PASAY CITY – The Perps Squad of the University of Perpetual Help regained its status as the premier cheerleading program of the National Collegiate Athletic Association by ruling the 91st season Cheerleading Competition at the SM Mall of Asia last Tuesday (March 8). This marks the ninth overall title of the Las Pinas City-based school.
The Perps squad scored 195.0 out of a possible 250.0 points from the five-man judging panel to edge out last year’s champion Arellano University by only two points. Back then, the Chiefs Squad ended the Perps’ five-year reign that began in the 86th season.
A slip on Perps’ final pyramid nearly cost them the win. Coach Ruffa Rosario admitted that he was very worried and left their fate to the judges.
“Unlike other schools, we lack gymnasts and the team is mostly home-grown so I devised a routine that will best fit them,” said Coach Rosario. “It is only now that we have began recruiting so I thank the support of the school and the Tamayo family.”
For his part, team captain Mark Espinas shared their story after losing their crown last year. “We stayed together and practiced very hard and Coach was always there to provide the needed support,” said Espinas who is on his final year with the team.
Coming in at Third Place was Emilio Aguinaldo College with 145.0 points. A total of nine cheering varsities participated in what has become one of the NCAA’s best-attended activities.
Tuesday’s competition also served as the NCAA’s closing ceremonies wherein overall Seniors and Juniors champion San Beda College was recognized along with the winners in all sporting disciplines. Ironically, San Beda will be the host of the 92nd season opening later this year.