UAAP CDC 2017: New UST Salinggawi coach debuts with a first runner-up finish

New UST Salinggawi coach debuts with first runner-up finish
"What matters is ibigay lahat, leave no regrets on the floor, and mag enjoy lang kayo, the place is more than enough to be thankful."

Talk about making an immediate impact. 

Just seven months after taking over as the new head coach of the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, Mark Chaiwalla has already brought a silver medal back to Espanya after their first runner-up finish in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition, Saturday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

"Kanina, I was just praying for the best, sabi ko ano man maging result, tanggapin naming buo," Chaiwalla told the media after the event. "Sabi ko sa team na the fact nag perform kayo with all your heart you had fun, you offered it to the Lord, that’s enough."

Chaiwalla is no stranger to the UAAP CDC atmosphere. 

A former member of Salinggawi himself, the nursing graduate says that he's experienced the peaks and the valleys of the team.

Chaiwalla was part of Salinggawi from 2009 to 2013, and in his final year, 'Gawi finished in seventh place, their lowest in UAAP Cheerdance Competition history. 

"I’ve been through the highest and lowest of 'Gawi. Last year ko lowest place ng 'Gawi."

In his first year at the helm, Chaiwalla gets a silver finish, the highest he's ever reached as part of the team. 

"What matters is ibigay lahat, leave no regrets on the floor, and mag enjoy lang kayo, the place is more than enough to be thankful."

If Chaiwalla's debut is any indication of the direction that the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe is headed, then the Thomasian faithful have a lot to be excited about. 

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