There is something about describing how long and mind-blowing it is whenever we compete. We say these words every year, even more in some years like this past one. But no matter how often we say it, it never loses its accuracy. No matter how many times we post these kinds of messages, they just keep ringing true.
So let us say it again… 😉
When we failed to claim our fourth straight championship last September in the UAAP competition, there was just no sugar coating the loss. We tried hard, we failed harder, but looking at yourself after the loss will always be the hardest part.
As this competition comes annually, the pressure from being number 1 may change from defending a title to reclaiming it, but its all the same. The pressure stays. Even when you’ve dealt with all the training, the crowd, the nerves, and even after the loss, the expectations, and the bottom-less pit of online remarks, and even after that, when you wake up the very next day, you find yourself already dealing with next year’s pressure. The pressure is endless.
But it was a very local saying that gave comfort:
Pag may siniksik, may bubunutin. 😉
Throwback on this year’s Philippine National Games, the UP Pep squad finishes first.
When we look back at the events from last summer, yes it was great. But it was just as difficult.
Back then maybe one could simply complain. But on hindsight, it was an opportunity to
save up for our future.
And so we dealt with losing, by focusing on that particular win. This win came with a ticket to this year’s Cheerleading World Championship. So we worked hard and took this UAAP issue aside in the most efficient and demanding way we know how:
and thank God , we have been saved.
So to everyone else who came to save us, this is yet another THANK YOU:
the two other words that stays true and never loses its value no matter how often we use them.
To Cheerleading Philippines, for this opportunity to represent our country.
To our coaches, instructors, teachers and mentors.
To our adoptive Godfather, Profesor Defeo and to Prof. Silvestre for the roof above our heads.
(To the UP Theater and Kuya JR for the floors we train upon.)
To Sun Cellular, for continuously believing in this partnership.
To Sir Ariel, Dean Dizer, Sir Pico and all our sponsors who have helped us in pushing through this competition despite all the amounts we were lacking.
Again to Maam Grace, maam Eloi and all our teachers for their understanding and hard work and support.
and to our friends and families who just keep showing up no matter how many times we ask them to.
And lastly for the storms and the floods, and fires and all the troubles we have to face to lead our daily lives.
And for the spirit to withstand them.
Maraming Salamat po!