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NU Pep’s Ghicka Bernabe on lucky pick: ‘Eight is better than one’

Reigning UAAP champions National University Pep Squad will be the last to perform when the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition takes place on November 17 at the MOA Arena.

And no one was happier with the lottery results than NU head coach Ghicka Bernabe.

“Eight is better than one pagdating sa performance.

“Somehow nung na-experience namin as first performers before, kahit gaano kami kahanda, I can’t control the emotions of my kids, I can’t control yung scenario,” said Bernabe, recalling her team’s Season 80 woes.

Before reclaiming the title in Season 81, Bernabe and her wards had to endure a heart-wrenching loss in 2017. With four consecutive titles under their belt, the NU Pep Squad came in as the favorites to win it all in Season 80.

However, there was one problem: The NU Pep squad was picked to perform first. There has been no school that performed first in the contest that claimed top honors.

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Looking to break the jinx, NU’s “Under the Sea” themed routine was plagued by multiple errors. The Jhocson-based dancers had a dismal stint, finishing in fifth spot with their five-peat hopes smashed into dust.

“First time namin nag-number one nun eh. Sabi nga nila, may sumpa daw yung first performer pero to be honest, prepared kami nun,” recalled Bernabe.

“It was one of the hardest routines na ginawa namin. Pinag-isipan even the costumes and everything. Actually it’s one of my favorite concepts, pero siguro that moment, ‘di rin siguro talaga para sa amin.”

Now that NU have been given the chance to perform last, Bernabe feels that her squad will be more relaxed come game time. Moreover, she vows to give the audience an even better routine than last year’s.

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“Siguro that moment is ‘di rin talaga para samin, kasi somehow naapektuhan siya ng nerbyos. Iba eh, iba ‘pag first performer ka sa last performer ka. Feeling ko mas relax[ed] kami ngayon kasi nasa latter part kami than first two,” she said.

“Itong dadating na 2019 competition, kung ano yung paghahanda namin last year siguro hindi lang siya times two eh. Siguro times ten yung pinaghandaan namin.”

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