UP Pep Squad to hold pep rally for "true supporters"
Haters are told to stay home.
(SPOT.ph) After announcing in October that they won't be joining the 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition on November 19, the University of the Philippines Varsity Pep Squad (a.k.a. UP Pep Squad or UP Pep) has organized what they call a "Cheerdance Non-Competition Performance" to be held on November 16, 5 p.m. at the UP College of Human Kinetics. The show will feature routines that the squad has prepared for the upcoming Asian Cheerleading Dancesport Competition and one never-before-seen choreography that expresses their gratefulness to "true supporters."
It was announced on October 26 that the well-loved squad isn't joining the annual UAAP competition to "abide with [their] principles of honor and integrity." In a protest filed in 2015, UP Pep Squad Coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña pointed out that the results of the 2015 UAAP Cheerdance Competition showed "gross disregard for the competition criteria (provided in the UAAP Season 77 Cheerdance Competition Rules and Regulations." The UAAP committee's only reply was "that the results of the 2015 UAAP CDC are valid" without clarifying the points from Pereña's review.
Tickets are available for free to UP ID holders, including students, alumni, and faculty. Non-Iskos and Iskas can also join in on the fun by purchasing a UP Pep Squad souvenir shirt (P300).
"We are actually also thankful for all the critics and bashers who took the time to react, comment, edit memes, trash talk, generate blog traffic, and find purpose in our issues. After all, you too are part of the iterative process of growth. Anything worthwhile in life is accomplished by enduring the negative experiences—many of which we owe to these people," said the UP Pep Squad through a Facebook post on November 11. The post also reminds haters to just stay home.
For more information, visit the University of the Philippines Varsity Pep Squad Facebook Page.