[Second of a series]
DLSU Green Animo Squad
FALLING to as low as fifth place last year motivates the DLSU Green Animo Squad to do better in this season’s cheerdance competition.
For starters, the Taft-based cheerleaders began practicing their routines at the start of the year, giving them good enough time to perfect their stunts in the hope of putting behind them the disappointing performance of last season.
“The performance for this year is a lot better than last year,” assured La Salle program manager Thad Carvajal. “The stunts and skills were considered to be the strongest.
"After last year's placing, we used that as a jumping board to be at par with the top three,” he added.
Carvajal expects a 'dance war’ from all the eight participating schools.
"Just like every year, teams practice their routines months before, and the skills of each team will be higher. So I am expecting outstanding performances from each team,” he said.
“(However) we are hopeful the other teams wouldn't take us lightly,” he added. “In this case, lagi kaming lalaban.”
University of the East Pep Squad
When you're at the bottom, there's no way to go but up.
That is the mindset of the University of the East Pep Squad, who after placing eighth last year has vowed to showcase a bolder and stronger routine.
With the will to improve and the desire to win this year's competition, the UE Pep Squad promises to give the other schools a run for their money even with 17 rookies in the fold.
"I think yung pagiging determined ng squad, sobrang laking improvement nila ang magdadala sa team," said UE Pep Squad head coach Gibson Perez.
"'Yung puso sa pagsasayaw (ang aming advantage sa ibang teams), sasabay sila kahit puro rookie," he added.
Although a podium finish may be hard to reach for now, Perez refuses to be counted out.