UAAP Cheerdance

No expectations: FEU adopts no-pressure approach to regain UAAP cheerdance title

Delfin Dioquino

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No expectations: FEU adopts no-pressure approach to regain UAAP cheerdance title

CHAMPION. The FEU Cheering Squad delivers a fun ‘Super Mario’ theme in the UAAP Season 86 Cheerdance Competition.


The FEU Cheering Squad brings fans to the world of 'Super Mario' as it bags its second UAAP cheerdance championship in three seasons

MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Cheering Squad only sought to make its community proud and give its “Super Mario” theme justice.

FEU accomplished both and then some.

Bringing the 18,000-plus fans in attendance at the Mall of Asia Arena to the fictional world of Mushroom Kingdom, the FEU Cheering Squad reigned in the UAAP Season 86 Cheerdance Competition on Saturday, December 2.

“I didn’t expect anything. We just wanted to have a quality performance that will give the FEU community something to be happy about,” said head coach Randell San Gregorio in Filipino.

FEU tempered expectations after a foiled title defense bid last season, where it settled for second with a routine inspired by the late Filipino singer-rapper Francis Magalona.

Even in the run-up to the Cheerdance Competition, Gregorio downplayed talks about reclaiming the crown it won in Season 84, saying “if we win, we win, but if we don’t, we don’t.”

That no-pressure approach worked wonders for the FEU Cheering Squad as it executed its performance with minimal errors and topped three of the five judging departments to finish with 702.5 points.

FEU got deducted just 5 points and ruled the tumbling, tosses, and pyramids categories to dethrone the NU Pep Squad, which garnered 697 points to fall short of its eighth championship.

Aside from capturing its second UAAP cheerdance crown in three seasons and fourth overall, the FEU Cheering Squad also swept all of the five special awards, including the best toss and best dance move honors.

“This year, we adopted the mindset that we should just give our best and then let’s see what happens,” said San Gregorio.

“We were just probably too pressured to win. I told them let’s just try to enjoy it and give justice to the routine and to the theme.”

FEU also climbed to solo first for most podium finishes with 21, breaking its tie with eight-time champion UP Pep Squad.

“It’s a testimony to the program of FEU as far as cheerdance is concerned,” said San Gregorio. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.