Sep 7, 2008

The Magic of the UP PEP Squad- Champions UAAP 2008 Cheerdance

Yesterday eight schools from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, competed for the cheerdance competition held at the Araneta Coliseum. Unfortunately the tickets were sold out already, so I just have to be content watching the live broadcast on TV.

The drama and rivalry unfolded once more that Sunday between the two schools who had been record holder champions. Our school the University of the Philippines (UP) has been the champion record for 5 years until the University of Santo Tomas (UST) started winning and had 6 championships on their belt. Well last year was payback time for UP as we won it again with a very big margin against the other school.

Since then the pressure was on our school to defend it's title once more. being the benchmark of creativity and excellence. (Sad to say the other team keeps on claiming they are the standard)I remember back then when cheerleaders always wore skirts we were the one who started wearing pants and shorts. When cheerdancers always used pompoms we dared not to use any. Still for five years in a row we won first place always. We always set the standards that are really very difficult even for us to achieve. Although we didn't make it six in a row, we were still able to take it back and now we have defended it once more.

During the event, there were a lot of streamers showing support to each one's own school as well as streamers who try to demean other schools. My favorite of course is "100 years of excellence is more than 400 years of existence" No more explanation needed for that one. We've been the top school in this country in terms of academic excellence and we have done that in just a span of 100 years. Some may have been around longer but we are still the top.

Now back to the cheerdance proper. We were the third to perform and of course everyone was expecting more from us after the rival school had performed before us. Honestly in my opinion the school who performed before us was really boring. Although it was flawlessly executed it has nothing new and exciting about it. Our routine of course, although there were a flaws from the beginning, the fact that it is very exciting and with new moves. It was no doubt the best during that time.

Now here's the video of our championship routine:

The tribal theme really set us apart once more from the other schools and just like magic the "weapons" they were holding actually transformed into pompoms. I also enjoyed the last one when they made the vanish and formed the letters UP from their pompoms. Just to clear things, the guy who was left after the others have "vanished" is not naked, he is wearing skin tone trunks. Also he represents our famous symbol the oblation who with arms widespread, offers himself as a sacrifice for the country and who is naked for he has nothing to offer but knowledge.

Congratulations again to the UP PEP Squad for being champions in the UAAP 2008 cheerdance competition.

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