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Mga pelikulang mapagpalaya: ang 20 pelikula ng Cinemalaya

Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

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Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

Hango sa temang “Wings of Vision,” hatid ng ika-14 na taon ng Cinemalaya ang 10 full-length na pelikula at 10 maiikling pelikula na magiging kabilang sa paligsahan ngayong taon. Iisa man ang temang tinahak, malugod nitong ipriniprisinta ang mga palabas na iba-iba ang dyanra at paksang tinatalakay.

Bilang na lang ang araw upang mapanood ang mga pelikulang kabilang dito. Huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon!

Narito ang listahan ng maari niyong mapanood hanggang sa Linggo.

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1. Distance ni Percival Intalan

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sa kalabisan ng pighati’t lumbay, susubukan ni Liza (Iza Calzado) na bumalik sa pamilyang kaniyang inabandona nang limang taon. Paano nga ba nito muling makukuha ang loob ng kaniyang asawa’t dalawang anak? Sa kabila ng distansyang namumutawi sa loob ng silid, sisikaping punan ni Liza ang kaniyang mga pagkukulang bilang isang asawa’t ina.

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2. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) ni Carlo Encisco Catu

90 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hindi tulad ng ibang magkasintahan, si Teresa (Perla Bautista)  at ang kanyang live-in partner na si Celso (Menggie Cobbarubias)  ay may katandaan na. Sa gulang na tila napaglipasan na ng panahon, pinipilit ng dalawa na payabungin ang kanilang pagsasama upang hindi makaramdam ng pananawa. Ngunit, isang gabi nakatanggap ng tawag si Teresa mula sa kanyang dating asawa na si Benedicto (Dante Rivero) na may malubhang sakit at humihingi ng kalinga.

Sa muling pagkukrus ng nakaraan at kasalukuyang pag-ibig, paano nga ba dadalhin ng katauhan ni Teresa ang ibinigay ng tadhana? Sa kanilang paghihintay sa dapithapon, magkakaroon pa rin kaya ng puwang ang pagmamahal at pagpapatawad?

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3. Kuya Wes ni James Robin Mayo

90 na minuto | Komedya | G

Gagampanan ni Ogie Alcasid ang katauhan ni Kuya Wes – isang masigasig at may pagkamahiyaing ‘remmitance clerk’ na ramdam ang pagkawalan ng importansya mula sa kaniyang kapatid na si Raf at sa pamilya nito. Nasasalat lamang niya ang halaga sa kaniyang trabaho, lalo na’t buwanan ang pagbisita ni Erika (Ina Raymundo) rito – ang customer na kaniyang natitipuhan. Ngunit, sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari, hiniwalayan si Erika ng kaniyang asawang nasa ibang bansa.

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4. Liway ni Kip Oebanda

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hango mismo sa kuwento ng direktor noong kapanahunan ng Martial Law, ang “Liway” ay umiikot sa karakter ni Day (Glaiza de Castro) – isang butihing inang handang protektahan ang kaniyang anak na si Dakip mula sa mabagsik na realidad ng kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Ang mag-asawang si Day at Ric, kasama ang anak nilang si Dakip, ay naninirahan sa Camp Delgado – isang seldang para sa mga rebelde’t kriminal na nakapaloob sa isang kampong pangmilitar. Sa gitna ng mga paghihirap nila sa kulungan, ipinagkalooban ni Day ang kaniyang anak ng mga kanta’t mapanlikhang kwento – mawalay lamang ito sa mga traumatikong pangyayari kanilang dinaranas.

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5. Mamang ni Denise O’hara

90 na minuto | Komedya & Drama | PG

Dulot ng katandaan, si Mamang, kaagapay ang kanyang anak na si Ferdie, ay lumalaban sa sakit na dementia. Hindi nagtagal, lumala ang kondisyon nito at hindi na matukoy ang pinagkaiba ng realidad mula sa memorya ng nakaraan.

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6. ML ni Benedict Mique

90 na minuto | Suspense Thriller | R-16

Dahil sa pagtatanggol ni Carlo sa Martial Law, hinamon siya ng kanyang guro upang patunayan ang kanyang pahayag. Sa paghahanap ng kasagutan, kasama ang kanyang kasintahan at kaibigan, nakilala nila ang isang matandang retiradong sundalo na magiging daan sa pagtuklas sa katotohanan. Mananatili pa kaya ang magandang pagtingin ni Carlo matapos ang lahat?

