By: Philip James P. Erpelo
NU-APC was ranked the 8th best contender in a prestigious dance competition called Crissa Campus Dance Synergy which was conducted last September 30, 2018 in Tanghalang Pasigueño, Pasig City. A total of 29 schools competed, but only 10 were qualified for the championship due to their excellent performances. Finalists came from the following schools:
University of the Philippines - UP Streetdance Club
University of the Philippines Manila - UPM Indayog Dance Varsity
Ateneo de Manila University - Company of Ateneo Dancers
University of Santo Tomas - PRIME
University of the East (UE) - Armada
University of Asia and the Pacific - SQUADRA: UA&P Dance Varsity
Polytechnic University of the Philippines- ACE PRIME Dancers
Asia Pacific College - APC Dance Company
De La Salle University - LSDC-Street
Far Eastern University Manila - FEU Dance Company
Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll) – Company of One
Honor is credited to the NU-APC Dance Company. It is composed of the following members: Katrina Urmatam, Aileen Lantong, Alexandra Fabros, Camille Ocampo, Chrystalyn Joy Marquez, Elise Santos, Gracielle Sitjar, and Ryeanne Alaon. Their success in the elimination round qualifies them for the final round which will take place on November 11, 2018 at the UP Theater.
Their coach, Pierce Jasper T. Juntilla, had been part of the competing team ever since he was a student. In view of his first competition as head coach, he said, “I feel blessed and proud of the team's accomplishment; I have witnessed their individual improvements and growth in the field of dancing, and no words can express how proud I am.”
NU-APC Dance Company President Katrina Urmatam explained that discipline, hard work, and teamwork were essential ingredients to their group’s success. Though they had less than two months to prepare just for a two-and-a-half-minute dance routine, this did not hinder them from giving their best. Starting out as acquaintances, the girls learned to care for each other and finally danced as one. “Many schools performed really well, so when we were declared as part of the top 10, we couldn’t believe it.” Moreover, she encourages her fellow students to stay humble and to strive to keep their feet on the ground.
Crissa Dance Synergy 13 and Ego Supreme Crew Wars 5 are dance competitions that aim to celebrate femininity and masculinity. Organized by the ACTS Dance and Arts Academy, these activities are designed to strengthen camaraderie and friendship among numerous dance groups in the Philippines.