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SOURCE: ABS-CBN NEWS
MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad will not join the UAAP Season 79 Cheerdance Competition, the squad announced on Wednesday.
The UP Pep Squad, winners of eight cheerdance titles, said in a statement posted on their Facebook page that they are opting to skip this season’s competition due in part to their failure to reach a resolution with the competition’s organizers.
UP had placed third in Season 78, with National University (NU) coming in first place and University of Santo Tomas (UST) placing second.
UP disputed the result, with coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña filing a formal protest to the UAAP Cheerdance Committee that was endorsed by UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan.
Their protest was dismissed, however.
“From our first request for an informal meeting, to the letter of protest advised by the organizers themselves, we have exhausted all our efforts to reach a resolution,” they added. “We have repeatedly sought out the delegated individuals to no avail. And after many weeks, months, and now a year of waiting, our issues and questions remain unresolved.”
Last year, Juarez-Pereña had said that they will not join the competition if their questions are not answered — and the UP Pep Squad is sticking to its words.
“We abide with our principles of honor and integrity, and stay true to our word of foregoing with the competition, should the same organizers be hired to handle the event again,” the team said.
This marks the first time since the event’s inception that the UP Pep Squad, a traditional powerhouse, will not compete. They have made the podium every year that they participated.
Instead of the UAAP, the UP Pep Squad will instead focus its energies on preparing for the Asian Cheerleading and Dancesport Competition, among other events.
“We are also working on a simple gathering in keeping our duty to cheer for our university, fellow students and supporters: a consolation for the sizable longing that missing this season’s CDC will leave in our hearts. We hope you will be patient enough for this offering, or in terms familiar to us: an Oblation.”
UP last ruled the cheerdance tilt in 2012, the last of three straight titles. Since then, the CDC has been dominated by the National University Pep Squad.
Filipino table tennis Ian Lariba holds the national flag as she leads the Philippine contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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SOURCE: ABSCBN News
MANILA – Filipino-American tennis player Treat Huey and partner Max Mirnyi are one game away from the finals of the Wimbledon men’s doubles competition.
Huey and Mirnyi won their quarterfinal game to advance to the semifinals of the Wimbledon men’s double Wednesday night.
The Filipino and his partner defeated Jonathan Marray and Adil Shamasdin 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3, at the Grand Slam event.
Huey is eyeing a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. His bid for the Olympics got a boost after sports patron Henri Lhuillier decided to extend his support for Huey after bankrolling the Philippine team’s successful campaign in the recent Davis Cup.
The Filipino netter made it to the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles and quarterfinals of the men’s doubles. He also won a title in Acapulco.