Last year was the first time I watched the Cheerdance Competition live. What was even more special was that as a courtside reporter, I got to don a blonde wig, introduce the squad and, best of all, sit down with them at the center of the court right before Boom named the UP Pep Squad champions. I had always been in awe of their athleticism, difficult routines and, most of all, at the way they managed to be so enthusiastic at all times.
This week, I was fortunate enough to have gotten the chance to sit down with one of the team captains to talk about what it's like to be part of what has been dubbed the 'Pep Squad ng Bayan'.
Irish Planes, a fifth-year Speech Communication major, is one of the three captains, along with Trixie Segundo and Kiko Cortez, entrusted by the coaches to lead the champion squad. It's a job Irish admits to be both fulfilling and challenging. "The best part is that I get to inspire and influence an awesome group of people, but the challenging part is that becauseRead More »from On being a captain of the UP Pep Squad