MANILA, Philippines – Cheerleading history was made.
The expectation of the whole Filoil Flying V Arena was met on March 2, when the back-to-back champions took home their third straight cheerleading crown for a grand slam feat.
The University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Perps Squad ran away with the distinction of being the first grandslam champions in NCAA Cheerleading.
With a total of 335 points out of 400, UPHSD’s Perps Squad became 100,000 pesos richer – not to mention gained bragging rights for being three-peat champions.
The Mapua Cheerping Cardinals came in second place while Colegio de San Juan de Letran finished third.
The coach of the UPHSD Perps Squad, Rhufa Rosario, has been guiding the squad for the past seven years. She has six cheering titles with the squad under her belt.
“Sobrang blessed kami for winning this championship. Two thirds of the team ay puro rookies at one-third na lang ang natira from last year’s champion team. Pero I’m glad we were still able to pull it off,” said Rosario.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran, who last placed in the top 3 in 2007 finally barged back into the elite three after garnering a total of 256 points to bag second runner-up.
Compared to recent years, Letran had an unusual routine which was noticeably more difficult than last season’s. Performing like a brand new squad, Letran executed their dance number flawlessly.
The determined cheerdancers bested the Arellano University Dancing Chiefs by .5 points when the latter finished with 255.5 points.
Not a surprise winner, Mapua retained their place when they were announced as first runner-up with 304 points. Mapua came out confident and energetic, further pumping up the screaming crowd with their much-improved enthusiasm and sharp movements.
And just as expected, the talented, smart and highly creative quintet known as the Altas Perps Squad ran away with yet another cheerleading title after finishing with 335 points.
The reigning champions showed no pressure in their faces as they performed their routine, evidently enjoying themselves. Clearly talented, the squad danced effortlessly in signature synchronized fashion perfecting every pyramid.
Ranked at fifth place was Jose Rizal University who finished with 251 points. At the sixth spot was newcomer Lyceum of the Philippines University with 234.5 points. College of Saint Benilde wounded up at seventh with 227.5 points, while Emilio Aguinaldo College came in 8th, finishing with 222.5 points.
San Beda College had 180.5 points at 9th, while San Sebastian College occupied the last spot with 178 points.
Save the best for last
Normally, the NCAA Cheerleading Competition is held during the season.
But Season 87, which was hosted by UPHSD, provided an exciting twist. For the first time, the cheerleading competition became the last event for the season.
In the words of Dr. Anthony Tamayo of UPHSD, “It was a fruitful season for all of us. We successfully hosted Season 87 and it wouldn’t have been possible if not for your help and cooperation.”
Season 88 is just around the corner with Colegio de San Juan De Letran hosting. The turnover ceremonies will happen on March 15, 2012, Thursday at Casa Espanyol in Manila. More photos here. – Rappler.com