UP Pep after missing out on UAAP CDC medal anew: 'We're working on getting better'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 17, 2018 09:29 PM
UP Pep: 'We're working on getting better'
The UP Pep Squad is now experiencing a three-year medal drought in the UAAP Cheerdance

From 1995 to 2015, the UP Pep Squad was a fixture on the podium of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

That run included eight gold medals as well as six silver and bronze medals apiece.

After skipping out the 2016 edition of the event and then returning to action a year after, however, they have missed on any medal in back-to-back tries.

Nonetheless, the Fighting Maroons had nothing but good things to say about the winners of the Cheerdance on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Ang gagaling talaga nila. As you can see, masaya kami sa resulta kasi masasabi naming fair yung naging pag-judge,” team captain Mika Sales said.

She then continued, “Makikita natin talagang deserving ang mga nanalo.”

More than failing to place on the podium, UP, one of the storied squads in the event, was actually ranked sixth for the second straight season.

Still, State U’s Pep Squad was all smiles afterward. “We’re happy with our routine. This year, I know our team did our best and we had fun doing it,” Sales said.

According to the performers themselves, they perfectly executed a routine themed “Iskulay ng Sablay.”

What was that theme about exactly? “We chose that theme for each color of the ‘sablay’ – red was love, green was growth, yellow was happiness, and purple was faith and getting through it. We tried to show all of that through the routine,” Sales said, referring to her school’s graduation garment.

In the score sheet, though, that theme and that routine were far from enough to thrust UP back onto the podium as their score of 568.5 was 142.5 points behind gold medalist NU Pep Squad and 70 points behind bronze medalist Adamson Pep Squad.

Stuck at sixth for two years running, the proud program remains adamant that they will be back on the podium sooner than later. “Our goal every year is to do better from the year before. I think our team naman is going through that progression and I think we’re going to do better next year,” Maegan Mendoza Cabrera, also a team captain, said.

UP Pep only hopes that the Diliman community will be by their side all throughout that process. “Sana, hindi sila magsawa sumuporta. Ang pag-acquire ng skills, lalo na kung medyo ‘di binayayaaan sa budget, mahirap talaga and it takes a lot of time and effort,” Cabrera said.

She then continued, “Rest assured, we’re working on it, we’re working on getting better, we’re working on improving. Sana, wag silang magsawang magbigay ng suporta.”


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