MANILA, Philippines - The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad won the Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2010 title by besting the 7 other member schools on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
Last year's 2nd runner-up ruled anew the annual UAAP Cheerdance tilt with its clean execution of its festival-inspired routine. The squad had won in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2008.
The UP Pep Squad members took home the top prize worth P340,000 and Samsung Champ mobile phones.
Defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad, who had an oriental-inspired routine, came up short this year, as it took home the 1st runner-up trophy and the cash prize worth P200,000.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe clawed its way back into the Top 3 after failing to land a place last year. UST, which only had minimal glitches in their routine, was awarded P140,000.
The other competing teams were the University of the East (UE) Pep Squad, De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad, Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad, National University (NU) Pep Squad and the 2009 1st runner-up, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Babble Battalion.
The criteria for judging were dance technique (10 points), jumps (5 points), tumbling skills (5 points), tosses (5 points), lifts/stunts (10 points), pyramids (10 points), formations (5 points), choreography (10 points), degree of difficulty (10 points), synchronization (10 points), audibility/clarity (5 points), uniform/props (5 points) and overall effectiveness (10 points).
The Samsung Stunner special award was given to DLSU Animo Squad's Nikka de Dios who received an ST500 camera.
Around 22,000 people trooped to the Big Dome to see the stunts and routines of the 8 pep squads.
The UAAP Cheerdance fever also spread in cyberspace as it was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide.
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