IN PHOTOS: Perfect NU reasserts UAAP cheerdance dominance


Posted at Nov 17 2018 09:42 PM

MANILA - Here are highlights from the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the National University (NU) Pep Squad reclaimed their place atop the UAAP Cheerdance Competition with a flawless performance, making it five championship titles in six years.

The UE Pep Squad battles for a place in the podium. Their university has not placed in the top three for years, and was unfortunate to not have broken the streak when their impressive performance was deemed only good enough for fifth. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A member of the UP Pep Squad acts as the central figure for one of their formations --basic ones but meaningful for those studying in the university. The performance was based around the colors of the UP's "sablay," the sash worn by its graduating students. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe became a fan-favorite with a routine which used Beyonce songs. The school was hoping to build on last year's second place finish, but ended up in fourth --just half a point shy of a return to the podium. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the DLSU Pep Squad are all smiles as they compete in the annual cheerdance showcase. Their group took inspiration from the classic musical "Hairspray" and borrowed music from the 1960s. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Precision from the NU Pep Squad earns them their fifth championship title in six years. They surrendered the top spot last year, but came back strong by putting on an penalty-free performance that was based on the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion aimed for a fairy-tale podium finish, which would have taken them from the very bottom last year to the top three. Strong competition though popped their bubble and pushed them to seventh. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The FEU Cheering Squad assembles an impressive pyramid stunt as they look to improve from fifth last year. Their runner-up finish, thanks to a groovy 70s-themed performance, will no doubt bring a smile to their students. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Defending champion Adamson Pep Squad made their roars heard with a routine based on the beloved "Lion King," but it couldn't prevent their loud, barking rivals from taking back the title this year. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the NU Pep Squad celebrate winning the group stunts side contest. The result proved to be a good premonition for them reclaiming the overall title this year. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

BACK ON TOP AGAIN: The NU Pep Squad hold their head up high after being named this year's cheerdance champions. It's their fifth title in six years. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

DOMINANT: The NU Pep Squad poses for a photo after winning the cheerdance title. Their flawless performance placed them miles ahead of second place FEU. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The NU Pep Squad throws their hands up in the air in jubilitation as they celebrate their place atop the collegiate cheerdance summit. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News