The UAAP 2012 Cheerdance Competition (CDC) was held last September 22, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) arena. Hosted by Boom Gonzales and Jessie Mendiola. This year’s competition is expected to be better as most teams, we’ve heard, have prepared new, never seen-before routines.
It’s exciting to see if the defending champion University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad will come up with another ‘surprise’ same as last year when all team members flaunted a blonde hair during their Madonna-themed performance.
Will the University of Sto. Thomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe and the Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad rebound and strive harder to snatch the title from UP? We’ll find out!!
Here we goooo…Me and my girl friends had a last minute decision on watching the cheerdance competition live at MOA arena. We got there past 2pm and the event is almost starting. As we expected the tickets are already sold out. Since we are eager to watch it live, we tried to go on the ticket booth and ask if there are still tickets available. Good news is they still sell tickets but the bad news is we will watch it standing! Yezzz, we go for it!! We grab it! Haha :)) we buy the ticket costs Php300 each, it was just a Lowerbox ticket but once you take hold of the ticket such as these, it is like receiving a golden ticket.
Let me start by saying that I miss the crazy feeling of UAAP Cheerdance Competition back when it was still held at Araneta Coliseum. I know that because the NU is the host for this UAAP season all the games and events was held at MOA arena because Henry Sy which the owner of NU. Hahaha All those lanes along the perimeter of the Big Dome cramped up during the selling of the tickets. The UAAP fanatics with their balloons and banners on hand as they enter the venue. The heckling between the rivals schools.
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I really had fun, good time watching all the squads perform. I think UP and FEU delivered very strong performances. I am not a hardcore cheerleading fanatic so I can’t comment technicalities.
As their fans expected, the UP Pep Squad claimed their third straight victory at the 2012 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. The UP Pep Squad was declared the champion even UP had some errors at the end. The squad achieved a 3-peat (three consecutive championships) and won their 8th championship over-all, tying the feat of UST. Just like last year, UP Pep Squad clinched all the major awards being champion in the Group Stunts category and having won the Samsung Stunner Award.
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I wasn’t really expecting National University (NU) to be in the top . The routine was clean but Disney/Royalty concept and costume seemed too shabby for me.
Eight schools competed for the crown and showcased amazing stunts and extravagant themed performances. The Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad opened the competition with a KPOP-themed performance.
The squad was followed by last year’s 1st runner-up, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad which quite gave us a knockout performance with their boxing themed routine. DLSU’s routine was very satisfying to the eyes. Their costumes looked really clean and I think they should keep it that way.
The National University (NU) Pep Squad went Disney with their fairytale-inspired routine wearing white and blue-royal attires.
Meanwhile, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad had gone wild and took us to the world of animals with their jungle-inspired performance. They performed clean mounts and excellent routine. Squad with animal print costumes and tamarraw head dresses. Big pyramids. Almost flawless.
The University of the East (UE) Pep Squad gave us a bit of a warrior with their superhero-inspired routine.
The University of Sto. Thomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe brought us to Brazil with their Samba-themed cheerdance. Liftings are more stable, and the whole routine had been more technical.
The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Babble Batallion has an anime-inspired performance ending with a robot. The theme is “Let’s Volt it!” Leather uniforms. Synchronized executions. They built a Voltes V character in the end. I just don’t get the logic of including the Voltes Five in their routine but it was really cool.
The defending champion, University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad did a flawless routine and a freedom-inspired performance. surprising all with clean-shaven heads (even the girls). Series of handsprings and individual stunts on their routines. Clean mounts and big pyramids. Finished with flags and banners. I was floored by the stunts that took place one after the other. All partner/group stunts and pyramids were mounted by tossing the flyers to second or third level and their formation and lines look so clean. Congratulations!!!
Here is the complete list of winners for the 2012 UAAP Season 75 Cheerdance Competition:
*Champion: UP Pep Squad
*1st Runner-up: FEU Cheering Squad
*2nd Runner-up: NU Pep Squad
Ranking 4th to 8th place were UST, DLSU, ADMU, AdU and UE, respectively.
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