[Editor's note: Here's the sixth installement of our eight-part primer on the 2018 UAAP Cheerdance Competition]
COACH Gibson Alegre has set the bar higher for University of the East.
The UE PEP Squad, third placer last year after 15 years without a podium finish, is training its sights on no less than the title in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2018 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Bilang coach, siyempre sine-set ko yung expectations sa kanila na kaya nilang kunin yung gold ngayon,” Alegre said. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila walang second best. Kung kailangan ibigay niyo yung best, ang ibigay niyo is excellent.”
UE team captain Leany Esguerra, one of the graduating cheerleaders, said the seniors are motivated to get a fitting swansong.
“Since last year na po namin, karamihan sa amin, may iisa kaming goal as a team na gusto talaga namin manalo this year,” Esguerra said. “As in gustong-gusto namin manalo at dahil doon pinagtrabahuan namin, prinepare namin yung bawat isa hindi lang mentally, physically at tsaka emotionally.”
Alegre said last year’s bronze finish behind Adamson ad University of Sto. Tomas came as a big boost to the team's morale, but admitted that complacency also set in.
He hopes the UE performers can focus on the goal.
“Kasi yung skills tsaka yung katawan handa na sila e pero sabi ko nga napaka-powerful ng utak,” Alegre said. “Pag hindi nagtrabaho ng sobra yung utak at katawan lang ang nagtatrabaho maaaring mag-fail sila this year.”