After three long years, the UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) is finally back! It was held yesterday, May 22 with all eight competing universities in attendance — but there were some tweaks to the usual UAAP CDC we know. Routines were cut from five minutes to only three, drummers were not allowed to be in the venue, and only fifteen members were allowed to perform. Such changes were for the safety of the fans and pep squads alike, according to the UAAP committee. Still, despite these changes, passionate fans eagerly tuned in to the UAAP CDC, and they’ve got a lot of commentary and memes to share with the internet.
The schools definitely got the expected rankings shuffled around. On the heels of a two-peat win, National University was a favorite for this year’s championship and everyone was expecting a comeback for the University of the Philippines or the University of Santo Tomas. But schools surprised one another with their performances.
you all think it’s over?
ADAMSON to UP, NU and FEU
— ✨ (@angqalat) May 22, 2022
As they say, it’s not over ‘til it’s over.
The alleged reactions
— paul anthony (@encinarespaul) May 22, 2022
Masyado niyo namang ginalingan!
— Mica (@SpongyMica) May 22, 2022
Nakisali din ang isa pa!
— nadao lustre (@bkppond) May 22, 2022
We did it, fam.
— َ (@spoiliarium) May 22, 2022
Is this the new era of a new triumvirate in the UAAP CDC?
— lem (@ratikyle) May 22, 2022
This netizen has a request for UP Pep Squad: a near-impossible Tiktok routine featuring songs from Korean girl group Twice.
Still a champion
— Markneel (@kneelsanity) May 22, 2022
It’s okay, UP. You still bagged the men’s basketball championship.
— eca (@LlFECAFE) May 22, 2022
To this iconic UP performance in 2015.
— naňa (@say_nanya) May 22, 2022
Simps for Doc Tricia bringing this back. She isn’t even from NU, but her energy for this vibe check is off the charts.
Congrats, La Salle
De La Salle University placed last in the 2018 and 2019 competitions. They broke that streak and rose to 7th place this year, leaving Ateneo de Manila University in 8th.
DLSU not placing 8th this year#UAAPCDC2022
— Bricky (@SirBricky) May 22, 2022
Nakaahon rin sa wakas?!
congrats la salle hindi kayo last place this year!!!!! #UAAPCDC2022
— #FiveMoreYearsAlinaBicar (@stanccnt) May 22, 2022
Congratulations are deserved.
— zion | UAAP ERA (@ladyeaglefan) May 22, 2022
Cheers to all teams
After three years without the CDC, viewers are just thankful for its return and for the athletes performing these dangerous stunts — and maybe also praying for better rules, coverage, and prizes in future competitions.
The routines have been shortened, the drummers weren’t allowed to play, the coverage is crappy, and the grand prize money is so low I genuinely feel bad for the athletes who worked their asses off to be treated this badly #UAAPCDC2022
— celina (trying to be reasonable) (@maybeitsceline) May 22, 2022