The UAAP Cheerdance Competition is one of the most anticipated events every UAAP season.
Students, alumni, and cheerdance fanatics gather together for one of the biggest and liveliest Twitter parties of the year as netizens tweet out their winning reactions to all the performances.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions made during the UAAP CDC do not reflect the person charot— Chiara ???? (@chiaramendiola) December 2, 2017
For this year's cheerdance competition, fans were all eager to see the return of the UP Pep Squad after they skipped the previous season.
UP had always been one of the top contenders for the sport, and they had always been one of the competition's highlights.
MOA Arena plays "This is What You Came For" right before UP Pep's routine ???? #UAAPCDC2017— Trash O'Bannon (@trishaobannon) December 2, 2017
People were happy to see their return.
SPOILER: "“We’re just back. No revenge, no beating NU, we’re just back, UP Pep is back,” UP Pep team captain Thea Obanil said.— P A S T O (@RaymondPasto) December 1, 2017
Early Christmas gift ????#UAAPCDC2017#MaroonAkoIsko #KwentongIsko #ALLOUTON5
The performance of UP Pep Squad was never only about choreography & stunts. It's a social commentary of overwhelming significance, nationalism and battle for the rights of the underserved. #MaroonAkoIsko #UPFight #KwentongIsko #UAAPCDC2017— Dalvie Casilang (@docdalvz) December 2, 2017
for the 1st time in a while the UP Pep Squad focused on a personal goal (i.e. to simply perform for the sake of performing) instead of a huge advocacy, and for me it's ok!!! as artists n athletes, personal goals are just as important!!!! #UPFight #TaasKamao— Paloma One (@PatriciaLucido) December 2, 2017
The stunts, the tosses, and the pyramids were also one of the anticipated highlights of the competition.
Although everyone collectively agreed that there was only one memorable stunt that deserved to be the most "winning" of them all.
Kim Chiu at Enchong Dee parin sa group stunts mga ulol! Hahahahahaha! #UAAPCDC2017— Jan-Niel (@JNMVillena) December 2, 2017
Netizens had a field day rationalizing the themes that each university squad chose for this year, just like NU's supposed "Under the Sea" theme.
Ang theme ng NU ngayon ay gobyerno natin. Hindi nagkakasundo. Charot! #UAAPCDC2017— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) December 2, 2017
MERMAIDS YUNG TAGA NU BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE SY— jhannah capistrano (@capoop) December 2, 2017
Netizens particularly loved how the NU Pep Squad paid homage to a memorable and now-viral 2003 performance of their squad.
Meanwhile, Twitter liked FEU Cheering Squad's idea of uniting earth, water, air, and fire.
Encantadia na ituuuuu!!! I'm expecting an Imaw don't disappoint me FEU!!!— Angel Salazar-Efron (@angelslzr) December 2, 2017
Over at the Taft-based squad, people pondered over La Salle's attempt to put a Japanese twist on their so-called #JapANIMO choreography.
AH GETS!!!!! KASI— ????baby kit's cold outside???? (@keetbee) December 2, 2017
ANIME LA SALLE
Ang linis ng practice ng La Salle para sa cosplay event. Safe and clean. Charot! #UAAPCDC2017— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) December 2, 2017
However, many couldn't tell whether the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion was really committed to its #JuanBigFight with its all-Pinoy theme.
Buwan ng Wika presentation is brought to you by Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion #UAAPCDC2017— Marlou ???????? (@marlousalido) December 2, 2017
Infer naman sa ADMU pinakita nila ang 2nd part ng PE sa college na folk dance. Ang corny ko dito. Charot! #UAAPCDC2017— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) December 2, 2017
But among the themes, Twitter had the hardest time figuring out UE Pep Squad's theme for this competition.
The only clue they got: their fiery, fringe ensemble.
But everyone appreciated the team's message for the year:
Especially this one:
Towards the climax of the competition, netizens started tweeting out their own bets for a podium finish.
My top 3:— satan loves gelo (@geloaurigz) December 2, 2017
1. Si Bobbie. Kasi siya yung kahit wala wala lang, ang galing galing niya. Siya yung matalino, siya yung maganda, lahat siya na #UAAPCDC2017
And this season proved to be different as the UE Pep Squad and Adamson Pep Squad joined University of Santo Tomas' Salinggawi Dance Troupe on the podium with Adamson taking some gold!
People set aside their school differences to celebrate the refreshing win of Adamson, a first-time victor in the competition.
Take note: 80% of Adamson Pep Squad are first time performers. ????— Darvin Karl (@the_darvinator) December 2, 2017
People everywhere: It's gonna be UP or NU this year!— The Diliman Fries (@kwentongupd) December 2, 2017
Adamson and UE: Not this year bitches
We love when the underdog wins! Congrats to everyone! #UAAPCDC2017
seeing the underdogs prevail gives me so much life. #UAAPCDC2017— HANS (@jetblackrev) December 2, 2017
UP pep squad cheering for Adamson after the announcement of winners. Ganda pagmasdan ng sportsmanship. #UAAPCDC2017— ErwinQuinto (@erwinisgemini) December 2, 2017
Congratulations our dear kapitbahays!!— The FEU Portraits (@TheFEUPortraits) December 2, 2017
CHAMPS: ADAMSON PEP SQUAD
1st Runner Up: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
2nd Runner Up: UE Pep Squad.
And to our beloved FEU CHEERING SQUAD, you MADE US ALL PROUD!!#FourElementsUnite #McDoBonFriesFEU
NU community still cheering for Adamson Pep Squad real talk!— Jan (@IJohnRME) December 2, 2017
Not NU. Not UP.— UAAP Updates (@SportsLivePH) December 2, 2017
But it's Adamson Pep Squad who won this season's Cheerdance Competition. Well done Falcons. #UAAPCDC2017
UP Pep Squad cheering and shouting for ADU, and so are the rest of the teams/crowd. That's what you get when you win convincingly. You win the trophy, and the hearts of everyone. #UAAPCDC2017— Julius Lejarde (@juliuslejarde) December 2, 2017
#UAAPCDC2017 Results:— UAAP Cheerdance (@UAAP_CDC) December 2, 2017
2nd RU - UE Pep Squad (first time on the podium after more than a decade)
1st RU - UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe (new system, new coaches)
Winner - AdU Pep Squad (knocking the NU Pep Squad, who was vying for a 5peat)
Meanwhile, the triumphant bronze finish of the UE Pep Squad gave birth to a new meme for social media to feast upon.
Also, an eagle-eyed netizen spotted a Hollywood star among the members of the UE Pep Squad.
And speaking of spotting winners, keen watchers had a field day stumbling upon new "eye candy."
At the end, many agreed that the underlying theme of this season was "humility."
UE's happiness after winning the 2nd runner-up plum— alexcerado (@alexcerado) December 2, 2017
UST's overwhelming reaction for 1st runner up
Adamson's historic championship with all people in the arena cheering for them.
Humility at its finest. This is UAAP. Congratulations to all the competing athletes! #UAAPCDC2017
HUMILITY. Adamson worked hard for this one. They just showed their talents and here they are-- the new UAAP CDC champion! Humility. #UAAPCDC2017— alexcerado (@alexcerado) December 2, 2017
What I love about Adamson, UST and UE Pep Squads -- either you have a winning tradition or a newcomer, you are always humble to accept a victory or defeat. Kudos to these teams! #UAAPCDC2017— alexcerado (@alexcerado) December 2, 2017
The UAAP Cheerdance Competition has held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena this Saturday, December 2.