WITH a goal to regain supremacy, the NU Pep Squad vows to make the MOA Arena crowd move to its "cheerobics" routine during the UAAP Season 85 cheerdance competition on Saturday.
"We focused sa dance ngayon kung sometimes nakukulangan kami sa dance ngayon talagang nag-focus kami extra time on that," said NU head coach Ghicka Bernabe.
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"Mas marami na syang segments tapos with the performance naman it’s very alive kasi cheerobics or aerobics there’s no chance na may sad or fierce kami na moment," she added. "Lahat yun very mae-enjoy lahat ng audience not only the old ones, also the young ones kasi even me pag nakakarinig ako ng music ng [1980s and 1990s] talagang nakakasayaw pa din siya."
NU is looking to bag its seventh title in CDC in nine seasons.
Bernabe believes the routine is livelier this time than their previous outing last May, a similar 90s-themed display, where they finished third to FEU and Adamson.
Last year, the squads were limited to 15 members and a three-minute perfomance, but the UAAP decided to revert to the format of 15-25 performers with a maximum routine of six minutes.
"At least mas na-challenge kami ngayong season, we all know na hindi kami nagland sa same spot namin so at least ngayon we are preparing well and working really hard for this season," she explained.
Barnabe and the squad are determined to rise from the third place finish last season, admitted that she was "confused" over the judging system.
"It’s actually heartbreaking for everyone and to motivate them is to keep the faith kasi para sa akin, as their coach, isa din ako sa mga number one nilang mga fans," she explained.
"I consider myself as a fan kasi iniidolize ko talaga yung skill na meron yung team and I believe mas naging strong yung team ngayon kasi we have this goal," mentioned Bernabe, adding that the team have several seniors eager to atone for their mistakes.