Which school one comes from doesn't matter: Once it's Cheerdance Competition Day, many a student and alumna/alumnus will do everything to support his/her school as they showcase their carefully-planned and rehearsed cheerdance routine to an audience of around 20,000 people. Oh, the crazy and passionate heights people go...
1. Obtaining them cheerdance competition tickets, by all means. Just so you know, there are times when it's actually harder to obtain tickets to the cheerdance competition than tickets to most UAAP basketball games (except the finals, of course).
There are those who would fall in line for hours outside their school's athletic office, troop to Araneta/MoA Arena real early on competition day if they weren't able to secure tickets earlier, and those who even succumb to scalpers!
2. Style game so strong! Wearing your school colors isn't enough when it's the CDC. Many level up their outfit with facepaint and props! Witty banners are also essential (UP's "UP Dito, Others, Doon," is one of the most remarkable in recent years. There was a time when the FEU crowd all came with colored fans and handkerchiefs. During these times, worries of looking ridiculous is out of the option: Standing out is the name of the game!
3. Even pets get airtime. Some diehard fans even bring their furry ones!
But the good thing is, the UAAP community is united when it comes to important issues. In 2014, all eight schools participated in passing around the large bahaghari banner from one person to another inside the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum. Indeed, #LoveWins.
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Banner photograph features the UP crowd at the 2011 Cheerdance Competition