MANILA, Philippines – The UAAP Board will consider applications from eight schools to allow drummers to participate in Sunday’s UAAP cheerdance competition at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Following the initial non-inclusion of drummers to take part in the much-anticipated return of cheerdance in this epidemic era, eight school drummers have issued a statement requesting officials to allow their respective cheers to be beaten.
“We believe it would be nice to have a place for us during the iconic UAAP Cheer Dance competition. We kindly request that UAAP consider this request and allow us to bring our drums and be part of the prestigious CDC. The drums bring life and excitement to the crowd and encourage every UAAP fan to proudly rejoice for their school, ”the statement said.
“This CDC will not only bring together UAAP schools, but also rekindle the lost memories that could have been created in the absence of the CDC for two years.”
UAAP Season 84 President Nong Kalang said during a press conference at the event on Thursday that the board would hold a meeting on the drummers’ application.
“There was an appeal but we will discuss it with the board and decide that we will go back and look at that decision and see if it is worth looking back on,” Calang said.
The board will announce their decision on Friday or Saturday.
The season president, however, insisted they had decided not to allow drummers due to health and safety concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
“The primary consideration is the safety of everyone. As part of that consideration, compared to a basketball game where only two schools are playing and two squads are cheering, eight schools are cheering at the same time, ”he explained. “Based on our observations, there are really some spectators who sometimes do not follow the rules and take off their masks. Something really has to do with health when we make decisions. “
In addition to the possible absence of drummers, there will be a unique set-up of the cheerdance competition as each team will have only 15 members out of 25 last season, while performances will be limited to just six minutes to three minutes.