The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad held “Elevate 2016: Utak at Puso,” its annual dance concert, on Feb. 13 at the University Theater in Diliman.
The two-hour show featured the group’s cheerdance prowess through its famous Utak-Puso and all-female cheer routines— the latter winning a silver medal in the Cheerleading World Championships held November last year in
It also performed contemporary dances with alumni members. Other performers were the UP Pep Drummers, UP Street Dance Club and Jourdan Bartolome of the UP Filipiniana Dance Group.
The event was hosted by UP Pep Squad alums Tonsi Ignacio, Via Antonio and Jeffrey Garcia.
Fans of the squad will recall that the Utak-Puso routine landed the group third place in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Cheerdance Competition (CDC) in 2015.
Two days after the event, UP Pep Squad coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña wrote the cheerdance committee a protest letter, citing “that the overall results did not genuinely reflect adherence to the competition guidelines and criteria.”
The National University (NU) Pep Squad placed first in the competition, followed by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe.
But the ultimate crowd-pleaser was the Miss Universe-CDC skit, where the UP Pep Squad portrayed Miss Philippines, NU Pep Squad played Miss Colombia, and UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe was Miss USA. Dancers recreated the infamous flub of the Miss Universe pageant in cheerdance style, ending in the coronation of the UP Pep Squad.