1998: A new champion cometh, the FEU Cheering Squad!
Gerry Plaza on Nov 18, 2016 09:15 AM
With such signature routines as the worm-crawl that were all incorporated into complicated circular formations utilizing the entire court, the FEU Cheering Squad showed upscale techniques unseen in the entire competition that year.
After three years on top and the UAAP deciding to cancel the event in 1997, UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe chose to skip the competition when it resumed the next year.
This was the time for another school to shine: Far Eastern University and its Cheering Squad.
It truly reflected the surge of the Tamaraws that year, after winning the UAAP men’s basketball crown in 1997 behind Ronald Magtulis, Michael Oliver, Edwin Manabat, and Anastacio Mendoza. They had the chance to win back-to-back titles, only to fall amidst the blitzkrieg of the formidable De La Salle Green Archers, which won their first UAAP championship in eight years with Renren Ritualo, Don Allado, Ronald Cuan and Dino Aldeguer at the helm.
But in the comebacking cheerdance competition, it was a different story for FEU.
Now titled the “Nestlé Crunch Ice Cream Cheering Competition,” the FEU Cheering Squad and other competing schools had the opportunity to show their wares and get a shot at the elusive title dominated by UST since its inception.
And, FEU lorded it over the competition. The FEU Cheering Squad showed it had what it takes to become the new cheerdance giants. With such signature routines as the worm-crawl that were all incorporated into complicated circular formations utilizing the entire court, the FEU Cheering Squad showed upscale techniques unseen in the entire competition that year.
It won over the DLSU Pep Squad for its very first Cheerdance title. UP, now bannered by a newly formed Varsity Pep Squad, took third place.
Even if FEU won without the tough and glittering UST Salinggawi defending its title, their impeccable, acrobatic routines made the Morayta-based cheerleaders deserving of their historic win.