by Christine Mae Juan
Completing the group with five representatives was hard for Kenneth Taguinod, the group leader od the Hip Hop category.
“Kaming dalawa lang ni Arraine. Kahit sa Jazz kami sumali wala pa rin kaming members, dalawa lang kami,” Kenneth said.
After having the complete set of five, the group find it hard to have time for rehearsals due to schedule conflicts. They only practiced for two hours a day within two weeks.
As the group leader, Kenneth decided to color their hair with Yellow flames to be unique during the competition. They also had a hard time convincing the mother of Coleen, one of the members, to join them in the competition.
“Three years s'ang nahinto sa pagsasayaw kasi ayaw ng nanay nya. Iniyakan pa nga n'ya nanay n'ya para lang payagan s'yang sumali at magpakulay,” said Arraine Shantal Cruz.
“Ayaw din pumayag ni dean. Kailangan after ng contest magpaitim na ulit kami ng buhok kaso 'yong iba may sugat pa sa ulo kasi nasunog kaya hindi pa pwedeng kulayan ulit,” Arraine added.
Despite of these problems, Flames did not let the fire down. Because of the support of their college together with their coach Rowell Castro and with their dedication to win, they put up the fire on the dance floor and won.
“Mixed emotions. Shocked. Happiness. Masayang Masaya! Hindi nga kami makapaniwala no'ng una. Naiyak pa nga coach namin kasi ngayon lang nanalo college namin sa Hip Hop, laging sa Jazz. Masaya na kaming umabot sa top 3, pero mas masaya kasi kami 'yong champion. Hindi namin in-e-expect,” Arraine said.
Aside from Kenneth Taguinod, Arraine Shantal Cruz, Mark Anthony Narciso, Carlo dela Pena, and Coleen Alexis Tolentino who won the Hip Hop category, CoEd students Mary Joy Macapagal and John Christopher dela Cruz won the Latin category, and Mark Anthony de Guzman together with Elirah Ching won the Standard category.
Hip-Hop- CoEd, BulSU Sarmiento, COE
Latin- CoEd, COPERS, CHE Standard- CoEd, Bustos