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3rd straight, 8th overall for U.P. Pep

THE University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad bagged its third-straight University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Cheerdance Competition crown on Saturday at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena.

The cheerdancers from Diliman displayed a near perfect routine in defending its crown, also the school’s eighth overall to tie University of Santo Tomas (UST) with the most number of titles since the event was held in 1994.

The UP Pep Squad, which went from blond last year to almost bald this season, pocketed the grand prize of P340,000.

Members of the UP Pep Squad shaved their heads in promoting freedom and gender equality.

The Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad finished second and took home P200,000, while the National University Pep Squad finished third. It was the best finish for the hosts, who went home with P140,000.

UST ranked fourth while De La Salle Pep Squad, which finished second last year, ended up fifth. Ateneo was sixth, Adamson University seventh and University of the East eighth.

It was the second “three-peat” for the UP Pep Squad, which completed its first hat trick in 1999 to 2001 before the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe won the next five.

UP also won the group stunts category, followed by FEU and NU. Six schools competed in the side event.

UP’s Nicolette Erika Ambulo was voted as the Samsung Stunner of the competition, beating bets from UST and De La Salle.

The league utilized foreign judges for the competition—Yu Chun Huang, president of Chinese Taipei Cheerleading Federation; Joe Jackson of USASF Safety/Legality; Manuel Malonzo, associate director of Chameleon Dance Theater; Eftimu Luminata from Romania; and Julien Leblond of the International Cheerleading Federation.

Ronald Sulva, Alejandro Mendelebar and Lydia Sangkula judged the group stunt competition.

The eight cheerdance teams were judged according to dance technique (10-20 points), jumps/tumbling (10-15), tosses (10-15), lifts/stunts (10-15), pyramids (10-15) and choreography (6-10).

In Photo: The University of the Philippines Pep Squad in another near-flawless performance. (Roy Domingo)








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