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Salinggawi places fourth

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     THEY were, once again, close enough to the podium.

     The Salinggawi Dance Troupe placed fourth for the second consecutive year in the annual Samsung Cheerdance Competition held yesterday, September 22, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

     Entering the Top 3 this year were fairy tale-themed NU Pep Squad for second runner up, jungle-themed FEU Cheering Squad for first runner up, and freedom-themed UP Pep Squad for their third consecutive championship.

     UP Pep now ties with Salinggawi with eight overall wins in the cheerdance competition, which started in 1994.

     Salinggawi’s Rio Carnival theme, according to new coach Ramon Pagaduan, is an existing theme by the dance troupe’s previous coach, Ryan Silva.

     Their performance this year was highlighted by various tumblings and three-level pyramids. Also worth noting was their ballroom dance accompanied with gymnastic moves.

     Pagaduan said that he mostly just let the dancers be themselves for this competition. “Hindi pa sila sanay sa style of coaching ko,” he said to TomasinoWeb.

     This year’s cheering team is composed of 10 rookies and 8 seniors, the rest are juniors.

     According to UP Pep Squad’s former team captain Lawrence Bautista, their freedom theme showed that the iskolar ng bayan are not afraid of anything. He also said that the theme was dedicated to all students of the University of the Philippines.

     Bautista and his teammates surprised everyone with their shaved heads, an idea presented by their coach, Lala Parena. And to give more meaning to it, their shaved hairs was donated to cancer patients.

     According to Pagaduan, Salinggawi really needs to have a good schedule first for it was difficult for them to be complete in their trainings.

     Asked to give a message to UP’s win this year, Pagaduan said, “They deserve it and we will try next year.”

     First runner up for 2011, La Salle Animo Squad, toppled to fifth this year with their sporty boxing theme. Ranking sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, were anime-themed Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion, K-pop-themed Adamson Pep Squad, and mythology-themed UE Pep Squad.

By Juan Miguel G. Villon
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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The UAAP Flag is presented to UAAP schools rectors and presidents in its season opening in 2016 | Amirah Eloise Banda/TomasinoWeb

With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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