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    UAAP cheerdance preview: NU Pep Squad vows 'buwis-buhay' routine in quest for title hat-trick

    Oct 1, 2015
    From an Indian-inspired, stunt-filled routine which NU delivered almost flawlessly last year aon the way to garnering 677.5 points, Gheck Bernabe says fans can expect a whole new act from the champions this year. Jerome Ascano

    IT’S that time of the year again when basketball action briefly gives way to the highly-awaited UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

    This year, National University will be going for a third straight championship while seven other teams try to play the spoilers’ role amid a festive atmosphere at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

    University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines are the winningest teams with eight titles each in the 21-year history of the cheerdance competition, but NU has established itself as the team to beat this year.

    Let's take a look at the competition in this eight-part series:

    National University Pep Squad

    Defending the title is harder than getting a first championship. That was what NU coach Ghicka Bernabe realized after the Bulldogs' hard-won title repeat last year.

    Bernabe now figures completing a hat-trick of titles will be a far more difficult task, especially with the highly decorated squad now relying on a rookie-laden lineup.

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    “Mas mahirap mag-defend ng title kesa kunin ang first title,” Bernabe told Spin.ph. “Lalo pa ngayon na half ng team baguhan tapos three-peat pa ang gusto namin.”

    Although she’s aware of the pressure on their shoulders, the 27-year old NU Pep Squad coach vowed to top the team's best performances in recent years.

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    “Lagi naman nandyan ‘yung pressure,” she said.

    From their Indian-inspired, stunt-filled routine which NU delivered almost flawlessly last year aon the way to garnering 677.5 points, Bernabe said fans can expect a whole new act from the champions.

    “(Kung) bigay todo ‘yung last year, buwis buhay naman ngayon,” she said with a laugh. “Maraming bago, now pa lang talaga nila makikita.”

    With all eyes set on them, Bernabe expects nothing less than perfection from her young squad.

    “(Expected ko na) ma-perfect (namin) ‘yung routine, more supporters and syempre mag three-peat,” she said.

    The former Far Eastern University pep squad member said she expects tough opposition as usual.

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    “’Di ko masabi sa ngayon (kung sino ang matinding kalaban),” she said. “Kasi alam ko lahat nag-improve and all are prepared.”

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