Salinggawi wins Third Place in UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2010
After toppling out from the top three last year, the 8-time cheer dance champions UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe moves a step forward as it notched third place in this year’s Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
Following the ultimate champion University of the Philippines with its lively “Hala Bira” inspired theme, and second placer Far Eastern University who sported a Japanese Samurai theme, the Salinggawi who finished fourth place last year, wowed the crowd of 20,000 with its “White Tiger” theme last Sept. 12 at the infamous Araneta Coliseum.
“We chose the White Tiger theme to make it different from the usual tiger image,” coach Ryan Silva said in an interview.
With 20 seniors and only four rookies this year, Salinggawi executed nearly seamless stunts, lifts and pyramids. Their black and white stripped costume coupled with a ferocious tiger-like performance garnered a total score of 407.5 and won them a cash price worth P140, 000.
Its strong contenders, UP and FEU received 440.9 and 421.4 points, respectively.
“I am really proud of our team this year,” said Salinggawi President Mara Gesmundo. “We are happy that people enjoyed our performance and we are able to perform with all our heart.”
Although they failed to reclaim the championship title for the fourth time since 2007, Gesmundo said that making it back in the top three is the greatest reward.
“Being the 2nd runner up is a big bonus for us,” Gesmundo said. “We are happy that we made the Thomasians proud once again.”
Meanwhile, Ateneo Blue Babble Batallion who placed 2nd last year fell into fourth place this year followed by De La Salle Pep Squad.
Other competing universities such as University of the East, Adamson University and National University finished sixth, seventh and eight places, respectively.
For next year, Salinggawi is positive to make improvements in what they showed up this year.
“With the technicalities especially the gymnastics skills and pyramids, the levels are really raised,” Silva said. “The way they build those pyramids and transitions, I think we really need to excel on that to go along with the trend of cheer dance.”
By Marie Angeline M. Pagulayan
Photographs by JC Sioson