|The UP StreetDance Club posted this photo of members of dance group The Crew wearing their gold medals after the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas. Photo from Jerome Dimalanta
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A dance group in the Philippines won first place in the adult division of the World Hip Hop Dance Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
“The Crew” of the University of the Philippines’ StreetDance Club bested dance teams from 43 countries after getting a score of 7.39 in the adult division finals.
Mexico placed second, while the United States landed in third place.
“[It’s] a miracle. We didn’t really expect it,” one of the members of The Crew told ABS-CBN News.
“Mahal namin ‘yung ginagawa namin. Even if wala talagang sumusuporta sa amin, gagawa kami ng paraan to be here, para lumipad to represent our country and para talaga gawin ‘to. Mahal namin ‘yung sayaw, mahal namin si God,” another said.
Chet Buchanan, host of the World Hip Hop Championship, meanwhile said: “[The Philippines] It’s such a proud nation and they take hip hop seriously.”
The Philippine Allstars, who won the 2008 World Hip Hop Championship, also extended their congratulations to The Crew.
“2012 World Hip Hop Dance Champions… From the Philippines, The Crew! Congratulations! Woooooooh! Pinas Pataas!” the group said.
The dance group Jabbawockeez, which mostly consists of Filipino-Americans, received the World Hip Hop Living Legend Award in this year’s competition.
On Saturday, the UP StreetDance Club won the bronze medal in the MegaCrew category of the World Hip Hop Dance Championship. – With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau