Perpetual Help outperformed last year’s tormentor Arellano University to reclaim the title in the 91st NCAA cheerleading competition before a packed crowd at the MOA Arena in Pasay City yesterday.
Boasting of a better performance than last year, the Perps Squad garnered 195 points, two points ahead of the Chief Squad with 193 to clinch the former’s ninth title since the event was held as a regular sport 12 years ago.
Perpetual Help thus avenged its heartbreaking loss to Arellano last year by the closest of margins, 404.5-405.5,
“It’s a good feeling to win it again,” said Perpetual Help coach Ruf Rosario.
And Perpetual Help nearly lost it after blowing its finale–an all-male reverse pyramid that wasn’t completed.
“I was surprised we didn’t complete it because of all stunts it was the easiests,” said Rosario.
Perpetual Help began celebration as soon as Arellano U was announced the runner up and the celebration grew more frantic when it was officially declared as champion.
The trick, according to Rosario, is preparation. “We really worked and prepared hard to regain the title,” said Perpetual team captain Mark Espinas.
It was sweet revenge for Perpetual Help as it made up with its disappointing second place effort a year ago.
Last year, they performed the tougher routines but committed several glaring mistakes that cost them the crown.
Now they made ammends.
“We knew for us to win, we need to minimize mistakes and that’s what we’ve done,” said Rosario.
It was Perpetual Help’s third title this season after topping men’s and juniors volleyball.
“It’s a proud accomplishment by the school,” said Perpetual Help Policy Board member Anthony Tamayo.
Emilio Aguinaldo wound up third with 145 points, duplicating its third place finish four years ago.