MANILA, Philippines -(1st UPDATE) Team Philippines, headed by the University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad, made a splash in the 6th Cheerleading World Championships in Hong Kong, placing third in the Cheer Mixed category.
Team PH finished just behind traditional cheerleading powerhouse Japan and Thailand, and bested squads from Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Germany and China.
Joining the UP Pep Squad were members of the Centro Escolar University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines pep squads.
It was the first time that the Philippines had performed in the biennial event, held this year at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
UP Art Studies professor Eloi Hernandez, who accompanied the squad to Hong Kong, said the Pep Squad had a "perfect run" in the cheer mixed category.
The UP Pep Squad also participated in the cheer dance, group stunts, and partner stunts categories.
The UP Pep Squad was sent to the World Championships after winning the 2011 UAAP Cheer Dance Competition last September.
The PUP and CEU cheering squads also particpated in the all-female category of the world championships.