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By Angela Christa Coloma

FOR The first time in the history of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the University of the Philippines Pep Squad Varsity Team will not be participating in this year’s competition.

Hailed as one of the most sought-after teams in the contest, the 6-time UAAP Cheerdance Champion is not in the roster of participants for the first time in the 22 years of the contest following their unheeded protests om the results of last year’s competition.
“Regretfully, we will not be part of this season’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition,” the team confirmed on its Facebook Page.
Last year, UP filed a protest following the results of last year’s competition, where the National University (NU) was hailed as the champion while the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe (UST) placed second. UP placed third in the competition.
The protest highlighted some stunts done by NU that were deemed violations of the competition rules. UP also claimed it had done “more difficult stunts” than 2nd place UST.
A week after the competition, UAAP considered the results of last year’s competition as “valid”
 “Reared in the institution we represent, we abide by the 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,” they said.
At present, the team has been training as the Philippines’ representative for the Asian Cheerleading and Dancesport Competition to be held sometime in 2016. ###

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