Perpetual Help aims to reclaim NCAA cheerleading crown

The Perpetual Help Perpsquad gears up as it aims to win its 10th NCAA cheerleading title on Sunday. PHOTO BY DENNIS ABRINA

LAS PIÑAS CITY: University of Perpetual Help System Dalta has won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cheerleading competition nine times since it was first staged in the 2004-05 season.

But in the last three stagings of the event, it was Arellano University who claimed the cheerleading championship. And in each of the last three seasons, the Altas Perpsquad fell short and went home with runner-up honors.

On Sunday, April 30, at the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Vito Cruz, Manila, the Perpetual Help cheerleaders will try to reclaim their throne and gun for their 10th title overall.

Perpetual Help coach Ruf Rosario said 13 out of the 21 members of the Perpsquad are rookies. Nonetheless, Rosario said his team is ready and prepared to rule the event this year.

“We have been preparing our rookies after the pandemic. We really trained hard for this,” said Rosario.

“We are also lucky to have coach Winmar Agdon from the CCP Bobcats. He is my assistant coach when it comes to gymnastics and tosses. There is color now, our tosses are coming to life. That's where we really struggled for years.”

Also contributing to the team's much-anticipated routine are assistant coaches Mhel Tayo and Nelson de Ocampo Jr.

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