SEVERAL falls failed to dampen the spirits of University of Perpetual Help as it bravely went on to complete its routine on Thursday and win its fifth consecutive title in the NCAA Cheerleading Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Perps Squad came up with a number of neat tosses and dished out smooth dance moves that were enough to compensate for the falls, including a slip while forming a pyramid towards the end, gaining 480.8 points to claim its eighth title overall.
"Ngayon lang kami nag-champion na may fall sa stunt, the last time (na nagchampion) na may fault din was in 2010," said Perpetual Help coach Ruf “Rhufa” Rosario.
“But the judges know the difficulty that we did.”
Arellano University got 468 points to take runner-up honors for the second straight year, while Mapua Institute of Technology took the third spot on the podium with 460.5.
As defending champion, Perpetual Help was last to perform and team captain Rachele Madera said they felt the pressure as they watched other teams dish out fine performances.
“Lahat naman (ng teams) nag-improve ng new skills, may kaba, I know we are not perfect, lahat may karapatan mag-improve,” she said.
“Pero habang ’yung second to the last ang nasa court, ako gustung-gusto ko na sumayaw, gustung-gusto ko na ipakita ang kaya namin,” she added.
Lyceum was fourth with 450.5 points followed by Jose Rizal University (426), Emilio Aguinaldo College (420.5), College of St. Benilde (415.5), Letran (384.5), San Beda (329.5) and San Sebastian (278).