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NU Pep Squad’s debuting coach Gab Bajacan after the staff completed first runner up within the UAAP Cheerdance Competitors 2023. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College Pep Squad did not defend its throne in coach Gab Bajacan’s debut because the staff settled for silver within the UAAP Cheerdance Competitors on Saturday at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

Ushering a brand new period in after the departure of Ghicka Bernabe, Bajacan had combined feelings in his first competitors with the NU Pep Squad performing an Elvis Presley-themed routine in entrance of 18,122 followers.

“To be sincere, it’s unhappy as a result of we have been ready earlier than coming into the blue mats. However the primary competitors is completely different and we couldn’t keep away from some issues throughout the efficiency,” mentioned Bajacan in Filipino.

“Like in 2017, regardless of having a whole lot of errors, we acquired one thing optimistic and we are going to deliver it to the following competitors. We’ll carry that to deliver the crown again to Jocson and we need to keep that approach, we need to hold the model of NU Pep Squad, which is aggressive in cheerdance,” he added.

NU, which carried out second, had 697 factors with solely a five-point deduction however fell in need of the Far Japanese College Cheering Squad, which earned 702.5 factors with its Tremendous Mario-themed routine.

Solely just the start

We may have a brand new champion as NU PEP Squad settles for silver. #UAAPCDC2023 | @LanceAgcaoilINQ

— INQUIRER Sports activities (@INQUIRERSports) December 2, 2023

Bajacan already took notes in regards to the issues they should enhance subsequent season whereas his staff was performing.

“I took notes and shared factors of enchancment with our supervisor. It’s good that it’s my first time as head coach and I already considering [of the things we can improve] whereas the competitions are ongoing,” he mentioned.

“Our advisor dance coach mentioned that we’re simply getting began. It’s a really completely different dynamics between coaches.”

The brand new NU coach mentioned he has “to be extra like Ghicka” though he admitted it will be onerous to interchange such a profitable coach. That’s why he employed a set of coaches to assist him to allow them to proceed the staff’s profitable custom.

“She’s like a mom coach. So I’ve to know everybody. It’s onerous to be a Ghika Bernabe, and he or she’s the one and solely Ghika Bernabe. It’s very very onerous to fill in her footwear and different senior coaches,” Bajacan mentioned. “I’m completely happy that we survived this season and we are going to make to get the right combination this UAAP Cheerdance Season 87.”

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