[Editor's note: Here is the fourth installment of our primer for the 2018 UAAP Cheerdance Competition]
COACH Randell San Gregorio believes Far Eastern University has a brilliant plan; it’s just a matter of executing it to perfection.
After finishing three points short of the podium and settling for joint fourth, the FEU Cheering Squad hopes to take it a step further in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2018 on November 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
It will be a very tough task, and Gregorio is adamant about the need for flawlessness and perfection as FEU bids to finally regain the title it last won in 2009 - or at least return to the podium.
“Isa lang, dapat mabuo yung run, no mistakes, there’s no room for errors sa ganitong competition,” San Gregorio told SPIN.ph.
“I expect them to hit it as flawlessly as possible kasi iba 'yung drive ngayon,” he added.
“Iba yung aura ngayon mas magaan, mas positibo, mas united yung mga tao siguro ganoon talaga pag natatalo or nasasaktan, mas natututo.”
“The premise of a chance to be sa top three is a perfect run or a close to perfect run,” San Gregorio said.
Captains Princess Joy Flores and Gadcer Ecalia, who will perform their last dance as Tamaraws, said that the team has learned its lesson from last year.
“From last year ang natutunan po namin is wag maging kampante kasi hindi porket nagagawa mo sa training magagawa mo sa actual (competition),” Flores said. “Kumbaga pagdating ng competition dapat mas kailangan mag focus, mas nandun yung tightness and wag magpapaapekto sa mga audience.”
“Yung natutunan namin is ayusin yung attitude ng individual kasi pag maganda yung attitude mo doon kasi nagma-matter yung lahat,” Ecalia said.
“Kumbaga lalaban lahat so yun po attitude po yung inayos namin bago kami nag-focus sa skills na dapat naming gawin.”
Gregorio said their biggest opponents are themselves.
“The biggest threat is yung mga bata rin kasi if they won’t hit it, we won’t get it. So sabi ko sa kanila just concentrate on yourselves and the routine,” he said.
The FEU coach promised a show that would wow the crowd.
“We’ll go back in time and for sure they’ll dance with us as we perform. Abangan nila yung mga sayaw namin,” he said.
Ecalia stressed that this year’s 70s-themed routine is way different from last year’s Adamson PEP Squad’s championship performance last season.
“Maraming nagsasabi na gagayahin lang namin yung kanila pero iba yung ipapakita namin,” the graduating captain said. “Ngayong taon parang hindi niyo namamalayan na habang nagpe-perform kami parang sumasayaw na rin po kayo.”