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UP PEP SQUAD
Ready to take on all comers
By Patrick Leonard Mayo
THE Diliman-based cheerdancers are expected to erase the bitter losses of the UP Maroons. AUGUST DELA CRUZ
ILLING up the arena has never been attributed to the UP crowd as far as UAAP basketball is concerned.
But when the annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition comes, expect the Maroon and Green community to come out in full force to support the back-toback defending champion UP Pep Squad, even if the Mall of Asia Arena and UP Diliman are at both ends of the metro. With perennial contenders FEU Cheering Squad and the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (SDT) out to reclaim lost glory along with the rest of the other squads, the UP Pep Squad knows very well that it should not rest on its laurels and has to prepare for the CdC as early as possible. “We started training for the routine as early as summer, along with the conditioning program and gymnastics skills. As for the dances, we started naman noong July,” said assistant coach Pio Opinaldo. And with the competition getting tighter every year, the coaches had to make sure that they improve on all aspects, not only in their gymnastics. “We also increased the level of difficulty ng mga dances and stunts namin kasi all the other teams are improving na rin so kailangan naming sabayan ’yon,” he added. But these kids do not only have dancing and practicing for
the CdC on their minds as their roles as students come first before being athletes. The 25-member strong UP Pep Squad has a mix of rookies who compose practically half of the team and some graduating
FEU CHEERING SQUAD
By Danielle Nakpil
BEING the lone school to break the UP-UST party in the history of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the Far Eastern University Cheering Squad makes sure that it will be a team to watch this season. Sporting a wild and fierce look this year, Far Eastern University is more than ready to rock the Mall of Asia Arena. “We are wild to win!” These were the words from elated FEU Cheering Squad Coach Jacqueline Alolor-Alota when asked by INQUIRER LIBRE in an exclusive interview about what the people should expect from them on Sept. 22. “Ang edge namin ay ang confidence,” said Alota who has been coaching the squad for 10 years. Just like other member schools of the UAAP according , to Alota, the FEU Cheering Squad has been practicing and preparing for its routine since summer. “We have been preparing this routine since June. And
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we are really working hard for this,” said Captain Eryka de Roxas. According to De Roxas, a fourth year Mass Communication student, her squad’s advantage is its wild, fierce performances. She also added that they are well prepared for the competition. After finishing third last year, the squad does not feel any pressure for the most awaited cheerleading event in the country. They say that all they have to do is to enjoy their performance and be the best that they can be. “Wala kaming biggest contender,” said Coach Alota. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa mga bata that we compete against ourselves.” Being a true-blue Tamaraw herself, graduating with a degree in Secondary Education, Coach Jacqueline has always been on the team’s side no matter what. “Minsan maiiyak ka. Pero in the end, ikaw talaga ang nandiyan para sa kanila,” said Alota.
students as well who all need to stay focused on their studies despite the rigors of intensive training. “We usually train four to six hours a day after class. We start at six then we usually last up at 12 in the midnight,” said Kiko Cortez who is one of the three co-captains of the team. “Medyo mahirap din magbalance but with the training that we have, we have learned to develop the right discipline and responsibility to be able to balance our academics and our training,” added co-captain Irish Planes. This year’s CdC will be a memorable one for the UP Pep Squad since not only is it out to defend its back-to-back titles but also to tie its longtime rival the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe for most number of championships, with eight. “Yes, it adds pressure but as much we don’t try to think of that as much as possible but rather focus on a perfect run. What’s important is mapasaya namin ang UP community,” Opinaldo said. And with the reputation of surprising the audience that they have built over the years, fans may be in for another breathtaking treat. “They can expect our dances to be more creative than last year and our lifts and stunts as well,” said co-captain Beatrice Segundo.
FANS can expect a breathtaking routine from UP.
AUGUST DELA CRUZ
SEPTEMBER 14-22, 2012
TRAINING hard to turn silver into gold.
DLSU ANIMO SQUAD
By Randolph Leongson
HEY say when you’re almost at the top, there is no way to go but up. But for the DLSU Animo Squad, bridesmaids for four UAAP Cheerdance Competitions, it’s a new year and it’s virtually a new team.
