MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad wowed the crowd with their Madonna-inspired routine to retain its title in this year’s UAAP Samsung Cheerdance competition.
The blonde-haired UP cheerdancers radiated with confidence while pulling off a flawless performance in front of more than 20,000 spectators at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
As a result, the Diliman-based pep squad took home its 2nd straight cheerdance title and the P340,000 top prize.
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad upset all other favorites in the cheerdance tilt by winning first runner up.
It was the first time for the Animo Squad, which pocketed the P200,000 1st runner up prize, to earn a top 3 placing in the competition.
Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad’s Indian-inspired theme was deemed good for 3rd place. They went home with P140,000.
The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe ended at 4th place, followed by the Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad at 5th and the National University (NU) Pep Squad at 6th.
The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion wounded up at 7th place while the University of the East (UE) Pep Squad finished last.
Last season, UP snatched the title from then defending champion FEU.
Higher placing for NU, UST
ABS-CBN correspondent Gretchen Fullido noted that the top 3 placers did perform near flawless routines to the delight of the crowd.
"All 3 schools performed really well, including NU, I should note, and UST,” she told ANC’s “Prime News”.
The NU Pep Squad had a matador-style routine, complete with red cloth.
UST’s routine, on the other hand, included the commemoration of its 400th founding anniversary.
“A lot of people were hoping that NU would make it as well and the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, but [the schools] fell short,” said Fullido.
It was a clean sweep for UP as it also won the secondary titles in this year’s cheerdance event.
The UP Pep Squad bested National University (NU) and FEU in the Group Stunt event.
UP’s Nesza Salvador also bagged the "Samsung Cheerdance Stunner" award.
It was a redemption of sorts for UP, which again ended dead last in the UAAP men’s basketball.
The UP Maroons were only able to win 2 out of 14 games in Season 74.
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