A leap higher than the rest


GRUNGE GIRL Tiger graphic tee, plaid shirt, Cotton On; denim shorts, brown suede booties, Bershka. PHOTO BY TOFF TIOZON

Bright-eyed, bubbly and very talented, Carla Piscoso is what every cheerleader should be, and more.

With a burning passion for dancing, Carla has devoted much of herself into developing her skills in this craft. This led her to join the University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) UAAP cheerdance team, Salinggawi Dance Troupe.

This morena beauty began dancing hip-hop in high school. In college, Carla continued dancing, but at the same time she wanted to try something new.

HER INVOLVEMENT with Salinggawi is not only a matter of dedication, it is also a matter of duty. PHOTO BY TOFF TIOZON

Fortunately, UST had the perfect answer:  the Salinggawi Dance Troupe. Not only does the team offer cheerleading, it also enables its members to try different dance genres such as hip-hop, jazz, folk dance and ballet.

A cheerleading team that competes, Salinggawi trains every day, more so now that the UAAP Cheerdance Competition is set in a few weeks. “We do cardio, toning, gymnastics, dance, lifting and stunts as well,” Carla says.


SHE HOPES to continue the winning tradition Salinggawi is known for. PHOTO BY TOFF TIOZON

Her involvement is not only a matter of dedication, it is also a matter of duty. It also entails losing and sacrificing other important things. Carla admits that being a Salinggawi cheerdancer means that she should be willing to make sacrifices without a feeling of regret.

As she gives more and more of her time to her squad, she loses valuable time with family and loved ones.

Yet, she knows that in the end, her hard work, dedication and commitment will ultimately shape her as an athlete and as a person, while strengthening the squad that is dear to her heart.


“I truly believe that all my sacrifices for Salinggawi will be worth it and because of that, I don’t regret anything at all,” says Carla.

To Carla, cheerleading is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Of late, many brands have been drawn to the grace and athleticism of women athletes.


MORENA BEAUTY Floral graphic tee, Bershka; torn denim shorts, Cotton On. PHOTO BY TOFF TIOZON

Carla and other university cheerleaders were recently named among the new endorsers and ambassadors of Facial Care Centre.

Indeed, cheerleading does not end at rousing the crowd to rally behind its team; it also opens doors to different opportunities, especially for someone as gifted as Carla.


Still humble

Amid the praises heaped on her, however, Carla remains humble, genuine and cheerful. Her determination, dedication, talent and fresh face will certainly take Carla to greater heights—higher than her cheerleading leaps and jumps.

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