A two-year-old toddler in the Philippines performing cheerleading moves becomes a local internet sensation.
ROSARIO BATANGAS PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES (RENIER GARCIA) – Two-year-old Zianne Angierein or “Zeexhie” (pronounced zee-shee) Garcia has become an internet sensation in the Philippines.
She can hold her balance for several seconds on her father’s hand, lift her legs in the air, and do a “Superman” pose, with both of her arms stretched out.
On Facebook, a single post of her performing a cheerleading routine received more than 29,000 views and 433 shares.
Zeexhie’s parents Renier Garcia and Angel Guerrero said they started teaching her how to balance before she turned a year old, and said they were surprised at how easily she followed instructions. She even nods and smiles like the cheerleaders she watches in videos.
“I think it boosts her self confidence and since she sees us performing in videos, maybe that’s also what she wants to do,” Zeexhie’s mother, Angel Guerrero, said.
Garcia and Guerrero were cheerleaders when they were in university and high school. Zeexhie would watch videos of her parents’ and other people’s cheer routines, and imitate them.
Zeexhie’s acrobatic stunts have earned her fame, thanks to the internet. She has been featured on national television, and was invited by local politicians to perform at events.
Garcia and Guerrero stress that cheerleading requires proper knowledge and training and that they don’t force Zeexhie to do difficult stunts.
“The way we train her is (to make it seem) like playing. She listens, she’s amused, and she really enjoys it. Because if she didn’t (enjoy it), we wouldn’t do it, and she wouldn’t be able to perform those stunts,” Garcia said.
Pre-school teacher and child development expert Lulu Quijano from the University of the Philippines said while teaching young children cheerleading moves has benefits in developing their social, emotional and physical skills, publicising their feats must be done with precaution.
“Actually, parents should be very cautious of sharing videos of their children. Most of the parents would say that they are very proud of their children, but then again, they have to think of the long-term effects of it, when their children grow up because maybe the children won’t be able to, really, expect them to be like that when they grow up,” Quijano said.
Zeexhie’s parents have not decided whether their daughter has a cheerleading future and have insisted on ensuring she gets a good education first.