NU Pep Squad regains UAAP CDC title with Coco-inspired performance

Niel Victor Masoy
PUBLISHED November 19, 2018 11:35:26 AM     UPDATED November 19, 2018 11:36:56 AM
NU was head and shoulders above the competition. Photo from National University Student Government/ Angelo Rosales

With their Coco-inspired cheerdance routine, the National University Pep Squad came back on top and recaptured the UAAP Cheerdance Competition title on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

NU wowed the crowd with its virtually flawless performance based on the 2017 animated film featuring the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

In fact, the Sampaloc-based cheerdancers was slapped with no penalties whatsoever.

Additionally, they topped all the criteria - tumbling, stunts, pyramids - for judging except the tossing department which the University of the East Pep Squad won.

"Yung makabalik sa championship, napamahal na sa amin ang championship for four years so ang hirap pakawalan ulit,” said NU Pep Squad coach Ghicka Bernabe whose team placed fourth last year .

“So ‘yung championship na ito, sa amin ito ulit.”

NU was head and shoulders above the rest of the teams with a total of 711 points. They also bagged a P50,000 cash prize.

The Far Eastern University Cheering Squad returned to the podium with their 70’s inspired routine as the Morayta-based cheerdancers placed second. FEU collected a total of 655.5 points. They brought home a P30,000 cash incentive as well.

Last year’s champion Adamson University Pep Squad's Lion King-themed performance didn’t roar enough as they moved down to third place with 638.5 points, just half a point ahead of the fourth placer University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe who tallied 638 points with their Beyonce-inspired performance.

Adamson also pocketed a P20,000 cash prize.

The University of the East Pep Squad finished fifth with 602.5 points and the University of the Philippines Pep Squad notched the sixth place with 568.5 markers.

The Ateneo De Manila University Blue Babble Battalion moved a notch higher from their dead last finish last year as they came in at seventh place with 558 points. The De La Salle University Animo Squad finished last this time with 459.5 points.