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Oct 5, 2015
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Last Saturday. the National University Pep Squad completed a rare three-peat by winning the 2015 UAAP Cheerdance Competition in front of a boisterous, overflowing crowd of over 25,000 inside the MOA Arena. Congrats, fellas!

The victory wasn't without controversy, though.

Not a few people threw their arms up in the air in protest, saying that NU didn't deserve to win. Others even went as far as saying that the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe or the UP Pep Squad (second and third placers, respectively) should've won, attributing NU's win to the so-called Henry Sy connection (Sy, the owner of NU, also owns the competition's venue).

You could clearly see the unfavorable reactions like these on social media, sprinkled in between congratulatory posts and #FIBAAsia2015 content:

The chill is certainly not strong in this one.

Can we just agree that all eight schools did a helluva job in the competition? At the end of the day, sportsmanship between rival schools should always be the name of the game. Not much fun in harboring ill will and throwing accusations at each other, yes?

So let's just sit back, relax, and savor yet another successful holding of the hugely popular annual cheerdance fest that, once again, showed that our collegiate boys and girls can really inspire the crowd and their respective teams, as these highlights prove:


UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

The State University's peformers danced to Rivermaya's hit "Liwanag Sa Dilim."

...while riding invisible bicycles. 

Performing first and with routines such as this one, the iskos and iskas certainly set the mark high for the rest of the field.


DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

DLSU went up next and rocked out to Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer." Yeah, rock 'n' roll was a recurring theme in the festivities.

They also hired the services of Terrence "Pambansang Bro" Romeo for their look.

With their rock-themed display, DLSU's Pep Squad unleashed one very metal-looking pyramid. Rakenrol!


ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY

From Taft to Katipunan, let's now take a look at ADMU's martial arts-centric performance.

Of course there were still lots of body-throwing.

Momma there goes that girl!


NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Wait, where are NU's cheerdancers? Why is the floor populated by what looks to be a congregation of our stone-age ancestors?

Oh, there they are! Kudos for the great costumes! Seriously, NU, as you can see, clearly came prepared.

NU's time on the floor was a show of nice timing, control, and creativity. We mean, just look at this tower:

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UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST

Meanwhile, UE spent the most on makeup.

Hey, quit clowning around (get it?)!

Watching UE's crew jump around made us reminisce about a time five years and 20 pounds ago.


ADAMSON UNIVERSITY

Adamson started its own routine the only way a true cheerdance crew knows how: by tossing people around.

They also know how to build a mean pyramid.

Leg splits and all, these gals are truly dedicated. Damn that flexibility!


FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY

We don't want to get kicked in the face by the girls of FEU's Cheering Squad...

Yes, they also brought their own invisible bikes to the venue.

More flying bodies!


UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS

UST's Salinggawi Dance Troupe put on a tiger-riffic show that's both colorful and creative!


Man, the big cat would be proud.

Talk about flashing the middle finger at gravity!

Photography KC Cruz
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