Yup. You heard that right. The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad will not be joining the UAAP Season 79 Cheerdance Competition on November 19.
A statement was released by the UP Pep Squad a few hours after the order of performance for the CDC was announced.
“Regretfully, we will not be part of this season’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition,” the Pep Squad said.
The UP Pep Squad finished third in last year’s competition, behind the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe and National University, who won the championship for the third straight year.
The University filed a complaint to the UAAP Cheerdance Committee questioning the result of the competition. However, the protest was dismissed by the committee.
Following UP Coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña’s statement that they will skip the competition if their questions remained unanswered – The word UP is not found in the order of performance.
“Reared in the institution we represent, we abide with our principles of honor and integrity, and stay true to our word of foregoing with the competition, should the same organizers be hired to handle the event again.”
The UAAP Cheerdance Competition will be on November 19, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The order of performance is as follows.
1. DLSU Animo Squad
2. Salinggawi Dance Troupe
3. Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion
4. FEU Cheering Squad
5. Adamson Pep Squad
6. UE Pep Squad
7. NU Pep Squad