NU Pep Squad Grabs Crown from UP, Wins 2013 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2013 champion NU Pep Squad

The NU Pep Squad makes history as they scored 696.5 points to win its first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Championship title. They believe now is their time.

Dethroned champion University of the Philippines Pep Squad (620.5 points) finished second after its party-inspired performance while De La Salle University Animo Squad (596.5 points) returned to the podium with a routine that featured its cheerdancers clad in military outfit.

After finishing 3rd in the 2012 edition of the CDC, NU went on to bag the 2013 National Cheerleading Championship before stamping its class as the top cheering team in the country today with a romp in the UAAP.

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“From last year’s performance, it’s so sweet and simple. For this year, it’s fierce and strong,” said head coach Ghicka Bernabe on their theme this season.

After showcasing a performance adorned with Disney references in 2012, NU Pep Squad wants to offer something that will show their maturity as a team as they take their routine to a higher notch this time.

“This year, ginawa naming stronger yung dance and the movements. Inupgrade namin yung level ng stunts and pyramids,” added Bajacan. “Nag isip na kami kung anong magagandang stunts from the NCC routine. Inupgrade pa namin siya para mas maging difficult yung pyramids and stunts.” He added.

NU also topped the Group Stunt competition while Far Eastern University and UST finished second and third, respectively.

The 2013 UAAP Cheerdance Competition drew a record crowd of 20, 830 -- the most of any event at the Mall of Asia Arena.