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7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) ni Lionel Arondaing

105 na minuto | Social Drama |G

Sa kabila ng hidwaan na nagmula sa kultura, nagtapo ang landas ng dalawang bata mula sa magkaibang angkan. Sa loob ng pitong araw pinili nila na tumira sa gitna ng kagubatan upang makatakas gulo. At sa mga ng pamamalagi sumibol ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.

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8. Pan de Salawal (The Sweet taste of Salted Bread and Undies) ni Anna Francesca Espiritu

100 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang bawat araw ay isang malaking dagok para sa mga taong nakatira malapit sa riles, kabilang na dito si Sal. Si Sal ay 78-anyos na panaderong may sakit sa bato. Dahil sa kanyang malubhang karamdaman, binalak nitong magpasagasa sa tren. Ngunit sa pagdating ni Aguy, isang bibong bata, nag-iba ang lahat. Sa hindi mapaliwanang na rason, ang bata ay kayang magpagaling ng may karamdaman sa pamamagitan ng sampal o suntok. Marami sa lugar na iyon ang natulungan ni Aguy, maliban na lang kay Sal. Sa paglala ng sakit ng panadero, nagdesisyon si Aguy na gawin ang pinakamasakit na sakripisyo para sa kaibigang tinuring siyang anak.

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9. School Service ni Luisito Ignacio

95 na minuto | Social Drama | R-13

Sa libo-libong mga bata na nagkalat sa lansangan ng Maynila, anu-ano kayang mga kwento ang hatid ng bawat isa?

Si Maya, isang walong-taong-gulang na bata sa probinsya, ay tinatahak ang daan mula eskuwela patungo sa kaniyang bahay. Habang naglalakad, isang ‘School Service’, na sa hindi inaakalang pagkakatao’y mga sindikato pala, ang nagpumilit na siya’y ihatid na pauwi. Hatid ng kamusmusan, si Maya – kasama ang iba pang mga inosenteng bata – ay itinapon sa Maynila upang mamalimos kung saan-saan. Maatim pa kaya ni Maya ang mangarap para sa kaniyang kinabukasan? Madadakot pa kaya nito ang kalayaan bilang biktima ng ‘School Service’?

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10. The Lookout ni Afi Africa

105 na minuto | Psycho-Drama | PG

Sa mundo kung saan talamak ang panghuhusga’t panunupil, nariyan si Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) – isang baklang ‘hired killer’. Bata pa lamang, inihubog na ng kaniyang relasyon sa mga mapang-abusong tao ang kaniyang puso na ngayo’y puno nang hinagpis at kabuhungan. Upang makaganti sa masalimuot na nakaraan nito, kakailanganin niyang pagtaksilan si Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia) – ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal. Magawa nga kaya ni Lester na talurisain ang kaniyang minamahal? O mahahadlangan ito ng kaniyang pag-ibig para kay Travis?

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1. Si Astra Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) ni Xeph Suarez

18 na minuto | Fiction, Drama | PG

Sa isang pag-iibigan, paano nga bang maaring hadlangan ng tradisyon ang pagmamahalan ng isang lalaking cisgender at isang transwoman mula sa tribo ng Badjao? Bukod sa pag-ibig at tradisyon, ayon sa may akda, nais din ng pelikula na ipakita ang iba pang suliranin na kinakaharap ng komunidad ng LGBT.

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2. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month ni Carlo Francisco Mantad

13 na minuto | Dark Comedy | R-13

Ang dedikasyon ni Jodilerks sa kanyang trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ngunit dahil sa nagbabadyang pagsara ng gasolinahan, ang trabahong kanyang nakagisnan ay mawawala na. Paano nga bang haharapin ni Jodilerks ang kanyang huling gabi bilang gas station attendant?

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3. Logro ni Kani Villaflor

15 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sawa na sa pagtrato’t sahod na natatanggap sa isang karinderya, tatahakin ni Bruno ang mundo ng “Underground Fighting” sa kabila ng pagiging pandak upang mapanalunan ang premyo’t makamit ang kaniyang ambisyon sa buhay. Mapagtagumpayan kaya ito ni Bruno? O tuluyan na lamang lilimitahan ng mapanghusgang lipunan ang kaniyang mga pangarap para sa sarili?

