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UAAP Cheerdance Competition
Sport Cheerleading
Founded 1994
No. of teams 8
Country(ies)  Philippines
Most recent champion(s) FEU Cheering Squad
TV partner(s) Studio 23
The annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) is held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines

The UAAP Cheerdance Competition is an annual one-day event of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines for cheerleading. However, it does not count in the tabulation to determine the UAAP Overall Championship.

Studio 23 received the right to televise the UAAP Men's Basketball. Along with it came the coverage rights of the annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition. The hosts of the event usually start with an audience roll call. After each participating university's name is called, the audience from that school chants their most popular cheer along with their official drummers. However, the dancers of their respective pep squads are not yet shown to the audience and televiewers until their performance. The sequence of the roll call are random and solely the discretion of the hosts or producers. The sequence of the performance are determined by drawing of lots prior the competition.[citation needed]

Since 2006, side-court reporters of each participating universities join the main host of the event. Before the announcement of winners and after all squads have performed, a recap is shown during the telecast. Only the champion and first and second runners-up are announced at the end of the competition. Except in 2008, the host(s) reveal the average scores before announcing the winners.

University of Santo Tomas has the most championships (8) followed by University of the Philippines (5). Far Eastern University is the current defending champion.[1] From 2003 to 2008, only University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Far Eastern University have landed on the top 3 spots. The University of Santo Tomas did not make it in the top 3 for the first time in 2009.

The 2008 Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition was the most attended UAAP event with a record-breaking 23,443 paying audience.



School Cheerdance Team
Adamson's school colors Adamson University (AdU) Adamson Pep Squad
Ateneo's school colors Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion
La Salle's school colors De La Salle University (DLSU) DLSU Animo Squad
(DLSU Pep Squad: 1994-2007)
FEU's school colors Far Eastern University (FEU) FEU Cheering Squad
NU's school colors National University (NU) NU Pep Squad
UE's school colors University of the East (UE) UE Pep Squad
UP's school colors University of the Philippines (UP) UP Pep Squad
(Filipiniana Dance Troupe: 1994-1996)
UST's school colors University of Santo Tomas (UST) UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe
(with the UST Yellow Jackets)


The competition rules has been revised through the years since it began. The following is based on the most recent rules drafted in 2008.[2]


Basic Rules

  1. One official team per UAAP-member university
  2. 15-25 UAAP-eligible students
  3. Max of 5 spotters/propsmen, in all-black garb
  4. Up to 2 substitutes 12 hours before the competition
  5. No interaction between members of the panel judges and participants, coaches and spectators
  6. No abusive and profane language
  7. No inappropriate and disrespectful action


  1. Routines must have:
    • School cheer yelled live
    • Dance techniques, variety of formations, synchronization with music and cheers
  2. To count, 50% of the squad must perform:
    • Min 3 jumps/leaps
    • Min 3 lifts/stunts
    • Toss
    • Gymnastics/tumbling
    • Min 3 pyramids (Max 2.5 high)
  3. Maximum of 7 snares and 12 bass drums
  4. Routine should be between 4–5 minutes long
  5. Cheerleaders may not perform outside the boundary line of 15x20 meters performance area


In 2009, UAAP replaced the panel of judges with representatives from various cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics organizations. Prior 2009, the panel of judges compose of representative from 8 UAAP-member schools and a representative from a credible gymnastics organizations. The following are the judges for 2009:[3]

  • Dr. Sylvia M. Chua, President/Founder of Cheerleading Association of the Philippines
  • Douglas Nierras, Artistic Director of Powerdance
  • Evan Alva, President of Pilipinas Cheerleading Federation
  • Joy Garcia Valenton, (National Judge) Gymnastics Association of the Philippines
  • Ai Hesagawa, (International Judge) Federation of Japan Cheerleading Association


  1. Point-system (introduced in 2008)
    • 5 points each: Dance Technique, Jumps, Tumbling, Tosses
    • 10 points each: Lifts/Stunts, Pyramids, Degree of Difficulty, Formations, Choreography, Synchronization, Audibility/Clarity, Overall Effectiveness
    • 1 point deduction for every minor error; up to 5 points deduction for every major error
  2. Average of scores less deduction
  3. Tie-break is by counting the highest number of first place marks from the majority of the judges


Major Sponsor Competition Name Year(s)
Jollibee Jollibee Chi-Cheer Kayo Challenge 1994-1996
Nestlé Ice Cream Nestlé Crunch Ice Cream Cheering Competition[4] 1998-1999
Nestlé Non-Stop Cheerdance Competition 2000-2005
Samsung Samsung UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2007-2009

Top Three

Year Champion 2nd 3rd
1994 UST colors.svg
La Salle colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
1995 UST colors.svg
UST [4][5]
La Salle colors.svg
UP colors.svg
1996 UST colors.svg
UP colors.svg
La Salle colors.svg
The competition was suspended for a year.[a]
1998[b] FEU colors.svg
La Salle colors.svg
UP colors.svg
1999 UP colors.svg
UST colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2000 UP colors.svg
UST colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2001 UP colors.svg
Adamson colors.svg
UST colors.svg
2002 UST colors.svg
San Beda colors.svg
UP colors.svg
2003 UST colors.svg
UP colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2004 UST colors.svg
UP colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2005 UST colors.svg
UP colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2006[c] UST colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
UP colors.svg
2007 UP colors.svg
UST colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2008 UP colors.svg
UST colors.svg
FEU colors.svg
2009 FEU colors.svg
Ateneo colors.svg
UP colors.svg