“We lost a lot of members from last year’s squad due to graduation,” said female cheerdancers’ captain Natasha Mendoza. “Thankfully, our rookies picked up fast.” After a 13-year drought, the Taft-based cheerers made their triumphant return to the Top Three last year by finishing at second place, just behind seventime champ UP But the squad is . determined to defer the traces of pressure against their favor. “We realized that we could win it all last year. It’s an added pressure, but we’ll set our mind and try our best to win the big
one,” said Paolo Ian Lucero, the captain of the male cheerleaders. For the multi-titled Rhufa Rosario, the coach who took over the DLSU Animo Squad last year, he believes this group has something special to bring for La Salle. “Knowing that we lost a lot of our veterans, our target is to maintain our spot in the Top Three,” he said. “We’ll give and show na kaya naming makipagsabayan sa mga pinakamagaling sa UAAP .”
THE team with new faces aims to bring something special this season.
After all, Rosario was the one who anchored the Perpetual Help Altas Perpsquad to three straight NCAA Cheerleading Championships since 2009. Rising to the occasion is on his repertoire, and bringing that winning tradition he started in Perpetual won’t really be much of a problem for the Animo cheerdancers. “We believe we’re one of the elites,” he said. Rosario added that they’ll be looking out for the usual suspects, especially UP because, “sila na lang ’yong ’di pa namin natatalo (from last year).” “This year, our focus will be on difficulty, but we’ll still have our gimmicks,” Rosario said. “We have new drills employed to us by Coach (Rosario). Aside from the basic drills of forward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands, we worked hard to get in our form,” said the 19-year-old Mendoza. “What we are excited about are the new ones like the round-off backhand spring.” She adds, “We believe we’re a strong team, and we’re willing to prove it.” The 20-year-old Lucero said, “our stunts are the ones to watch out for. That is what the Animo Squad is known for.”
“’Yong choreography namin, iba-iba. Punong-puno talaga at mas daring kaysa sa mga nakita nila dati,” he added. But if there’s something the highly touted La Salle mentor has in store for his fans, Rosario said that the DLSU Animo Squad will be nothing short of “unpredictable.” “We train harder to improve their skills. Iba ang cheerleaders ng La Salle,” he said. “We’ll keep our belts on and hopefully, the silver can be gold this time.” On a possible teaser on what they would bring into the table on Sept. 22, the eye-candy Mendoza only has one thing to say. “The gloves are going to come off.”
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UP —The UAAP’s premier cheerdance squad lives to entertain. And so far, the judges have been impressed. With gifted athletes and a veteran coaching staff, UP remains the team to beat. Last year’s combination of choreography and technical skills enabled it to beat all the other squads. Will this year be different? We predict UP still having enough to hang on, despite the retooling of all other squads. tented with top 3 finishes.
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NU — The squad is tighter this year, with new recruits from the provinces, and a veteran coaching staff, they will continue their climb towards the top 3. With strong support from the alumni and school, it is one of the best supported squads in the UAAP They . are also competing in their ‘homecourt’ at the Arena.
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STRENGTHS: Choreography, athletic ability, dance
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FEU — Coming from its 2nd place finish in the 2012 Nationals, the squad comes into the UAAP Cheerdance Competition with added swagger. Last year’s finish was a fluke, and the Tamaraws expect nothing less than the top spot. With their unique combination of grace, tumbling, and choreography, they remain favorites to win it as well. Veteran coach Jackie Alolor is not one to remain con-
DLSU— The combination of 6-time NCAA champion coach Ruffa Rosario and former NCC stunt coaches Andro Garde and Andrew Maravillas pushed the squad to the number 2 last year. Some solid recruits from high school, and the veteran cast may virtually assure another top 3 finish. If they can hit their stunts and tosses when it matters, they should finish higher.
STRENGTHS: Stunts, skills, tosses, tumbling
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ADMU— Benefitting from its prized recruits from Team Pilipinas from Poveda and Holy Spirit, the squad does not lack the tools to compete for a top 3 finish. Having 2time Southeast Asian champion coach Randell San Gregorio doesn’t hurt either. The Eagles usually come up with something surprising every year. Again, they have to execute to perfection if they want to crack the top 3.
STRENGTHS: Dance, choreography, tumbling
ADAMSON — Led by 4-time National Champion Arnold Villanueva, the Falcons continue to improve every year. Though not able to retool as well as other squads, the Falcons will put on a show.