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4. Sa Saiyang Isla (In his Island) ni Christian Candelaria

20 na minuto | Drama | G

Sa kabila ng pagdurusa ng mga mangingisda sa nararanasang oil spill, may isang batang lalaki ang magbibigay ng galak sa madla sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga kwento at pangarap na maging sirena.

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5. Nangungupahan (Who Rents there now?) ni Glenn Barit

12 na minuto | Drama, Family, Experimental | G

Tinatalakay nito ang bawat istoryang nakatatak sa isipan ng mga nanirahan sa isang kuwarto sa magkakaibang panahon. Bagamat nanirahan sa magkaparehong silid, iba-iba ang naging pamumuhay ng mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng paghahabi ng kanilang mga alaala sa kuwartong iyon, sa huli ay mapagtatantong hindi lamang espasyo ang kanilang ibinahagi sa isa’t isa, bagkus, gayundin ang mga memoryang isa-isa nilang itinatak sa espayong iyon.

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6. You, Me and Mr. Wiggles ni Jay Velasco

19 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Experimental | R-18

Kung kailan tila magkasundo’t magkatugma na para sa isa’t isa, susubukin ng tadhana ang relasyon nina Carlo at Anj sa pamamagitan ng isang gabi. Isang gabing may hatid na sorpresa’t balakid sa pagtatalik ng magkasintahan. Ituloy pa kaya ni Anj ang kaniyang relasyon kay Carlo gayong alam na niyang ito’y may ‘erectile dysfunction’? O tuluyan na kayang manlambot ang pagsasama ng dalawa?

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7. Babylon ni Keith Deligero

20 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Satire | R -13

Upang magawa ang misyon na patayin ang diktador, kinakailangan ng dalawang batang babae na maglakbay sa ibang panahon. Sa paglipat ng panibagong dimensyon, makakaranas ang dalawa ng mga kakaibang pangyayari tulad ng pagsasalita ng mga tandang at iba pa.

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8. Kiko ni Jojo Driz

19:33 na minuto | Drama | R-16

Ang pagiging matanda at bulag ay hindi naging hadlang kay Kiko upang buhayin ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging labandera, nasusuportahan nito ang kanyang ampon na si Ton-ton at ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal na si Rex.

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9. Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)  ni Jarell Serencio

15:16 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang magkakapatid na sina Yoyong, Abet, at Darwin ay papasukin ang madilim na kuweba ng Mt. Diwalwal sa Compostella Valley upang magmina ng ginto. Sa kabila ng panganib na dala ng iba pang mga nagmimina, maglalakas loob ang mga musmos na ito makapag-aral lamang at makaangat sa hirap ng buhay. Gaya ng kanilang minimina, kuminang naman kaya ang kanilang kinabukasan? O mawawalan na lamang sila ng pag-asa gaya ng gintong unti-unti nilang inuubos sa bundok?

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10. Yakap (Embrace) ni Mika Fabella at Rafael Froilan

6 na minuto | Drama, Experimental | G

Nakaratay sa kama, isang babae ang kinakapusan na nang hininga. Sa nalalapit niyang pagpanaw, unti-unti niyang binibisita ang mga gunitain ng mga alaalang ‘di malilimutan. Kaakibat nito’y ang paglitaw ng isang lalaking pamilyar ang mukha na tila kaniyang tagapagsundo. Handa na kaya itong yakapin ang katotohanang kaniya nang lilisanin ang mundong ibabaw?

 

Ang mga Full Length at Short Features ay mapapanuod sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, UP Town Center, at Legazpi City.  Bisitahin ang website ng Cinemalaya  http://www.cinemalaya.org/ upang makita ang iba pang detalye.

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How “Neneng B” Reflects Women in the Music Industry

“Neneng B” is just one of the examples that vividly elaborates on the sexuality of women – not in an empowering manner which celebrates the spectrum of the female gender, but in an openly degrading stint.

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Screengrab from Neneng B (feat. Raf Davis) official music video

Just recently, the song “Neneng B” by Nik Makino is receiving a legal backfire not for the reasons most people would highly assume and would likely prefer; rather for illegally acquiring the beat of the song from a European music producer, Roko Tensei. Though many clamor for it to be taken down over its hypersexually explicit lyrics, copyright issues may be the best chance for the removal of this song in the music industry – a compromise that people would gladly not take for granted.

