DISPLAYING world-class grace and form, the University of Perpetual Help and the Blazing Animo squad won gold medals at the recent Asian Invitational Cheerleading Championships held in Singapore.
Altas Team Pilipinas, composed of eight-time NCAA titlist Perpetual Help Altas Perps Squad, took three golds and a silver in the Asia Cheerleading Invitational Championship 2014 at the D’ Marquee, Downtown East Pasir Ris.
The Blazing Animo - a squad composed of cheerleaders from College of St. Benilde and De La Salle University - captured the All Girls Elite division.
Perpetual Help ruled over Coed Premier Level 6, the highest level), Coed Elite Level 5 and Coed Group Stunts categories and placed second in Coed Partner Stunts, emerging as the best performing school in the annual event.
The Las Piñas City-based Perps Squad, led by coach Ruf Van Rosario, tallied 248 points, six points ahead of second ranked Asia Pacific Institute of Creativity with 242 points, and 47 point edge to third placer Monster, both from Chinese-Taipei.
A total of 22 teams from 10 Asian countries competed in the annual tilt, sanctioned by the International Cheer Union (www.cheerunion.org), the world governing body for the sport of cheerleading.
This is the fourth year that teams from the Philippines competed in the annual championship.
From 2011-2013, Team Pilipinas, an all-star team organized by the country's biggest cheerleading organization, the National Cheerleading Championship, has consistently won the All Girls and the COED elite divisions.
The NCC has submitted its formal bid to the ICU to host the 1st Asian Universities and Schools Championships this November, if ever the first time that an international cheerleading competition would be held in the country.
Meanwhile, Team Pilipinas All Girls continues its preparations for the ICU Worlds in Orlando, Florida in late April - marking the first time a Philippine team will be competing in what is known as the 'Olympics of Cheerleading.'
Over 100 countries are expected to participate in the Worlds, which is held at the ESPN sports complex in Walt Disney World.