WITH the anticipation for the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition already heating up, expect social media bashing to go full blast as well.
Already, chatter that aims to stir up animosity among coaches and schools has started to rear its ugly head.
Two weeks ago, Adamson University Pep Squad coach Jam Lorenzo posted on his Twitter account a screenshot of a comment intended to spark issue between his team and the other schools.
On Wednesday during the presser for the UAAP CDC, Lorenzo insisted to SPIN Life that there’s no need to throw shade.
“In life, kapag umaangat talaga ang isang tao or ang isang grupo, hindi maiiwasan na magkaroon ng mga hahadlang sa’yo na hindi matutuwa na magsa-succeed ka,” he said. “Magkakaroon talaga ng mga tao that will pull you down and it’s up to the teams na maghatakan sila pataas.”
National University Pep Squad assistant coach Estong Ocampo and University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe coach Mark Chaiwalla came to the defense of Lorenzo.
“Alam niyo, in the UAAP cheerdance competition world, lahat ng coaches magkakaibigan ‘yan. Talagang ‘yung mga tao lang talaga ang gumagawa ng issues,” said Lorenzo.
“Pero syempre, competition is competition sa araw lang na ‘yun, sa oras lang na ‘yun. After the competition talagang close friends kami. Nagtatawanan lang kami ‘yung mga paninira sa amin,” he added.
When asked if the social media bashing affects him, Lorenzo has this to say.
“We’re staying positive, we’re just focusing on our routine pero sa akin naman dedma kasi ako sa mga ganyan,” he said.
“Masaya kasi sikat ka, ‘di ba? First time ko ‘yun, first ever poser ko ‘yun so ganoon pala ang feeling pero at the same time na ‘di mo maiiwasan na may iisipin sa’yo ‘yung mga tao but let them be.”
The UAAP CDC is on November 17 at the MOA Arena.