UP Pep Squad. 2nd-runner up.
Shock was an understatement. The plan was to bring the UAAP Cheerdance Competition crown back to Diliman. Worst case scenario was perhaps a 1st-runner up finish. 2nd-runner up was just too much.
The “perfect run” for the championship comeback fell, and the hearts of Iskolar ng Bayan were broken anew at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“When we were called as 2nd runner up, we took it with a heavy heart,” said UP Pep Squad captain Cam Lagmay. “But we felt the love of the UP community.”
On Sunday, less than 24 hours after losing their bid for their 9th CDC title, the Pep Squad ng Bayan was back at the home court of National University at the Sy-owned MOA, cheering with the UP crowd in the Fighting Maroons’ attempt to keep Adamson University winless.
“We can’t mourn our loss for that long,” said the squad’s captain.
The UP Pep Drummers took the halftime, with Lagmay and the rest of the squad leading the cheer from their points in the crowd. The Soaring Falcons, however, would take their first victory at the Maroons’ expense.
“We have one day of rest, which is tomorrow,” said the captain. Then it’s back to the floor for bigger pursuits.
The UP Pep Squad will return to the Cheerleading Worlds Championship, set this November in Germany.
“On Tuesday, we’re ready to face the challenge again with lighter hearts. “We’re moving on already, we’re moving forward.”
Are they really moving on that fast? Getting over the pain will take time, but the UP Pep Squad has their priorities straight.
“Our main goal as cheerleaders is to be the backbone of support for the UP community, “said Lagmay. “If they see us, the cheerleaders, being sad about our loss, that won’t do anything. We have to be strong for the UP community and for ourselves and we are very proud of our performance and we gave it our all.”