with it for three years now.

“Maganda yung discipline na tinuturo. Hindi lang literal na dancing and pure cheearleading. May teamwork na na-bi-build. Di pwedeng isa lang magaling,” he explains.

For this year’s CDC, JP added more fuel to his passion being hailed the captain of the UE Pep Squad. In preparation for the competition, he says the squad worked on the following formula: Learn the target skills, condition (“Sobrang hardcore lagi warm-up namin!”), then put the routine together. If all goes well, the red team will surely be a force to be reckoned with at later’s event.

Citing coaches Dico Ili and Gibson Alegre, “’If you want to be a champion, act like a champion.’ Yung attitude namin sa mat, yun talaga yung mahalaga. Sobrang strict ng coaches mapaloob o mapalabas ng stage. Character building ang ginagawa nila.”

JP gets inspiration from his family “kasi sila lang naman lagi kong kasama. Supportive talaga sila sa dancing career ko.

The Broadcasting senior hopes to give back to his folks not only by being all out at the competition but also by finishing school soon. This perky guy’s career path of choice: Working in television, of course.

“I want to be in TV production kasi yun talaga yung gusto ko.  Pwedeng sa hard news or documentaries. I’ll work as an assistant, writer, or researcher. Maybe sa big networks like ABS and GMA.”

“My idol is Jessica Soho.”

On his last cheerdance battle before chasing his TV prod dreams, JP reveals the team—from executing a Moro-inspired theme last season—will go back to “a more natural way of entertaining.”

“Clowns,” he puts the theme succinctly. “Ipapakita namin yung funny side namin.”

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