ADAMSON University Pep Squad coach Jam Lorenzo was in awe of how, even despite his doubts, that his team finished third in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition.
After a few falls during the six-minute performance, members of the San Marcelino-based team were hugging each other, some were crying and Lorenzo was telling them that it was okay.
But as soon as they were called as the second runner-up, Lorenzo shed tears of joy as his wards erupted in cheers.
“Sobrang galing ng labanan ngayong taon. Thankful talaga ako kasi ‘di ko inakalang magpo-podium pa rin ‘yung team,” he admitted.
“Pero siguro ‘yung moment na ‘yun, ‘yung pinaka emotion ko,” he added. “Nag-doubt ako sa prayer ko but God is so merciful, talagang binigay pa rin niya ‘yung derserve ng mga bata.”
Looking back, from the moment he came up with the theme to the everyday practices, the challenges that came, both within the team and his personal life, Lorenzo couldn’t help but be thankful.
For him, every inch of sacrifice, from his players and from himself, was all worth it.
“One word: Thankful,” he said. “Kasi despite noong challenges na pinagdaanan ng team this year, sobrang dami naming rookies tapos ‘yung pinagdaanan ko sa family ko personally. Injuries, mga injuries ng mga bata, mga replacement namin sa lineup.”
“Sobrang hirap ng pinagdaanan namin ngayon despite nung fall sa routine. Yun ang binigay ni Lord,” he added.