Two years after the pandemic hit, the UAAP Cheerdance Competition finally made its return. Eight universities competed for the coveted championship yesterday, May 22, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The cheerdance competition was opened by Ateneo de Manila University’s Blue Babble Battalion, who had a theme of Mamma Mia for their performance.
Defending champions National University Pep Squad went up next and had music from the nineties for their performance. They bedazzled the crowd with their stunts and pyramids and made sure to leave the MOA Arena with a podium finish.
The University of the Philippines Pep Squad performed a K-Pop inspired number with PSY’s “Gangnam Style”. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University’s Pep Squad gave a flawless performance that paid tribute to rock band Queen. With FEU’s performance, fans of the school and competition were pretty much sure that FEU would be a podium finisher for the season.
Vice Ganda, who was watching the competition on television, was actively tweeting about the performances of the universities. The unkabogable star was very honest with his comments with regards to the performances. As an alumnus of FEU, the comedian was all praises for the Morayta-based squad, wishing that they would be the champions.
O tahkayoooo!!! Kavogue ang FEU!!! Kahit madumi mga pagkain sa Hepa Lane malinis ang performance! #UAAPCDC2022— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 22, 2022
Simple lang pala ang judging. True or Falls lang. #UAAPCDC2022— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 22, 2022
The Adamson University Pep Squad made sure to leave their mark as well with a wild west performance which wowed the audience. Host university De La Salle University’s Animo Squad honored the works of Lady Gaga with their performance. Following DLSU was University of the East with their Britney Spears-inspired cheerdance. Last but not the least, the University of Santo Tomas’ Salinggawi Dance Troupe closed the competition with their Latin inspired performance which earned the cheers of the audience.
The event ended with FEU Pep Squad winning their 19th championship, dethroning the defending champions NU Pep Squad. The AdU and NU Pep Squads came in second and third, respectively.