NATIONAL University has elevated the UAAP cheerdance competition to a different level.
In a scintillating display of futuristic-theme routine, the Bulldogs danced their way to a fourth straight championship with plenty to spare yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Not even the absence of University of the Philippines in this year’s contest could dampen NU’s spirit, as its level of difficulty on its routine was really astounding to the delight of its orange-clad students.
The Bulldogs tallied 711 points, collecting 370 on dance, 89 on stunts, 84 on pyramid, 82 on tosses and 89 tumblings to rule in the league’s crowd-drawing event.
“This is a sweetest victory namin after that very controversial victory last year. Ito ang gusto naming patunayan sa tao na kami nandito, binibigay yung best performance na kaya naming ibigay,” said NU coach Ghika Bernabe.
Still extremely disappointed with the way the last season’s contest was judged, the Fighting Maroons cheerdancers skipped this year’s event. Definitely, the Bulldogs wanted to prove that last year was not a fluke.
Taking home the P340,000 champions purse, NU is now halfway between UP and University of Santo Tomas, who with eight titles are the winningest cheerdance squads in the league.
In second is Far Eastern University, which displayed a solid Broadway-themed show to record 658.5 points for a P200,000 prize, while Adamson claimed third place to capture the P140,000 prize with its Hawaiian-inspired performance which got itself 655 points.
The Bulldogs also ruled the group stunts by beating last year’s champion UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, which settled for second place honors after missing the podium finish in the cheerdance. FEU Cheering Squad, for its part wound up in third.
NU also got special awards from the TV coveror ABS-CBN’s sponsors, winning the best toss and over the top pyramid honors.
The competition was tough right from the start as La Salle’s Animo Squad set the tone by paying tribute to the seven UAAP pep teams medal-winning routines in the past up to NU’s jaw-dropping performance that set the bar higher.
UST wound up fourth with 650 points, followed by University of the East Pep Squad (645), La Salle (560) and Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion (512).