UAAP cheerdance: NU coach dismisses ‘first performer’ jinx after loss

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2017 09:42 PM

The NU Pep Squad coach, using an "under the sea" theme, said she thought the team could still salvage a medal despite its mistakes. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

NU coach sees 4-time champs in new winner Adamson

Before the UAAP Cheerdance Competition on Saturday, no school that performed first in the contest has ever won the championship.

With the four-time champion National University Pep Squad opening the event this year, there was high hope that the curse would end.

But that did not happen.

NU coach Ghicka Bernabe is not buying into the idea that such a so-called jinx was the reason for the team's forgettable performance.

“Though hindi kami nag-champion ngayon, ayoko namang panghawakan iyong jinx na walang chance mag-champion ang first performer,” said Bernabe, whose squad finished fourth, missing the podium for the first time in six years.

Bernabe acknowledged that NU's shocking loss hasn't sunk in yet. She said she hopes it would not discourage her dancers too much.

“Ayokong maapektuhan ang mga bata because I know na magaling ang mga players ko. Kung mayroon man sanang maapektuhan, sana kami na lang na mga coaches. I still believe in the capability of my players,” she said.

Bernabe was hoping for a possible podium finish after the seven other universities showcased their routines, stressing that NU's errors happened in just a few stunts at the start.

But the NU head coach is not questioning the way the judges scored the performance despite the loss.

“After matapos ng 7 universities, pinanood ko ulit iyong routine namin sa Facebook. Still nagkaroon ako ng chance and hope na we’re still part of the top three kasi first part lang naman ang may laglag. It’s just three or four stunts but aside from that, flawless naman ang routine namin sa 60% onwards,” Bernabe explained.

Nevertheless, Bernabe is happy for eventual Adamson, saying she sees NU in the newly crowned champions -– from third place to champion. She was also glad for University of the East’s third-place finish.

For now, Bernabe will let her team rest and along the way attempt to boost its members' confidence. 

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