Adamson Pep wanted to win hearts and trophies – and they did just that
Adamson has just bested UAAP Cheerdance powerhouses UP Pep Squad, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, NU Pep Squad, and FEU Cheering Squad
The Adamson Pep Squad placed for the very first time in the UAAP 80 Cheerdance Group Stunts.
“The moment na tinawag kami for Group Stunts, I was already thankful kasi sa tinagal-tagal na may Group Stunts, we never stepped sa podium. We were very thankful na nag-silver kami agad,” coach Jeremy Lorenzo said after the San Marcelino-based squad got the silver medal in the Group Stunts.
As it turns out, however, Adamson had much more to be thankful for as not long after, the Adamson Pep Squad also won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition itself for the very first time.
“Nung in-announce na gold kami, sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Lord, totoo ba ‘to? Gisingin niyo ako!’ I was really speechless,” Lorenzo said after his crew bested all of second-place UST, third-place UE, and traditional powerhouses NU, FEU, and UP.
The Soaring Falcons took everybody to the 1980s before taking their first-ever gold medals.
And in the end, they scored 663.50 – 25 better than their closest competitor.
Lorenzo and the squad should have seen their breakthrough win coming as they wowed the crowd the most of all teams with a perfectly pulled off routine. Asked about it afterward, he answered, “Technically, sobrang mild errors kasi, ‘di naman mawawala sa team yun.”
Still, the coach said they weren’t thinking that they were the winners until the announcement itself. As he put it, “At first talaga, after ng performance, sobrang sabaw ko. Nanonood lang ako ng performance ng ibang team.”
He then continued, “I was not assessing kung ano ranking namin. Basta natuwa lang kaming maganda ang run namin.”
Right then and there, Lorenzo said Adamson Pep was nothing but satisfied with the show they put on. “It’s not (about) how intense or serious the theme is. It’s about how you win hearts of the people,” he said.
He then continued, “Yun yung pinaka-motto ng Adamson – to win hearts and trophies.”
That, they did, and much of the venue was chanting “Adamson! Adamson! Adamson!” right before the announcement of the champions.
With that, the Soaring Falcons have reached the mountaintop – just a year after returning to the podium for the first time since 2001. “Last year talaga, sobrang stepping stone nung mag-second runner-up kami,” Lorenzo said.
Now, Adamson Pep can say they have the title that had been held at least once by the UP Pep Squad, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, the NU Pep Squad, and the FEU Cheering Squad. “Kung mahilero kami sa mga yun, it’s very flattering and overwhelming. We go the title and mag-strive pa kami para ma-sustain ‘to,” their mentor expressed.
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