STRENGTHS: Stunts, choreography,
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UST— Salinggawi continues to be a squad to watch out for. Increased emphasis on technical skills, however, will have to force this squad to level up. They start their climb back to the top with champion high school coach and Team Pilipinas assistant coach Ramon Pagaduan. With some Team Pilipinas squad members in the fold, expect the revitalized squad with higher technical scores, and fresh dance routines. They may end up higher than we predict.
UE — Former CCP assistant coach Jomel Bernardo joins the Warriors this season. This only means UE is serious about making waves in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition in the coming years. UE was one of the original cheering squads back in the day, and we hope they carry this same passion with them as the squad moves forward.
NOTE: Rankings will really depend on the judges. Last year, a new judge was inserted at the last minute by UAAP CdC ManComm, surprising all other schools. In case there will be international judges again this year, that means there will be more technical skill emphasis.
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ented. It’s just that for years, they didn’t have a coach to guide them. They didn’t have any formal training in tosses and the lifts. They would watch stunts in YouTube and try to copy that themselves,” he said. Mascariñas capitalized on the innate resiliency of the squad and developed their talents. He said that over the summer they focused on dancing lessons. This was what was lacking in the team. Last year, the Pep Squad had a marionette and toy soldiers theme. INQUIRER LIBRE was told that it would be completely different routine this year. That audience could expect a more streamlined approach and a more relatable and trendier theme.
ADAMSON PEP SQUAD
By Ruth L. Navarra
HIS season, the Adamson Pep Squad wants to be known as the squad who can.
the bottom tier and into a higher the highly competitive Central Colleges of the Philippines Bobcats. He’s been in the cheerleading sports for 13 years. The members of the competing squad are mostly freshies. Their coach, however, adds that they are more competitive than the squad of previous years. “I am not saying that the squad before was any less tal-
That they can get out of position in the overall rankings. That they can give other contenders a run for their money. That they can win hearts over trophies. “We want to prove to everyone that we are worth supporting. That we are worth the respect,” said sophomore coach Joseph Mascariñas. The coach has been a part of
RESPECT THEY SEEK
THE Adamson Pep Squad will flash a new routine this season.
When they have presented their routine to school officials, they were told that this was the Adamson Pep Squad from years back. From the time when they placed second in the overall
rankings of the UAAP Cheerdance competition. With all the high hopes and the changes, this could be the year when the Adamson Pep Squad surprises everyone.
Rejuvenated Salinggawi out for payback
By Ruth L. Navarra
HE UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (SDT) promises to be tougher, stronger and definitely faster this year.
new members. Some of those who joined the squad already have high level of cheerleading skills. We didn’t have to start from scratch with them,” said Dimaculangan. The character and perseverance of the team was tested earlier in the school year. It was late in July and so close to the competition when the contract of their long-time choreographer Ryan Silva was not renewed. It left the squad rudderless for more than a week.
“Our problem last year was that we had a clean execution but it was very slow,” said SDT president Danrev Dimaculangan. It is this very problem that they are addressing in their current routine. This year’s SDT is a rookieladen squad, he said, but their confidence is so sky-high that the squad is daring to try some stunts they have never done before. “Last summer was the first time we actively recruited for
“It was very difficult time for us but we kept our training hours. We also used the time to conceptualize for our theme in this year’s competition,” Dimaculangan said. It is this theme that their new coach Ramon Pagaduan IV worked on, sprinkling some of his ideas on it. Pagaduan is a former SDT member and a senior to Silva. The two are said to be close friends. He previously coached the De La Salle Pep Squad and St. Paul College-Pasig. He has his own record of titles under his belt. There was no honeymoon phase for the squad and the
new coach with the Cheerdance Competition looming over their heads. They had to adapt quickly to his style of coaching. The SDT received a favorable twist of fate with the postponement of the schedule of the cheerdance competition to a later date. It gave the squad more time to work on their routine. Although squads normally keep their cards close to their chests when it comes to the CDC, Dimaculangan gave a hint of what the SDT will do during competition. He said they are working on a routine that will be a departure from the “fierce” theme the
school has fleshed out in the past years. This year’s routine will be less gritty and will aim to please. “The pressure to win is always there. The Thomasian community expects us to go out and win all the time. We take this as a challenge. We take even the negative comments as a challenge,” Dimaculangan said. The relatively young squad is already over the disappointment of failing to crack the top three last year. The SDT is invigorated and inspired. And maybe, just maybe, the new leadership was the shot in the arm they sorely needed.
