NU Pep's key for UAAP CDC comeback? Moving on
Danine Cruz on Nov 17, 2018 09:53 PM
Moving on is the key for the UAAP Season 81 Cheerdance champions, the NU Pep Squad.
Season 80 was a year of heartbreaks for the National University Pep Squad.
Gunning for a fifth straight championship, they got their hearts broken after falling out of the podium. NU was known for bulletproof stunts and snappy moves, but on that year those were not present as they fell to the fifth spot. They were deducted 11 points due to errors. It was also the year that the Bulldogs were seen as villains in the league due to the dynasty they have built.
Come UAAP CDC Season 81, the NU Pep Squad returned refreshed, invigorated, and champions once again.
With a Dia de Los Perros (Day of the Dog) theme, they finished with 711 points, making them a mile away from the first runner-up, the FEU Cheering Squa, who finished with 655.5 points. Most remarkably, it was a flawless run that garnered them zero deductions.
"That’s the main goal, hindi kami magcommit ng any deduction kasi malaking bagay. sometimes yung one point malaki yung nagagawa nun eh sa buong routine and for us bago namin hilingin na mag-champion kami ulit, we prayed for a clean, safe, and flawless routine," said head coach Ghicka Bernabe.
Clearly, they have moved on from the ghosts of the past season. Bernabe shared that the moving on process was the highlight of this year's preparations. They took some time off to heal first before going on for Season 81 preparations.
"Last year’s experience was very memorable, siguro bago kami nag-aral ng bagong, stunts, pyramids and tosses, lahat ng skills na yun, ang una naming inaral after that scenario is how to move on and yung acceptance kasi mas mahirap gumawa ng bagong routine," she said.
During their performance, gasps of amazement and disbelief resounded around the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena. The bulletproof stunts were back. The snappy pyramids were there again. Everyone in the venue was delightfully amazed with the Bulldogs number.
The NU Pep Squad who UAAP CDC fans all know of is back and they are bound to do some more damage in the next years.
"Next goal namin is champion uli," Bernabe added.
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