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UP Pep Squad shines in CAIOC 2013

Members of the triumphant UP Varsity Pep Squad (left to right)
Louie, Kiko, Nesza, Kaeos, Marielle, Lara, Nil and Christian with
their trophies and certificate for bagging the second and third places
in the partner stunts and mixed group stunts categories in 7th CAIOC.

(May 22) — Members of the UP Varsity Pep Squad, as part of Team Pilipinas, bagged the second and third places in the partner stunts and the group stunts mixed categories, respectively, at the 7th Cheerleading Asia International Open Championships (CAIOC) in Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan from May 18 to 19.

UP Pep Squad’s Marielle Barraza and Louie Castro, with Carlos Soriano as spotter, won the silver medal for the Philippines, following top placer Rangsit University (RSU) of Thailand. Third place went to the Buffalos, one of the four participating teams from Japan. Eight teams representing five countries namely Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines and Thailand participated in the partner stunts category.

In the group stunts mixed category, Team Pilipinas composed of UP Varsity Pep Squad members Kiko Cortez, Nil Patrick Costales, Christian Gorgonia, Lara Limjap and Nesza Salvador, bagged the third place. RSU of Thailand and Rock Bear of Chinese Taipei captured the gold and silver medal awards, respectively. Teams from Indonesia, Japan and Kazakhstan also competed in this category. 

The CAIOC is a premier cheerleading competition sanctioned by the International Federation of Cheerleading (IFC) and the Asian Federation of Cheerleading (AFC). Organized by the Japan Cheerleading Association in 2007, the competition features some of the best cheerleading athletes in the world.

CAIOC 2013 saw the participation of nine countries, namely: Chinese Taipei, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The Philippines’ participation was thru the aegis of Gymnastics Association of the Philippines-Cheerleading Philippines (GAP-CP) under President Evan Alvia. Established in 1993, the GAP-CPF is the national governing arm for cheerleading and cheer dance in the Philippines and is affiliated with IFC and the AFC.

The UP Pep Squad, together with the San Beda Alabang Junior Varsity Cheerleading Squad, were handpicked by GAP-CP to form part of the Team Pilipinas.

The UP Pep Squad also performed an exhibition of mixed cheer dance to promote interest among member countries to join in the category.

This is the second time that the UP Varsity Pep Squad has been selected to form part of the Team Pilipinas to compete in the CAIOC. In 2009, the UP Pep emerged top in the regulation division and placed third in the international mixed group category. – ACG

Photo credit: NJ Antonio