ADAMSON University Pep Squad will prove that its third place finish last year in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition was no fluke.
The San Marcelino-based cheerdancers surprised the crowd with a Hawaiian-inspired routine that earned them a total of 655 points to beat University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe, which garnered 650 points, for third place.
For Season 80, Adamson Pep Squad remain hungry and look to take their performance a notch higher to maintain the podium finish.
“‘Yun po ‘yung gusto namin patunayan na hindi po tsamba ang panalo namin (last year),” said Adamson Pep Squad team captain Dwyeth Vergeire.
But for head coach Jam Lorenzo, this year is another battle they have to win and outdo their previous performance.
“We totally didn’t expect na mag-podium last year, all we wanted was a clean routine,” he disclosed.
“In order for you to win again, kailangan mong i-prove sa sarili mo and ma-conquer nila sa sarili nila, maitatayo talaga nila ang routine. Of course to maintain the podium, that is the goal,” he added.
Vergeire, who’s on his last year in the competition, has a personal goal.
“Ako last year ko na ngayon, gusto ko mag-contribute sa squad na as a captain this year maka-podium kami ulit,” he said.
“At least kapag nag-podium kami parang sa buong college life ko, may napatunayan ako sa sarili ako and magdala kami sa Adamson community na magdala kami ng pride para sa school,” he added.
Without giving away too much about their performance, Lorenzo said that the audience can expect an ultimate throwback in this year’s routine from the Adamson Pep Squad. Here's how they're getting ready for the competition.