General Santos City bet Holy Trinity College proved itself to be a cut above the rest while Holy Cross of Davao College and Sta. Ana High National School were just as stunning as the three schools bagged titles in the WNCAA/MNCAA-SMART Mindanao Cheerleading Competition on Sunday at the jampacked Abreeza Mall.
The visiting HTC Wildcats Pep Squad was unopposed in the collegiate cheerleading category of this competition highlighting the birth of the newest school-based sports association in Mindanao. Harry Mangohig’s squad electrified the mammoth crowd with stunning routines capped by a bevy of tosses and lifts.
The Wildcats served just about everything on the cheerleading menu giving everyone a glimpse of what could be next year’s edition which by then will be purely cheerleading according to WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao director Arlene De Vera.
“They (HTC) were simply amazing,” said Delbert James Balista, Regional Trade and Marketing Officer of SMART Telecommunications, the event’s co-presentor.
HTC Receved P7,000 and a plaque for their victory plus the chance to compete in the WNCAA Finals on February in Manila.
The blue battalion of HCDC Crusaders topped the collegiate cheerdance category besting campus neighbor San Pedro College Angels and Davao Doctors College Red Lions which placed second and third, respectively. Rounding up the collegiate level are USEP-Mintal (4th), MATS (5th), USEP-Obrero (6th) and AMA Computer College (7th).
In the high school division, multi-titled Sta. Ana National high School bucked a two-point deduction for exceeding the time limit but still won by the skin of their teeth against GenSan’s HTC Junior Wildcats. Brokenshire College wound up third while UIC finished fourth.
Winners in the cheerdance category received P10,000, P7,000 and P5,000 and a plaque for the top three placers.
Earlier, the WNCAA/MNCAA was formally installed as a new chapter of the 42-year old association with De Vera officially receiving the association’s banner witnessed by guest of honor Atty. Ma. Fe Alano, executive assistant of PSC Commissioner Akiko Gillian Thomson-Guevarra who begged off at the last minute to attend to her ailing mother, and Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, who represented Mayor Sara Duterte.
The event, organized by Bravetower Events Promotions, is supported by Abreeza Mall, City Government of Davao and the Philippine Sports Commission with event partners Enervon Multivitamins and I-on Energy Drink as official energy providers, and media partners Mindanao Travel Channel, Mindanao Daily Mirror, Gold Star Daily, Mindanao Times, Mindanao Tribune, and 102.7 FM One Radio. The Party Animal provided the musical scoring of the competitions.(pr)