What originally started with an idea to organize a 1-day invitational cheerleading competition has transformed into one of the largest sports organizations in Asia.
The NCC started in 2006 with 10 teams and 2 divisions: High School and College. The one-day event was held at the Araneta Coliseum and featured American and Filipino judges. Although the venue was only half-filled, the enthusiasm and passion shown by the audience and the participating squads provided the organizers knew that there a bright future for the sport. Indeed, it was the start of something big for Philippine Cheerleading.
In 2007, the NCC grew to 22 teams, composed mostly of squads based in Metro Manila. Because of the number of squads, the NCC held the first-ever Open Qualifiers, which was staged at the Le Pavilion Tent in Pasay City. The Finals were held at the PSC-Ultra Arena.
By 2008, the NCC saw the participation of 29 teams, and featured squads from around the country, thus making NCC the first and only true National Cheerleading Organization in the Philippines.
2009 saw the NCC hold its first-ever Regional Qualifiers in three provincial cities-Baguio, Laguna, and Cebu. Season 4 attracted more than 62 schools around the country. The Regionals, as it has come to known, provided more teams with more opportunities to compete with the same high standards as teams from around the world.
By the 2010 Nationals, 85 squads saw competition, in 6 Regional Qualifiers. The NCC also expanded its divisions to 6. Both FINALS days were sold out at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.
The 2011 Season saw squad participation grow to 125, as more squads joined the camps and competitions. Divisions were further expanded to 8. The first-even National Dance Championship (NDC) was also launched, attracting an historic 23 teams in its first outing!
For Season 7, the NCC expects an even bigger number of teams participating. Cheer and Dance divisions have increased to 15, and more camps are planned around the country.
The NCC has also organized and facilitated the NCAA cheerleading competition since 2009.
The NCC is also looking to expand its presence every year, as its instructors and judges participate in various cheerleading events around the country.
Leap Higher! Dance Harder! Cheer Louder!
The NCC Regional Qualifiers is the country’s first, true regional qualifying leg. As of today, the NCC conducts Qualifiers in North Luzon, Central Luzon, and South Luzon, and North and South Mindanao.
The NCC Regional Qualifiers began in 2009, and has continued to gain popularity. In 2011, the nation’s first champion from outside Metro Manila was crowned when University of the Cordilleras beat 20 squads in the National Finals.
The NCC hopes to expand the Regional Qualifying competitions to include more cities and schools in the coming years.
To date, the NCC has held Regional Qualifying Competitions in Baguio, Pampanga, Laguna, Cebu, and Cagayan De Oro, and General Santos.
For 2011-2012, the NCC will be looking to add Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao.