The National University Pep Squad seeks its second straight title as the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition gets going on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
NU Pep won five championships in the last six years as the Bustillos-based cheerdancers hope to wow everyone with a performance that coach Ghicka Bernabe said is a tribute to all the Filipinos.
In front of its flag-waving schoolmates, NU Pep Squad is ready to deliver with its Sarimanok-inspired run in the mat.
NU Pep will be the eighth and last performer which was determined in the lottery two months ago, the first since the 2014 edition, where they won back-to-back titles.
“Eight is better than one pagdating sa performance. Somehow nu’ng na-experience namin as first performers before, kahit gaano kami kahanda, I can’t control the emotions of my kids, I can’t control yung scenario,” said NU Pep head coach Ghicka Bernabe.
Last season’s runner-up Far Eastern University Cheering Squad will be the fifth performer, hoping to deliver with a Michael Jackson-inspired run.
Adamson University Pep Squad, which placed third last year, will be at No. 6, seeking to bore fruit its bid to regain the throne it won two years ago.
De La Salle Animo Squad will perform first, followed by University of the East Pep Squad, University of the Philippines Pep Squad and Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion.
University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe will be the penultimate performer before NU.
Gates open at 12 noon.