No shade, just keeping it real. #toughlove
- So tired of the whining and excuses coming from UP regarding its academic load and lack of gymnasts. This has been ongoing for what, 5 years? Challenges aren’t exclusive to just one school. During the preview, there were stories from other schools about their athletes working as a janitor, not being able to visit a mother who suffered from a stroke in Bicol, and losing an ear from a motorcycle accident; one school had no reserve members so they had to stop training for three weeks and could only resume when all were healthy enough. EVERYONE has problems, even the best of them.
- I don’t get UP’s recent disdain for themes as if the petty rephrasing to “kwento” is such a stroke of genius. (It is still a theme; potato, potahto.) And the irony with #kwentongisko is that there was no narrative in their performance at all. Watch it without the music and you will have no clue as to what the message is. (Even with the music, I had no idea what was happening. The cheer portion was a hot mess.) Now, compare that to their previous performances; even as a silent “film,” all their past routines will clearly give you the narrative, whether through the visually stunning uniforms, pompoms, formations, or choreography. Having a solid theme got them eight championships and it’s what would get them the next one, particularly if it won’t be able to recruit gymnasts. Play it smart. On that note…
- … NU is not unbeatable. I think what we saw from UP is the equivalent of a person having a mental breakdown. And I can’t blame them—we really did witness atrocious judging in 2015. But I do hope the results of this year’s competition make them see that winning UAAP Cheerdance does not mean you have to play their game and recruit gymnasts year after year. Let’s say NU hit all their stunts, I thought UP could have definitely killed them in the creative department.
Come on, UP: you’ve rocked a coliseum; you’ve sent in tribal warriors and ended a performance without being on the mat, with a “naked” Oblation to boot; you’ve used sunflowers, disco balls, and cone-shaped bras as pompoms; you’ve gone blond and shaved your heads; you’ve had female bases and male flyers; you actually represented all schools in one routine (now, that’s a stroke of genius); and you freaking had a heart-shaped pyramid!
You have a storied history and legacy behind you. You got this. But there’s a lot of work to do.
PS: The judges scored it fair and square this year: as I’ve previously written,
…what’s the point of having difficult stunts if you can’t execute them properly? In sports, a score is earned not by effort but by execution.
so I was glad to see that AdU, UE, and UST earned the top spots. When I tweeted my personal ranking, I based it on how the NCC would judge it. I hope they stick to rewarding those with a good balance of difficulty and clean execution.