It is worth noting that ever since the song rose to its popularity, dialogues on the issues of objectification and sexualism had been circulating the internet. Still, it managed to get at this point wherein children are blindly singing along with its lyrics without careful thought, and even procured dance moves that might downplay its real issue (and its actual purpose) to mere entertainment. 

This is not a new territory which people would trudge on as these issues that obliterate the sexuality of women has been highlighted for various international artists. It doesn’t mean, however, that it excludes the Philippine music scene. “Neneng B” is just one of the examples that vividly elaborates on the sexuality of women – not in an empowering manner which celebrates the spectrum of the female gender, but in an openly degrading stint.

Using the “Boys will be boys” Card

For years, the music industry has been blatantly harsh on women. It has been putting up transparent barriers that let women sit still and be policed by the so-called standards. This, in itself, allows objectification to pile up in the community. It is no surprise, however, for the industry has been contained in a male-saturated patronage.

For instance, the issue on Taylor Swift and her music being prohibited by two men – who are heads of the record label in which she used to be part of – says a lot about women being seen as mere catapults to the success of men. 

This does not mean to turn its back on the considerable struggles that men in the music industry is also going through. It takes into account all discriminatory regards towards both genders. In retrospect, however, the scales tip more on women being the frequent receiving end, and most of the time, it is shunned by moguls that focus more on providing quantitative measures, more so in a patriarchal system. 

Now, with the issue of Makino, in an artistic aspect, it could be claimed as a way of creatively expressing his art in a free medium that strips off any political or social undertones. However, this very action, whether it is fought to be a creative expression, intends to put harm on a group of persons, blatantly attacking and obliterating their freedom of expression.

It should be known that songs like these give free passes by charging it to the “boys will be boys” notion and openly allow men to determine according to their liking how women should be regarded in this society. 

Changing the Narrative

In a generation gearing towards neutral liberalism, women are making active and loud choices to voice out their experiences. This may give insight on changing perspectives of women. 

For instance, Bethany Consentino, the other half of an American rock duo Best Coast, called out the restless magnification of sexualism in the music scene through an essay. She voiced out how during gigs, overtly sexual phrases are still being used, which she refuses to be used on her and every woman in the industry.

“I am supposed to not only stand there and take it but also digest it as a compliment to add to my fierce arsenal of sexy confidence,” Consentino adds in disappointment. 

“I’ve had guys outwardly tell me it’s different because you’re a girl.” Becky Bloomfield, frontwoman of punk rock band Milk Teeth, also recounted her experiences of gender discrimination in the music scene. She even pointed out how it was surprising for her male colleagues to know how much she was literate in the technical language of a concert gig. Unsurprisingly though, this just confirms the degrading image of women in the industry. 

Some are small, yet sure steps taken. There are noticeably shifts in the rose-colored notions of allowing men to overpower women through the empowerment given by the media, speaking up when the situation calls for it. These small steps become the very foundation of an ideology that seeks not only to empower the female spectrum, but all persons regardless of their gender. 

Even with such empowering acts that spring up from this situation, it is still important to note that they do not counteract the damages done and those who should be held accountable as prime proliferators or accessories to this issue must still be recognized. And women, surely, are not ready to back out just yet.

It is concerning how misogyny is still blatant and harsh these days despite how many are outspoken about the issue on hand. The world will never achieve equality if they never give way for change, especially when it comes to music – an important art form that the people stick to their hearts.

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Short Does Not Mean Lacking: Short+Sweet Theatre Festival

Famous for their 10-minute plays, Short+Sweet Theatre Festival is a theatre play festival where writers get the chance to have their scripts be realized in Short+Sweet’s stage. It originated from Sydney, Australia in 2002 and slowly began expanding, reaching cities like Dubai and eventually Manila in 2015.

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Clearly, “The biggest little play festival in the world” did not just mean the length of the pieces performed. It also meant making sure that they made the most out of every second.

When we think of indie productions, we often think of movies or songs that offer something outside of the norm. Rarely do we associate it with theatre plays or musicals; we often see these as productions done in cinemas or high-end theaters. Little did we know, some of the best theatrical pieces sat right under our noses and took less than an hour of our time! Such an example is Short+Sweet Manila and their annual Short+Sweet Theatre Festival. 