  • Note a: - The UAAP Board suspended the competition when a member from the UP Filipiniana figured in an accident during practice.
  • Note b: - In 1998, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe did not join the competition.
  • Note c: - De La Salle University was suspended in 2006 and was not allowed to join the competition.[16]
School Last Championship Top 1 Top 2 Top 3 Total
UST colors.svg University of Santo Tomas 2006 8 4 1 13
UP colors.svg University of the Philippines 2008 5 4 5 14
FEU colors.svg Far Eastern University 2009 2 1 8 11
La Salle colors.svg De La Salle University - - 3 1 4
Ateneo colors.svg Ateneo de Manila University - - 1 - 1
Adamson colors.svg Adamson University - - 1 - 1
San Beda colors.svg University of the East - - 1 - 1
NU colors.svg National University - - - - -

Top 10 Recorded Scores

School Year Score
UST colors.svg University of Santo Tomas 2006 94.96
UST colors.svg University of Santo Tomas 2004 93.61
UP colors.svg University of the Philippines 2008 93.30
FEU colors.svg Far Eastern University 2006 93.20
UP colors.svg University of the Philippines 2007 92.66
UST colors.svg University of Santo Tomas 2007 92.16
UP colors.svg University of the Philippines 2006 91.70
FEU colors.svg Far Eastern University 2007 91.66
UST colors.svg University of Santo Tomas 2005 90.98
UP colors.svg University of the Philippines 2005 90.76

UP - UST rivalry

University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas

Being the top two teams to win the most number of championship titles in the competition, the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas were caught in a rivalry through their official cheerdance teams: the UP Pep Squad and the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.

Head-to-head status

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe has the most number of wins, with eight (8) championships followed by the UP Pep Squad with five (5). UST holds the most consecutive victories at five (5), which they achieved from 2002 to 2006. The highest score recorded in the competition was 94.96 by UST in 2006, followed by 93.61 also by UST in 2004. UP's highest score was 93.30 in 2008, when a new point-system was introduced. The largest point differential between the two teams is 8.03 by UP in 2008, followed by 4.90 also by UP in 2001. UST's largest lead over UP was 3.38 in 2002, when UP finished 3rd.

Both UP and UST broke their rival's streak after landing on the third spot. In 1999, UP won the title after being placed in third in 1998. UST was able to regain the title in 2002 after being a third placer in 2001. UP again took the championship title in 2007 after finishing third in 2006.

Chronology of events

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe won the first three years of competition from 1994 to 1996[4]. They did not compete in the 1998 season and instead joined the 1st Lipton Cheering Cup Competition. The rivalry between the two squads began in 1999 when UST returned to reclaim the title after their year of absence. However, they only finished second behind UP Pep Squad. In 2001, UP Pep Squad matched the record of UST's three consecutive wins. In 2002, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe regained the title while UP Pep Squad finished third. The next three years had UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe in first place and UP Pep Squad as runner-up. In 2006, UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe received their eighth title via five consecutive victories with the highest recorded score in the history of the competition; UP Pep Squad finished third. UP Pep Squad regained the title in 2007[13] and defended it in 2008.

Popular cheers

UP's popular cheer is "Unibersidad ng Pilipinas" while UST's is "Go USTe!". Usually held in Araneta Coliseum, the UP crowd clap hands over their head while chanting their cheer, while the UST crowd waves either their yellow hotdog balloons or their raised right pointing finger in circular clockwise motion while cheering.


  1. ^ FEU wins UAAP cheerdance crown
  2. ^ "UAAP 2008 Cheerdance Rules and Criteria", Youtube. Retrieved 7 December 2008
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d e f "UST SALINGGAWI DANCE TROUPE CHOREOGRAPHERS", Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g UST Wins Third Straight Cheering Title at the Start of Season 59., Retrieved 5 April 2008
  6. ^ "2007 Interview with FEU Cheering Squad prior the 2007 competition"
  7. ^ a b c "2007 Interview with UP Pep Squad prior the 2007 competition".
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Alder T. Almo (2002-10-10), "Back in the groove", The Varsitarian. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jasmine W. Payo (2008-09-08), "UP back-to-back cheer-dance champion", Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 08 September 2008.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Adrian Carlo Velasco (2005-09-24), "Musing on the cheerdance hype", Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  11. ^ a b c Llanesca T. Panti (2005-10-15), "‘Gawi notches fourth straight title", The Varsitarian. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Ma. Jesamine D.G. Palarca (2006), "Salinggawi reigns high for five", The Varsitarian. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g GMA News (2007-09-17), "UP pep squad is 2007 UAAP cheer dance champion", GMANews.TV. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  14. ^ a b c d e f M.R.A. Barrios and H.J.D. Brobo (2008-11-20), "‘Gawi, bridesmaids anew", The Varsitarian. Retrieved 09 December 2008.
  15. ^ a b c d e f
  16. ^ Adrian Carlo Velasco (2006-07-08), "SCHOOL WARS: Let the games begin", Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 17 September 2007.

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