Ateneo’s Babble has had enough with three-peat at the bottom

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2016 08:17 PM
Ateneo’s Babble has had enough with three-peat at the bottom
FOURTH TIME'S A CHARM. Ateneo's modest goal is just to climb out of the bottom.

How did the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion do last year? Eighth.

Ateneo de Manila University has been languishing in last-place for all of the past three UAAP Cheerdance Competitions.

But no more – if the Blue Babble Battalion themselves are to be believed.

Team captain Arthur Alianan is adamant that the kids from Katipunan will not match the worst four-year stretch in the history of the event. “Right now, our most immediate goal is just to get out of that last-place stigma. We want to show that we’re better than we’ve shown in the past few years,” he said.

He then continued, “We want to show that we can compete with the other teams.”

National University recorded the worst four-year stretch in the history of the event with four consecutive last-place finishes from 2002 to 2005.

However, Alianan was quick to admit that their most immediate goal is easier said than done.

Ateneo will try to get over the cellar-dwelling hump with a squad filled to the brim with youth. As he shared, “A lot of members are rookies so first time nila magpe-perform. In light of this, the team right now is both eager and anxious.”

And as the team captain, Alianan said he has seen to it to remind his rookies to focus on just this year’s performance. “As much as possible, hindi ko pinapaisip sa kanila kung anong ranking namin the past years. The most we can do is focus on our performance right now,” he expressed.

What’s giving Babble some sort of confidence, however, is the subtle shift in how they have been doing their halftime numbers during the Blue Eagles’ games. “Gaya nung pinapakita namin sa halftime, we try to show that we have developed, that we have gained more experience,” he said.

He then continued, “So what people should expect from us is to see a show – hindi yung tipong pang-commercial break lang, kung hindi something you’d actually sit down and watch.”

Asked about the theme of the blue and white’s prepared performance for the 2016 UAAP CDC, however, Alianan said that it was for them to know and for us to find out.

What Ateneo is guaranteeing is that if and when they pull off their performance the way they should, they have more than enough hope of avoiding a dubious four-peat at the bottom. “The only thing I can say is that if we have a perfect run, may pag-asa kami,” he expressed.

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