JUST five months after clinching a first-ever UAAP Cheerdance title, the National University Bulldogs Pep Squad insisted it is far from done.
In the National Capital Region qualifier of the National Cheerleading Championships, the Sampaloc, Manila-based squad once again outdid itself with an astonishing winning total of 341.5 points - 16 points higher than the previous best score which it set last year.
Though they have dominated almost every tournament they participated in over the last 12 months, NU coach Ghicka Bernabe bared that their Macro-LPG supported cheerdancers still have to show their full potential.
“Hindi pa kami nagpe-peak in terms of performance. We know, marami pang pwedeng ipakita ang aming team. Marami pa kaming pwedeng gawin,” said Bernabe, moments after her team performed a very complex routine from the movie ‘Bring it On’ which is considered as the bible of cheerleading.
“Ang aming goal po talaga is to one day wave our flag in international competitions. Right now, that is our target. We are perfecting our routines and steps so we can ready ourselves for the bigger stage one day,” bared the former FEU cheerdance star.
“Gusto po namin ma-conquer ang Asia and then the world,” added Bernabe, who takes pride in her team’s record-setting performance over nine other tough schools including UAAP rivals University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, and Ateneo in the NCC qualifier.
Veteran cheerleading judge Paula Nunag said NU is the present powerhouse of the Philippine cheerdance scene, and believes the Bulldogs "stand a good chance at fairing well in the international stage."
“Over the last few years, they’ve made great strides in developing their cheerleading. Kita mo naman ang laki ng inimprove nila. Ang taas ng naging jump nila,” said Nunag.
“Makikita mo talaga na their focus is to improve and outdo themselves everytime. Yes, they can be the country’s great chance in international competitions. One step at a time like they did in local tournaments, may chance sila (sa abroad),” added Nunag.
NU has now set its sights on defending the national title, which it easily conquered last year. The NCC national finals is set on March 9 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, with 24 other teams from different parts of the country competing.
“These are the baby steps in our mission of finally hitting the bigger stage (the Asia and the world). And of course, defending the NCC title is another steps towards defending our UAAP crown,” said Bernabe.