From first runner up to champion.
The College of Arts and Sciences dethroned the four time defending champion School of Business and Management (SBM) in this year’s Xavier University Ruby Olympics Cheerdance Competition.
Showcasing their fierce look that resembles their college symbol, Artscies Tigers had wowed the crowd with their unique choreography, breathtaking stunts, and an exhilarating overall performance. Clad in black and red uniform with the skin pattern of a wild cat, green pompoms, Artscies captured the hearts of the judges with their jungle themed routines.
“We started practicing second week of August, it was less than a month of preparation. We practiced Monday to Saturday, usually started at 8pm and ended at 12 midnight. My experience alone two days before the competition, na hospital ko kay nahulog ko sa practice. Dako kaayo ang bukol and I had amnesia for awhile,” said Benife Ilogon, one of the flyers of Artscies who shared the hardships that they went through.
When asked if they expected to win, Benife emotionally answered “Overwhelming kaayo, wala mi nagexpect na makasulod mi sa top three because even sa final performance, wala namo na perfect among stunt.”
Another surprisingly great performance was the second placer, the Bullriders of the College of Agriculture. Aside from their well executed routines, they fascinated the crowd with their good looking dancers.
The College of Computer Studies took the third spot. Just like NU of UAAP, they had one of the smallest crowds but they did not disappoint everybody with their chic performance.
Who said engineers do not dance. The fourth placer College of Engineering was one of the most applauded teams with their clean execution of routines and of course, their “Whoops Kiri Whoops.” On the other hand, the defending champion SBM has to settle for fifth place this year. But as one of their cheer dancers had said, “never mind the prestige and the title, ang importante na showcase namo among talents as cheerdancers.”
College of Nursing, School of Education, and CIT landed on sixth, seventh, and eighth spot respectively.
Photos by Kim D. Zaldivar Photography and Angelito Abao