FEU trusts the process, but Cheering Squad still aiming for #1
Paul Lintag on Nov 16, 2016 01:38 PM
TOP GUN. FEU is eyeing a podium finish for the first time in four years.
How did the FEU Cheering Squad do last year? Fourth.
As part of the original "Big 3", it can be safe to say that Far Eastern University has suffered quite a steep decline in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
As the only team that stopped the vaunted UP and UST dynasties from the CDC's inception up until 2012, the FEU Cheering Squad's stock has gone down in the last three seasons.
Part of it has been National University's incredible rise to the top.
However, FEU's problems in the UAAP CDC run deeper as Morayta hasn't placed in the top three for the last three years.
FEU made it to the podium for 10 straight years before that, winning a second title in 2009 thanks to the now immortal "Sarimanok."
The low point came in 2014 after the FEEU Cheering Squad dropped to fifth, losing to Adamson and while the Tamaraws went back to fourth last year, the gap between them and the top three was significant. In fact, the FEU Cheering Squad barely beat an impressive UE side.
While a proud team like FEU certainly wants to return to the UAAP's elite immediately, the latest batch of Tamaraws are taking it slow in order to make sure that they do things right. "There's always pressure naman regardless if contender or hindi. There's always that pressure, pero it's a process and siyempre 'di mo pwede madaliin yung process," second-year head coach Randell San Gregorio said.
"Kumbaga you take it one day at a time and with the mindset na siyempre dapat medyo mag-double time kami para makabalik kami sa top 3," he added, aware that FEU is not used to missing out on a medal in the UAAP Cheerdance.
However, taking it slow does not mean that the FEU Cheering Squad are not gunning for the title in 2016.
Just like everyone else, they are going all out.
"Well, we're always aiming for number one. Yun naman yun ever since kahit minsan hindi siya realistic, pero at least the motivation should be always there. Anytime may pagkakataon kang kunin, gawan mo nang paraan para makuha mo kasi malay mo makuha mo," San Gregorio said.
With the UAAP putting a premium on execution and degree of difficulty, as evidenced by NU's current three-year reign, the FEU Cheering Squad has left no stone unturned in their buildup for this year's UAAP CDC.
Whether it's the actual theme of the performance, the degree of difficulty, the pyramids and stunts, or their choice of songs, FEU has it covered.
"Balanse kami ngayon so wala kaming iniwan na element. Ini-intensify namin lahat as much as we can," San Gregorio said.
Parading a broadway style routine, San Gregorio, who has taken over the FEU program with a jolly presence and the occassional mean streak, says that their winning formula boils down to one thing. "It's simple. lessen the errors, if not avoid them," he said.
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