Southern Luzon cheer dance qualifier rolls off on Oct. 6

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CHEERLEADERS from Southern Luzon will be given a chance to showcase their wares when they compete in the qualifying event of the National Cheerleading Championship to be held on Oct. 6 at Robinsons Mall in Las Piñas.

The 14th season of this event is expected to draw the top competing teams in the Southern Tagalog area where the qualifiers will make it to the national level of the cheer, dance and drum line competition, which will be held in March 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Over 300 competitors from different parts of the country will vie for supremacy, in hope of representing the country to compete in the Asia and Oceania meet as well as the World Championships to be held in Orlando, Florida next year.

Last April, the Team Pilipinas delegation was composed of athletes selected from the different high schools and universities that competed at the Nationals. Assumption College and Poveda Juniors competed for cheer hip-hop and the Junior Championships respectively, while the All-Girl and Co-Ed Elite Teams were drawn from students from NU, Ateneo, UST, De La Salle, FEU, Holy Spirit, Miriam, St Paul Pasig, and other schools.

ESPN 5 will be the official partner of the NCC and the Nationals will be shown live on free TV.

Season 14 will carry the theme ‘We Are Fearless,’ a quality which epitomizes each and every cheerleader who shakes off the fear, takes risks, and exceed limits.

Chot Reyes, president of TV5, said the network remains committed in supporting Filipino athletes.

“Our network remains steadfast in its role of supporting every Filipino athlete as they represent our country on the world stage; in line with this is our active pursuit to expand awareness for our breadth of local talent, and the different sports in which they excel. It was only natural for us to continue our partnership with the NCC as they pursue their vision of advancing cheerleading as a sport in the country,” he added. — Rey Joble