The Adamson Pep Squad has won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.
Adamson, which took home third place last season, danced, flipped and soared in the air to the tune of local 1970s hits.
And it's behind that old-school theme that helped usher in a new champion.
Adamson garnered 663.5 points, followed by No. 2 UST (638.5) and UE (634.50), which came in a close third.
Adamson also nabbed second place in the group stunts category.
Jeremy Lorenzo, Adamson's cheerdance coach, expressed surprise over the victory.
"The moment na tinawag kaming silver sa group stunt, I'm already thankful. We never stepped sa podium ng stunts," he said.
"Noong in-announce na gold kami, tinanong ko talaga, 'Lord tooto ba ito? Gisingin niyo ko.' "
Prior their victory, the Taft-based cheerdancers never won a cheerdance title in the UAAP.
"Sabi ko, 'Nangyayari ba ito?' Simula noong naging cheerleader ako, I used to play for Adamson since 2007 until 2012 sabi ko, 'Is this real?' Sanay na ako na laging UP, UST, NU. It was surreal, magical ng feeling," Lorenzo said.
The National University Pep Squad and the Far Eastern University Cheering Squad ended up tied for fourth and fifth places with identical 610.5 points.
The University of the Philippines Pep Squad, which is returning this year after taking last year off, the De La Salle University Animo Squad and the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion rounded up the top 8.
The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, which has won multiple titles but placed just fourth last season, earned silver, after dazzling with its airborne acrobatics and dance routines.
The UE Pep Squad took the bronze.
UE, which placed fifth last season, executed a near-flawless routine, mixing breathtaking stunts in the air with a striking performance on the mat.
The champion took home P340,000, while second place earned P200,000 and third place received P140,000.
NU, the 4-time defending champion entering the contest, rocked an under-the-sea theme but saw its performance dotted with errors.
In the group stunts category, FEU took the title while UP settled for third.
The awards for best toss went to NU and best pyramid to Adamson.
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