UAAP Cheerdance 2017 a storybook ending for graduating Salinggawi captain
"Masarap umalis na nasa podium yung team niyo."
UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe team captain Benjo Gutierrez could hardly catch his breath.
"Feeling ko panaginip po ‘to. Hindi ko po inexpect."
After falling just a few tenths of a point short for a podium finish in the 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition, Gutierrez and the Salinggawi Dance Troupe's tiger-inspired routine earned them a first runner-up finish in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition, Saturday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.
For the graduating Gutierrez, who took to the Cheerdance floor one last time for 'Gawi, it was the perfect send off, especially since he wasn't expecting to make it back on the podium this year.
"Indescribable, sobrang hindi ko po ma-describe kasi hindi po kami nag-eexpect, gusto lang namin ng magandang run, pero yung mabalik sa podium, especially for me kasi graduating na ako,"
"Masarap umalis na nasa podium yung team niyo." Gutierrez added.
While there were a number of notable moments in UST's routine, Gutierrez says that his favorite part of it all wasn't anything that could be seen on TV or by the audience in attendance.
"Yung favorite ko siguro yung hindi nakikita ng mga tao, favorite part ko yung nag-uusap kami sa loob and nabubuo namin yung pyramids kasi yun yung isang sign na buo kaming lahat, nag-cheer kami for UST."
Saturday night was the last time for Gutierrez to cheer for UST - in the UAAP CDC at least - and while he'll be watching from the sidelines next year, the outgoing captain has some words of advice for his younger Salinggawi teammates.
"Keep passionate, trust the process, and trust yourselves."