“Since I entered Adamson, since 2007 hanggang 2012 we were winless e,” shared Adamson Pep Squad head coach Jam Lorenzo. “Na-experience ko maging talo buong college life.”
As a student, Lorenzo endured five losing seasons with Adamson during their UAAP Cheerdance Competition stints. To be specific, Adamson garnered finishes of fifth place in 2007 and 2008; sixth in 2009; last place in 2010; fifth again in 2011; and last place again in 2012.
“Masakit yun,” shared Lorenzo. “Pero that’s part of the game, you have to have sport.”
Instead of using the pain of past losses bring him down, Lorenzo used it to fuel the fire inside of him.
“‘Yun ‘yung naging motivation ko actually,” the Mass Communications graduate said. “Na-experience ko maging talo buong college life ko so given the opportunity na mag-apply for school, ‘yun ‘yung naging motivation ko and inspiration ko. ‘Yung frustration po para ibawi ‘yung mga panahon nakaramdam ako ng talo.”
However, his time didn’t come right away as he served as an assistant for his first few years after graduating. “It took me two years bago pa ako nag-apply sa Adamson. Nabigyan ako ng chance, pinagka-tiwalaan ako ng admin.”
And it turned out, the faith given to him didn’t go to waste. In his first year as AdU Pep’s head coach, Lorenzo towed the school to its first ever podium finish in 15 years as they captured the Bronze medal in 2016. The win, even though as historic as it was, didn’t satisfy Lorenzo. Instead, it made him strive for more.
“May napa-tunayan ka na last year why not work hard for it, work hard for more,” he shared on his mindset after placing last season.
In the 2017 edition of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, his hard work payed off. For the first time ever, Adamson was hailed Cheerdance Competition Champions. Besides that, the AdU Pep Squad was also handed a number of special awards along with a Silver Medal in the group stunts competition.
Achievements that have left him overflowing with emotion as the confetti fell over the Mall of Asia Arena. “Speechless talaga. Lumuhod talaga ako dun sa side ng Adamson crowd, sabi ko ‘Lord nanaginip ba ako? Gisingin mo ako.’ Tapos umiiyak talaga ako, humahagulgol ako.”
“Binigyan kami ng much more,” he wistfully said. “‘Di ko alam kung na-nanaginip ako e kasi sanay ako laging UP, UST, NU. It was surreal, sobrang magical ng feeling.”
It’s a feeling that the whole squad wants to feel again, says Lorenzo.
“Siyempre we’ll work hard for more, papatunayan namin na hindi tsamba ‘yung championship,” he says. “Papatunayan namin kung ano ‘yung talent meron ang mga Adamsonian.”