(Third of a series)
FEU Cheerdance Squad
IF there’s one team capable of toppling University of the Philippines at the top of the cheerdance competition, the FEU Cheering Squad could be it.
The Morayta-based cheerdancers almost pulled the rug from under UP Pep Squad last year behind its catchy, jungle-inspired performance, but eventually had to settle for a runner-up finish over the last three seasons.
Head coach Heidi Alolor, however, declared the best has yet to come from FEU.
“The wilder and fiercer routine (are our qualities that will bring us to the top),” she said.
FEU is the only other team outside of UP and University of Santo Tomas to emerge champion in the event, winning the title in 1998 and 2009.
The school has likewise not missed a podium finish in the last 10 seasons dating back in 2003.
And Alolor expects the streak to continue this year, which she hopes the FEU Cheering Squad will cap with a championship.
“This year's competition is really exciting, (but we) will give them a tough fight,” she said.
Adamson Pep Squad
THE Adamson Pep Squad has one modest goal in this year’s cheerdance competition – surpass last year’s seventh-place finish.
And having seen how the Adamson cheerleaders are preparing for the highly-awaited event on Sunday, head coach Joseph Mascarinas is certain the host school is up to the task.
“For the past few weeks, we’ve been challenged and faced with a lot of struggles and challenges. But because of those challenges, we’re able to surpass everything,” he said.
Just once in the 19-year history of the competition did Adamson achieve a podium finish when it settled for runner-up honors behind University of the Philippines during the 2001 edition of the event.
It has all been downhill from there for the San Marcelino-based cheerdancers.
But Mascarinas believes there is no way to go for the team but up. And it starts this Sunday when it bids to outdo the gains of last season.
“I guess our best qualities are our perseverance, great sense of urgency, and the unconditional love for the team,” he said.
“And of course, above all else, our strong faith in God.”