Photos taken by Jiru Nikko Rada
The UAAP Cheer Dance Competition 2011 attracted 21,000 supporters and cheerers, most of whom endured either the extremely priced tickets (a Facebook post claims that general admission prices reached a P500 selling price on September 17) or the 10-hour queues in Araneta (whether this was before or at the 17th itself).
Some would say that the CDC is the next big thing after UAAP basketball, the others would claim that it is already the largest event in the UAAP athletic competitions.
Jiru Rada shows us why.
INDIAN GODDESS. Ateneo de Manila University, which landed seventh place in the competition, executes a dance inspired by Indian culture.
WAITING FOR HIS CUE. Sports anchor Boom Gonzales is no stranger in the UAAP's cheer dance competitions.
TAMARRAW HEADLIGHT. 2009 CDC champion Far Eastern University landed third, deafeated by the De La Salle University.
STRIKE AND POSE. Madonna-inspired UP Pep Squad exhibited a clean and mean presentation.
GRAND MATADORS. The National University which many were expecting to enter in the top three landed sixth overall.
FEU SHOUTS UP CHEER. One more championship and the UP Pep Squad shall be numerically at par with the UST Salinggawi's eight wins.
BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL. The 21,000 cheerers inside the Araneta was only a couple of thousands fewer compared with the 2008 record of largest audience in the cheer dance.
AN AIT-DOMINATED EVENT. Can you spot how many AIT students compose the UP Pep Squad?
PARA SA BAYAN. A member of the pep squad offers this win (but not the prize) to UP and to her country.