ARELLANO University eyes a second straight win, Perpetual Help hopes to regain the top spot, while others try to steal the show in the 91st NCAA cheerleading competition on Tuesday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
The Chief Squad won its first NCAA cheer title last year, edging the Altas Perps Squad by just one point, and now looks to win with a more convincing margin.
"We've prepared for the whole year and we hope to successfully defend our title," said Arellano trainer Lucky San Juan.
Arellano U is gunning for its fourth senior title this season after it topped chess, football and centerpiece athletics.
Perpetual, who saw its five-year reign end, is aching to get back after an error-filled performance last year.
"We've trained harder after what happened last year. We're confident we can win it back this season," said Perpetual coach Randolph Rosario.
Mapua in 2004 and Jose Rizal University in 2008 are the only other schools to win the event.
“The cheerleading competition is a fitting ending to what has been a successful and massive year for the NCAA,” said NCAA Management Committee cheer Melchor Divina.