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CBA reigns cheering competition for the 3rd time

Julien Marie Piñero

2-in-a-row. CBA wins this years SU Cheerdance Competition. PHOTO BY Kenno Elum

2-in-a-row. CBA wins this years SU Cheerdance Competition. PHOTO BY Kenno Elum

THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (CBA) cheering team went three-peat win in the Silliman All-University Cheering Competition last Aug. 25 at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center.

Judah Brown, cheerleader for three consecutive years and CBA cheering team captain said that at first, he never thought of being the leader of the pack.

“I think I just underestimated myself,” Brown said.

But being able to cope with responsibilities, Brown stated that, “I am indubitably proud of myself because I was able to help motivate and inspire my team.”

Senior cheerleaders Yani Adriatico Pico and John James Tan Jardaleza were the CBA cheering team coaches. The team was also assisted by Shane Eguia Alferez, former pep squad member at St. Vincent’s College in Dipolog.

The juries of the event were Myca Maala for the basic elements; Moises Concepcion for the stunts; and Cleon Cepillo for the tumbling.

Maala was a 3-time champion at the South East Asian Cheerleading Open in Singapore.

Concepcion was a former member of the Rizal Technological University Blue Thunders pep squad.

Cepillo was a former member of the National University back-to-back University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion. He was also part of the team who won the 2016 World Hip hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas.

The other winners of the competition were the College of Engineering and Design, first runner up; the College of Computer Studies, second runner up; and College of Arts and Sciences, third runner up.

For those who aspire to be cheerleaders, Brown advised that they should join a cheerleading team.

“I suggest they join a team because being a cheerleader is just amazing! I never regretted why I became a cheerleader because from the word “cheer” it gives happiness from within,” Brown said.

Brown also gave a message to the other teams saying, “To [the] other teams out there, to be honest, it really doesn’t matter that much if you win or not, but what really matters is the bond of the team, making new friends, and helping each other through motivating. Whenever performing in the competition, ‘always’ give your best so you won’t have any regrets.”

“…you don’t have to boo or bully any team when they perform or when they lose, and you don’t even have to ‘pray’ for them to make errors, because real cheerleaders don’t have that kind of attitude. We must cheer each other up so we could keep the spirit of camaraderie,” Brown said to the avid supporters of the event.

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