UP Pep after sixth-place finish: ‘Masaya pa rin kami’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2017 07:41 PM
UP Pep after sixth-place finish: ‘Masaya pa rin kami’
The UP Pep Squad remains nothing but glad that they were able to put on a show for the UP community

The UP Pep Squad found themselves out of the top three for the first time since joining the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

Technically, they placed dead last a year ago by not joining, but in the contests they have took part in, Saturday at the MOA Arena was the very first time UP Pep was not on the podium.

Still, there were no frowns on the faces of the pride of State U. “Siyempre, masarap pa rin (ang feeling). After all that time, it still feels great to perform for the UP community ‘cause they’ve always, always been there for us,” co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera told reporters after they ranked sixth out of eight teams.

Even before the 2017 edition of the event, the Diliman-based squad said they didn’t have any medal in mind. For them, their return after a one-year absence was all about putting on a show for their beloved community.

However, that Iskolar ng Bayan-inspired routine was only good for 575.50 points – 35 less than fourth and fifth-ranked NU Pep Squad and FEU Cheering Squad, 59 less than third-ranked UE Pep Squad, 63 less than second-ranked UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, and 88 less than champion Adamson Pep Squad.

And yet, UP Pep were adamant that they were not worrying about finding themselves out of the top three – and out of the top five, even. “Ginawa namin lahat yun para sa UP community. If sila, proud pa rin sila sa amin, then we could say na masaya pa rin kami whether we win or lose kasi para sa kanila naman ‘to,” Cabrera said.

She then continued, “This is not for the title. This is for them.”

Co-captain Thea Obanil shared the same sentiments. “Masaya pa rin kami kasi kahit hindi nag-podium finish, alam naming binigay namin yung best namin para sa UP community. Masaya kami na kahit anong mangyari, sa huli’ti-huli, nandyan pa rin sila,” she said.

She then continued, “Hinding-hindi maaalis yung pagmamahal ng UP Pep Squad para sa UP community at ng UP community para sa UP Pep Squad.”

In the end, while their UP-centric theme fell short of what was brought by the likes of Adamson’s breakthrough, UST’s return to form, and UE’s surprise, the squad was nothing but satisfied. “After talaga, sobrang gaan, sobrang sarap ng feeling. ‘Di man siya yung perfect run, pero masaya kami,” Obanil said.

Cabrera added, “Sa totoo lang, magaan yung feeling namin because we worked really hard and binigay talaga namin yung best namin. Sobrang dami naming pinagdaanan, but at the end of the day, we were still able to present.”


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