Ikot song is found, thanks Mon! It’s Umiikot-Ikot by Mike Hanopol. Additional notes on UP’s routine at numbers 3 and 6.
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Had an amazing Sunday courtesy of the 2009 UAAP Cheerdance competition. Yes, UP, the two-time defending champions, failed in its quest for a three-peat but still, we had a lot of fun.
You see, when UP was announced third-placers, the UST crowd went wild with delight — the stadium literally shook under my feet. At aaminin ko, napikon talaga ko na may halong humiliation, lol. (Don’t get me wrong, the UP Pep Squad did us all proud; I really just didn’t like how UST reacted.)
Clearly, UST thought it was going to be champions, or second-placers at the least.
While the hosts were about to announce the second-placers, I thought out loud: “Wait, Ateneo is so capable of breaking into the Top 3!” So I began cheering for Ateneo, and the rest of the UP crowd thought the same (hey, great minds think alike ;-), and we began cheering for them.
And Ateneo did win 1st runner-up!!! The UP crowd roared with delight — there was no way UST was going to be champions because clearly, FEU showed the best routine! So ayun, from then on, asar-talo talaga UST. Everyone pretty much ganged up on them — cheering and celebrating for FEU before the announcement of first place, while they were oh-so-quiet, lol.
Digital na talaga karma ngayon.
So yes, someone go kicked out of the Holy Trinity of UAAP Cheerleading and it’s not us 😛
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We saw FEU rehearsing at Araneta Coliseum (we were one of the early birds), and their routine was basically a patchwork of all the best stunts that UP has done at the 2008 UAAP Cheerdance competition and at the 3rd Cheerleading Asia International Open in Tokyo, Japan. They committed a lot of mistakes during the rehearsal, so I felt confident that UP would be able to successfully defend its title.
Alas, the UP Pep Squad had glaring errors, most notably the pyramid that never was (1:17 mark):
Theirs was a Michael Jackson tribute, with a spectacular Moonwalk partner stunt. I tweeted, “ateneo shockingly good. crowd is going wild,” and this was why, later, I figured that they would be second-placers.
I also noted that the judges, with the exception of Powerdance’s Douglas Nierras, were all from nationally and internationally sanctioned cheerleading associations; they would look at the performances at a technical perspective. Hence, I had an inkling on how the rankings would look like.
Looking back at my tweets, I only commented on the routine of those who ended up in the Top 3, so needless to say, I am satisfied with the results. UP, unfortunately, was only 0.3 behind Ateneo. If I’m not mistaken, 5 points were deducted for every major error so if only they didn’t miss that pyramid, UP could’ve walked away with the title.
Final scores and team standings as follows (last four slots, unverified):
- Far Eastern University – 86.10
Ateneo de Manila University – 83.40
University of the Philippines – 83.10
University of Sto Tomas – 81
University of the East
De La Salle University
and I completely agree.