The College of International Hotel and Tourism Management (CIHTM) swayed their way on the dance floor to win all the coveted titles in the dancesport competition.
Couple 3, Holden Andrew Villapando and Aisuzette Blanza, was hailed champion in the Latin America Category, while Couple 6, Gaudencio Adriano III and Evangeline Rey, and Couple 7, Jon Maningas and Marjorie Rotaquio, seized first and second places in standard category, respectively.
Latin America Category
CBA, CED, and CIHTM were chosen top three finalists to compete in the final round.
Couple 2, Marc Zedric Subol and Ella Marie Tapan of CBA, danced with masterful and skillful movements paired with jaw-dropping stunts.
Pair 5, Chris Edrian Salayo and Katrina Mae Acosta of CEd, danced and glided across the court with ease.
Meanwhile, the tandem of Holden Andrew Villapando and Aisuzette Blanza, Couple 3 from CIHTM, tangoed with first-rate teamwork, on-time movements and pauses, and a vibe that showed “they were just enjoying the dance.”
The pair of Villapando and Blanza claimed championship while the Subol-Tapan tandem landed second place, putting Salayo-Acosta in third.
“I did not expect that we would win. I felt there were others who gave a better performance than we did. We just danced out of sheer enjoyment and love for the art form,” Blanza shared in a post-competition interview.
Interestingly, the dancing couples confessed that they are close friends, their secret key to success.
CIHTM’s Couple 6, Gaudencio Adriano III and Evangeline Rey, seized the standard category’s championship with the pair’s smooth and lightning sharp glides on the floor, coming off as dreamy and soft with a touch of perfection, grace, and precision in their ‘locking’ movements and pivots.
Opposing competitors from the same department, Couple 7, Jon Maningas and Marjorie Rutaquio, showed off with more spite, aggression, and briskness impressing the crowd with energy and fire.