MAKATI CITY – Centro Escolar University returned to the top of the ladder by ruling the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Cheerleading Championship before an overflow crowd last March 13 (Friday) at the Makati Coliseum. The Scorpions emerged the best in the six-team field thanks to an almost flawless routine were they scored 264.5 out of a possible 400.0 points from the six-person judging panel from the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC).
Friday’s win erased the all the stigma from last year’s debacle that saw CEU finish in Fourth Place, unthinkable for a squad that once scored back-to-back triumphs in the 10th and 11th NAASCU. This time, the wards of Coach Vincent Raphael Manarang made sure it would not happen again and end their two-year title drought.
Although the Scorpions did not top any of the five categories (they tied with Rizal Technological University for Pyramid Building), it was their clean execution that was assessed a single point deduction that did the trick. NAASCU Chairman Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem together with Vice President Prof. Juanita P. Alamillo and Secretary General Jose Sanchez awarded the trophies to the winners.
Landing in Second Place for the second year in a row were the RTU Blue Thunder, who barely lost out due to their eight deductions for a total of 259.0 points. The Blue Thunder had more points from the five categories before the deductions were made.
Defending champion Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix edged out the City University of Pasay Eagle Squad by a mere half-point for Third Place, 247.5 to 247.0. While the Eagles were given no deductions, the Phoenix exhibited better Cheer and Basic Elements to grab the last podium spot.
Rounding out the participants were Saint Clare College of Caloocan (163.0) and Philippine Christian University (149.0). NAASCU members New Era University and Diliman College did not field entries.
Meanwhile, CEU will play host to the NAASCU’s second semester events from March 22 to 23. The school will be the venue for Swimming, Chess, Badminton, Table Tennis and Taekwondo competitions with the date and venue for the Athletics Meet to be announced soon.
The Official Scores: