MANILA, Philippines — The opportunity of turning into the back-to-back UAAP Cheerdance Competitors champion in the identical yr energizes the Far Jap College Cheering Squad to execute one other show-stopping efficiency on Saturday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
However FEU Cheering Squad coach Randell San Gregorio admitted that competing twice with only a few months of coaching in between is a frightening job, particularly coming in as defending champions of Season 84 final Could.
“It’s very hard for us because you will go through a burnout phase. From someone who has competed in several local and international competitions, the UAAP has a different level of pressure. After the bubble, we needed to start preparing again,” mentioned San Gregorio in Filipino.
“But at the same time, as defending champions, we also have an opportunity to make history because if we win again, we win two in a row in one year. That will never happen again.”
FEU is ready to pay homage to the songs of legendary rapper Francis Magalona as performs sixth out of the eight faculties.
“We’re holding onto the opportunity to win two in a row because we never had back-to-back wins. That possibility motivates us to give our all. But win or lose, we have to execute a beautiful routine for FEU,” mentioned San Gregorio, who ended the college’s 13-year title drought after bringing house their third total cheerdance championship.
Regardless of being restricted to a three-minute efficiency and 15 performers with out the presence of drums final Could, the FEU Cheering Squad shone the brightest with a near-flawless efficiency that honored the band Queen and finish a 13-year title drought.
San Gregorio admitted there are benefits and downsides to the league reverting to the pre-pandemic event format with a most of 25 performers and a 5-6 minute routine together with the presence of drums earlier than a full-capacity area.
“We lost three cheerleaders from our previous team. Half of our team came from the pandemic so we started from zero because our recruits are not yet used to lifting and dancing a long routine. It’s 50:50 for us,” he mentioned. “The bubble also gave us an advantage before because we had all the time in the world together under one roof.”
The FEU coach is raring to see his workforce carry out and chase the title below the standard UAAP Cheerdance guidelines.
“Compressing our routine in three minutes (last season) was stressful,” he mentioned. “I’m just super excited because I’m a fan of the sport whether I watch or compete, the excitement is the same. The pressure is just different this time because it’s our first time to defend a title.”
“I just wish everyone the best performance possible and may the best teams win. Sana kami pa rin (I hope we still win),” he mentioned. “We thanked the FEU supporters. We hope to continue to pray for us, as well as the seven other schools that we can all complete our routine without injuries so everyone will go home with smiles on their faces.”
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