After a week of showcasing remarkable skills in writing and communication, the annual celebration of Buwan ng Wika has come to an end but the memories it gave us during the celebration will stay with us for a very long time.
With the promise of great music, students flocked in the Medicine Auditorium last August 24 to witness Himigsikan: Himig, Musika at Kasaysayan, the AB Spotlight 2011 hosted by Rodel Sazon and Keisha Ferraris.
The contestants were required to choose either Original Pilipino Music (OPM) or their own composition for their performance.
Contestants were divided into three categories; individual, duet, and band.
The individual category was composed of Cessna Grace Gallardo, Danica Angela Salasan, Darla Camille Bacani, Jahazielle Dela Cruz, Grazelle Villena, and Carol Diann Prudente. The duet on the other hand had Danica Madrid Reynes and Paul Michael Sanchez, Katherine Ruth Valencia and Mikhail Angelo Evaristo, Kylemil Batara and Unice Robles, Anna Dela Cruz and Justin Mata, Sarah Jane Casasola and Gerard Lampa, and Charisse Ann Mendoza and Patrick Uy. Finally the band category included Marry Anne, Timbre, Salad Fingers and Banda ni Grasya.
Danica Angela, Salasan Kylemil Batara with Unice Robles championed the individual and duet category respectively. Marry Anne emerged victorious in the band category after beating three other contestants.
The Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) holds the songfest and other competitions every year during Buwan ng Wika to uphold and bring pride to our native land by promoting the use of Filipino language in our endeavors.
Special performances from Yeng Constantino , Ernville, Banda ni Teddy, Peryodiko, Paraluman, and Calla Lily hyped up not only the audience, but the staff and the contestants as well. Bringing the house energy to its peak, the guests performed several popular songs including Yeng’s “Jeepney Love Story”, Paraluman’s “Tabi”, and Calla Lily’s “Stars”. These artists are generally known to be some of the most influential OPM singer and bands in the country, with albums selling over 500,000 copies a month. Truly they are an inspiration for the young generation who want to pursue a career in the OPM industry.
By Patrishia Anne Yap and Charriz Dominique Babao