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SEPTEMBER 14-22, 2012
NU Pep Squad ready to shock the opposition
By Denison Ray Dalupang
AFTER appetizers, NU Pep will treat the crowd to the main course. ROMY HOMILLADA
HANGE could either be bad or good. And while National University’s hoops squad is busy translating change into wins, its cheerleading squad is trying to follow suit on Sept. 22’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
vided with everything—from a new building to a fullyequipped weight room for conditioning,” she recalled. Bernabe, who has been around cheerleading and gymnastics since her elementary years, also saw action in the Cheerdance Competition during her college years with FEU. “At times, my intentions for the team were misinterpreted since I am a Tamaraw. There are small arguments on the side too, but we managed to handle it and become a cohesive unit,” Bernabe said. Trying to top last year’s matador-inspired routine, Bern-
But the road to glory is never easy, and building a contender from the ground up is no joke, said NU Pep coach Ghicka Bernabe. “There are lots of adjustments from all of us,” she said. “It was not easy for me and the dancers to get close, but we eventually able to weave ourselves into one family.” All of the changes couldn’t have been possible if not for mall magnate Henry Sy’s acquisition of NU in 2008. “It was a game-changer for the whole university. Before, we just practiced in a small and old gym. Now, we’re virtually pro-
abe said the squad tweaked its synchronized dismounts, taking notes from last year’s sour, sixth-place finish. “Last year was just an appetizer, we are now ready to serve the main course,” she quipped. Bernabe believes they will again pull off a shocker on Saturday and hopefully complete the metamorphosis into a champion squad. “Our routine was authentic and refreshing,” said Bernabe, noting the crowd’s reception of
NU in last year’s CdC hostilities. “We believe that we won the crowd last year, basing on how they reacted prior to the announcement of the 1st runnerup and comments over YouTube. “They were actually expecting NU to win!’” said squad captain Rose Anne De Leon. “I firmly believe our routine’s execution and stunts’ difficulty will bolster our chances,” she added. Most of the squad’s gymnasts
were recruited from a pool that saw action in the Palarong Pambansa and the Norzagaray Gymnastics Group, and Bernabe is confident that they will deliver. NU will also bank on its key members—veterans Jerome Elpedes, Cleon Cepillo, Adrian Alban and Kyle Pangilinan; and will draw electricity from its newcomers Nikki and Marnelli Calleja, Micah Javier and Alludin Panaraag. “Beware of the Bulldogs,” warned Bernabe.
THERE’LL be no sour finish this season for NU judging from its pre-season form. ROMY HOMILLADA
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ATENEO BLUE BABBLE BATALLION
By Alexx Esponga
No way but up
FOR the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Babble Battalion, it is time for them to stretch their majestic wings, get themselves ready for take off as they take the flight of their lives.
The Blue Eagles believe they will have a triumphant season. “Last year, hindi kami sumali at hindi rin kami masyado nag-ha-halftime,” said John Simbajon. “This year, mas nagprepare talaga kami since FilOil so, malaking difference ’yon in terms of our confidence.” With support from the sea of Blue and White, the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion is ready to bring out the One Big Fight they have in themselves and give everyone one electrifying performance. “Our routine is a lot harder from last year,” quipped senior cheerleader Bea Crisologo. “Our theme, which we aren’t allowed to reveal yet, is really something different, something that is not expected from Ateneo.” The squad of coaches Randel San Gregorio and Ivan Claudio are hopeful that they create a big surprise in the tournament. “Of course, we want to have a perfect run,” said team captain Desiree Fadri. “We also want to place this year and we are ready for that.” The maturity of the squad also contributed a lot and helped them master the routine faster and easier. Senior Laurence Arceno shared that they didn’t have a hard time teaching the newbies because everyone had their own cheerleading backgrounds. “Sobrang nag-step up ’yong mga rookies namin this year,” Arceno added. “Hindi rin naman namin napapansin kung sino ang bago at hindi kasi may tiwala kami sa isa’t isa.” Crisologo said they treat each other as family. They are well bonded before, during and after practice sessions that gives them more reason to enjoy what they’re doing. “We just need to love what we’re doing and of course, concentrate,” said Simbajon. “We want to be focused on just one goal and as long as we are united as one team, things will not go wrong.”
THE Blue Babble will not disappoint.
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