On November 19, the much-awaited annual UAAP Cheerdance competition will take place as planned, except the University of the Philippines will not be part of it.
The UP Pep Squad on its Facebook page announced on Wednesday, October 26 that it wouldn’t join Season 79’s competition.
It contested the National University’s first prize win last year, repeatedly reached out to the organizers, and exerted all efforts to get answers, but to no avail.
“After many weeks, months, and now a year of waiting, our issues and questions remain unresolved. 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,” a portion of its statement reads.
Last year saw NU win first place, its third consecutive win in the competition, the UST Salinggawi Troupe won second, and UP the Pep Squad third.
UP Pep Squad head coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña told GMA News Online last year that her biggest concern were the “unsafe moves executed by the NU Pep Squad at the competition.”
According to her, NU performed a stunt in the 2014 CDC that saw the cheer dancers doing a flip of more than 360 degrees that ended in an inverted position. “We wanted to protest this stunt after the competition. However, we decided to ignore it and we assumed that the judges were aware of the infraction and gave it the proper deduction,” Pereña said.
It violated a rule, which was still in place during the 2015 competition. NU repeated the move, “this time with 3 stunt groups, a blatant disregard of the rule, and worse still retained the CDC championship.”
UP requested for an informal meeting, sought individual delegates, and with no clarification whatsoever, decided to drop out of the competition.
They will however, participate in the 2016 Asian Cheerleading and Dancesport Competition and represent the country.
Click the photo below to read UP Pep Squad’s complete statement.