When the Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad took their turn on the floor, the crowd went wild.
After all, no team can go wrong with a six-minute performance paying homage to Michael Jackson, King of Pop. With their anti-gravity lean, moonwalk, and a Thriller-inspired dance routine, the FEU Cheering Squad made a strong case to win the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition title.
But it was hard to topple a dynasty.
The Morayta-based squad fell short of the cheerdance crown anew, finishing in second place behind back-to-back champions NU Pep Squad earlier at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Despite FEU’s solid performance, the back-to-back Sampaloc-based champions delivered a spellbinding tribute to the country to win their sixth title in seven years.
This competition marked FEU’s back-to-back bridesmaid finishes in the said event, also placing second in last year’s edition with their 70s-inspired routine.
Despite a hard-earned silver medal finish, FEU head coach Randell San Gregorio admitted he expected his squad to snatch the title.
“Can I be honest? I was actually expecting a different score. [Pero] hindi naman ako judge, so okay pa rin,” San Gregorio said.
Winning their last title back in 2009, the head coach said their back-to-back silver medal finishes were already a ‘great accomplishment’.
With the roaring sound of applause inside the arena, the FEU Cheering Squad felt like they already won the title.
“Judging from the crowd’s reaction sa routine namin, we’ve done our job. Feeling ko naman, the crowd cheered the loudest during our performance, [so] okay na ako doon,” San Gregorio ended.