The UP Pep squad aerialed and pyramided to an all-original U.P.-created cheerdance music, a U.P. #OPM

    The UP Pep squad aerialed and pyramided to an all-original U.P.-created cheerdance music, a U.P. OPM


     The UP Pep squad aerialed and pyramided to an all-original U.P.-created cheerdance music, a U.P. OPM, using those UP-crowd-created and UP-Pep-Squad-created chants set to EDM (electronic dance music), including chants like a remixed “Iskolar ng Bayan! Ngayon ay lumalaban!” set to dubstep! (give us a copy!) (“Iskolar ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban” roughly translated: “Scholars of the people, fight for the people” – translation with apologies).
        There should be an award for original composition and using an all-original music for the cheerdance competition but there are none. (it’s too easy and convenient to just download any pop music, foreign, usually, for the UAAP cheerdance, but this piracy does not contribute to the arts; besides, there are probably copyright issues here but fortunately for the rip-offers, the international song companies are not looking this way).
       Still and all, the winners, based on the traditional scoring of “stunts, pyramids, tosses, and tumbling” deserve their awards for the difficulty and athleticism of the moves. 
       The NU cheerdance athletes had exquisite, death-defying moves (Warning: not to be attempted without the assistance of a certified coach) such as when: While balancing on their teammates hands, they held up a steady one-legged dancers’ pose (extreme tree pose)  and from this, backbended still holding the dancer’s pose,  and then, without momentum but a slight upward nudge from below, backflipped  still holding the dancer’s pose from the second tier to the ground – very difficult and dangerous (Warning: not to be attempted without the assistance of a certified coach) ; they also formed their pyramid not by somersaulting to it but by leaping and hurtling from the ground straight to the third tier and landing perfectly on top of the pyramid, perfectly stable, even with momentum to power the leap — all very risky, difficult, and dangerous ( Warning: not to be attempted without the assistance of a certified coach) They deserve the award this year.
       … not sure if these risks are necessary — Happy that everyone is safe. Congratulations to all the athletes!

 

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(credits: Photo by the Philippine Collegian; videos by ABS-CBN Sports)

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