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Chiefs Squad reclaims NCAA Cheerleading crown

Posted: March 10, 2017

From sports.abs-cbn website: 
By Mark Escarlote 

HAIL TO THE CHIEFS: Arellano University reclaims the NCAA cheerleading competition crown.

Arellano University gave out a flawless and jaw-dropping performance to dethrone the Perpetual Help Altas Perps Squad and reclaim the 92nd NCAA Cheerleading Competition title Thursday at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With an impressive display of stunts from solid pyramids, tosses, tumblings and high level of difficulty in their routine, the Chiefs Squad wowed the judges and made the crowd rise on its feet mesmerized with Arellano’s presentation.

The Chiefs Squad’s performance earned them a total of 218 points from the judges for the runaway victory. AU received a three-point deduction but barely mattered as the Chiefs Squad edged its closest rival Perpetual, 199.5 points with a huge lead.    

AU also bagged a P100,000 cash prize.

“Actually sa lahat ng performance ng mga anak ko ito ang pinakana-amaze ako,” said Arellano U coach Lucky San Juan, whose crew returned the crown the Legarda-based pep squad last won in Season 90. “Ito yung lagi kong sinasabi ko sa mga bata na, ‘you perform with a heart.’ Then ipa-imagine ninyo sa mga tao yung puso ninyo sa loob ng court, sa loob ng dance floor.”

“Kapag naipakita nyo yun lahat ng tao magi-enjoy. Lahat ng tao matutuwa then magiging deserving kayong manalo,” added San Juan, fielded a team composed of first-time performers and veterans.   

A boo-boo in one of their early preps flawed the routine of the Perps Squad, who failed to extend its reign and add another title to the Las Pinas-based squad’s total of nine. The Las Pinas-based squad received a four-point deduction.

The Mapua Cheerping Cardinals, who won the inaugural staging of the event in 2004, completed the podium finishers at third with 191 points.

Perpetual received P75,000 cash prize while Mapua got P50,000.

San Beda landed at fourth with 175 points followed by last year’s third placer Emilio Aguinaldo College (164.5), College of St. Benilde (156.5), Lyceum of the Philippines University (143) while former winner Jose Rizal University landed at last place (141).  

The judges decided the outcome of the competition according to the criteria in cheer (10 points), partner stunts (25 points), pyramids (25 points), basket toss (15 points), tumbling (10 points), flow of routine/transitions (5 points) and overall presentation (10 points).

San Sebastian College failed to field a team in the competition for the third straight year while Letran also skipped this year’s contest after a ninth place finish in Season 91.






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Arellano Chiefsquad regains NCAA Cheerleading title in style

Posted: March 9, 2017

From tiebreakertimes website: 


After lending the crown last year, the Arellano University Chiefsquad brought the house down with a flawlessly executed routine to reclaim the NCAA Season 92 Cheerleading Competition championship, Thursday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


The Legarda-based squad narrowly missed on a second straight title, after the then eight-time champions University of Perpetual Help Altas Perps Squad pulled it off with a measly two-point advantage.

“Actually sa lahat ng performance namin, ito yung pinaka-special,” head coach Lucky San Juan shared. “Kailangan makita ng mga tao na nag-eenjoy sila every time nagpeperform sila.”

The mentor admitted that he told his players not to watch the other routines, but instead focus on their own. “Yung mga player ko tinatago ko sa dugout para hindi kabahan. Sabi ko, na huwag isipin yung kalaban, isipin lang yung performance nila.”

Arellano took the top spot after scoring 218 pts. The now two-time champions relied on their gravity-defying tosses and pyramids to put up 218 pts.

Such near-perfect execution stemmed from San Juan’s reminder to his squad. “Kailangan nila patunayan na contender sila sa NCAA at sa Pilipinas,” he said.

The squad also increased their routine’s level of difficulty, noting of the change in their pyramids. ”

“Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, yung full twist to pyramid. Siguro yung double base din namin, madalas three-man base pero ginawa namin double-base,” the two-time champion mentor emphasized.

The Altas Perps Squad finished at second this time with 199.5 pts after finishing off their routine strong following a major error early in the routine.

Rufa Rosario, the Las Piñas-based team’s head coach, shared that they fully accepted the result. “Tanggap namin. We deserve the runner-up. Tanggap namin na nagkamali kami,” he said.

The first-ever champions Mapua Cheerping Cardinals returned to the elite circle after registering 191 points. The Intramuros-based squad got its points mostly on their pyramids.

The San Beda College Red Corps went a place higher at fourth with 175 points, as the Emilio Aguinaldo College Pep Squad finished at fifth with 164.5 points.

The College of Saint Benilde Blazers Pep Squad, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pep Squad, and the Jose Rizal University Pep Squad rounded up the order of finish.

Two schools, San Sebastian College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran missed the competition.