WITH three straight victories, National University is setting its sights on matching the league’s best.
NU Pep Squad coach Ghicka Bernabe says scoring a golden treble proved that they can rise to the level of teams such as University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.
The UP Pep Squad won three successive titles from 2010 after University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe set the record of five consecutive championships from 2002.
UP and UST are also level on top with the most number of titles with eight each.
“So ano pa ’yung iniisip ko ngayon is kung ano ang nagawa ng UP para sa school nila, kung ano ang nagawa ng Salinggawi sa school nila definitely kayang gawin ng NU ’yun and definitely naniniwala ako sa kayang gawin ng team ko ngayon na nag-three-peat,” said Bernabe.
“Nag-expect lang kami ng unang championship, binigyan kami ng back-to-back parang pumasok ka sa history na ang nakakakuha lang is UST and UP,” said Bernabe.
UST placed second this time after a third place last season, while UP slid to third after two straight runner-up finishes.
Now Bernabe is pleased they have established themselves as a team to beat, after years of being called “CR break” because it was widely considered that the best time to take a bathroom break was during NU performances.
“Looking back kasi alam niyo naman na NU is just a ‘CR break’ sabi nila, at this time alam ko na inaabangan na kami sa unang championship namin sobrang blessing na sa amin ’yun,” she added.
Now NU is looking forward to making it four in a row.
“Hindi talaga kami papayag na makukluha sa amin ito I’m so proud of my coaches,” she said.
“Hindi kami aksidente na napunta dito we are destined to be here. My coaches sobrang alaga sila sa players ko, mula sa food intake hanggang sa liquid na iniinom nila, I just want to say thank you to all my coaches and the management na sobrang supportive sa amin.”
“Sabi nga nila manalo, matalo kami ang champion para sa kanila kaya ’yun ang pinapanghawakan ko,” she added.
“Kung nagbigay sila ng sobra sa amin gusto namin magbalik din ng sobra, ayaw namin masayang lahat ng blessings na binigay ng management sa amin.”
The 27-year-old former Far Eastern University said what makes the feeling even better was that the Tamaraws remain supportive, and she said she will always be thankful “sa FEU community kung saan ako nanggaling, sa FEU family na hindi nagalit sa akin nung nasa NU ako and sabi ko sa kanila never ko pong makakalimutan kung saan ako nanglaging.”
“And narinig ko sa kanila from the camera man, from the students, coaches, from the management the owner of FEU noong sinabi nila sa akin na sobrang proud sila sa akin dinoble ko yung happiness ko ngayon,” she added.
“Sobrang emotional lang ako kasi before may naririnig ako. Yung family ko from FEU… binigay sa akin ’yung support though alam ko na hindi na ako makabalik doon ngayon dahil alam ko na mas masaya sila kung nasaan ako ngayon.”