The Short+Sweet Theatre Festival is a theatre play festival where writers get the chance to have their scripts be realized in Short+Sweet’s stage. It originated from Sydney, Australia in 2002 and slowly began expanding, reaching cities like Dubai and eventually Manila in 2015. While not limited to theatre plays, Short+Sweet is most famous for their 10-minute plays. These plays have become the opportunity for actors, directors, and writers get together to bring their creations to life.

This November, I had the chance to witness some of their performances that were held in The PARC Foundation in San Juan. There were 3 time-slots of shows namely the Wildcard, Mainstage 1, and Mainstage 2. The tickets were seemingly affordable at 350 pesos as compared to a full blown production and the means to get them were very simple. Not to mention, they provided a specific guide on how to get to the venue. Other than that, here are some ways that Short+Sweet show that they are indeed “The biggest little play festival in the world”. 

The diversity of themes and topics that they present

One of the things that make indie films great is the fact that they are given the liberty to tackle any topic that they see fit. Short+Sweet Festival’s plays are no different. The writers are given freedom on what they want to talk about in their works and it makes for some of the boldest yet most candid takes on some of the less-talked about topics in society.

The plays that I was able to watch gave unique takes on commonly tackled topics in today’s media, without being cliche or too predictable with the plot. They were also very candid on their opinions of the topics without being insensitive or offensive. The takes were open and honest, giving a straightforward depiction that ultimately prove a point by the play’s end. It was never too careful nor too brutal.

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The 10-minute format makes for interesting storytelling

One of the most popular characteristics of the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival is that the plays are exactly that: short and sweet. The plays are given only 10 minutes of runtime which leaves it to the writers, directors, and actors to come up with the best way to tell the story to the audience. Amazingly, they are still able to develop the characters as well as tell a deep and convincing story without feeling rushed or worse, lacking. They were also very creative with the plot twists each play had, leaving the audience in awe at the end of each play.

I had the opportunity to talk to one of the directors namely, Mr. Phillip Latonio. He was able to give some of his insights on the format. Latonio is a Thomasian alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, who is also the director of the play “Misadventure Time”. He said that he finds the format “fun yet challenging” as he has to come up with a way to fit the writer’s vision within the 10 minutes that was allotted.

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Easily accessible for independent writers, directors, and actors/actresses.

One of the things that Philip was able to tell me was how he found out about Short+Sweet Manila. He said that he was invited by a friend to join and has continued to follow Short+Sweet since. According to him, the process is relatively simple for someone who would like to be a director or talent. All they would have to do is submit a resume or CV when the openings come up and wait for a response. If accepted, they get the chance to select the script they want to direct from a pool of scripts submitted.

For writers who want to submit their script, the Facebook page as well as the website offer up instructions on how they can send in their work. The page serves as a means to notify and update actors, directors, and writers on the updates regarding their applications. Actors may also submit videos of their prior performances in place of an audition. Such is the experience of Angelo Del Rosario who had learned about Short+Sweet after a director asked him to audition to replace a cast member who had fallen ill.

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Auditions being held for the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival. Source: Short+Sweet Theatre Manila Manila Facebook Page

A pleasant environment for everyone

The actors roamed freely around the venue as they were preparing for their plays. You can hear the support from each other as they traded uplifting words across the halls. There were also some who congratulated performers of the prior timeslot. The viewing angle was also at the eye-level of the audience which made the production that much more immersive. 

Philip Latonio stated that he enjoys participating because it allows him to meet new friends as well as to explore his creativity as an actor and as a director. Angelo on the other hand, finds it as an opportunity to escape from his job as a college professor. The experience also allowed them to explore a different type of style and in the case of Philip, used the experience as a gateway to other forms of theatre.

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Short+Sweet Manila’s theatre festival proved to be a showcase of some great talents that may not have been appreciated without their stage. It offers an experience that captures the imagination of their audience and inspires the creativity of their artists. The broad range of topics and the candid takes on these topics provides a refreshing new look that audiences will surely enjoy or at least respond to. Add to that the affordable price and the friendly staff to match, and you will surely have a great time in “The biggest little play festival in the world.”

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12 Tweets summing-up this year’s CDC

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe never faltered to show the magic of their performance. The question is, what did the Twitter-verse say in the midst of every leap and toss of CDC’s dancers?

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What’s up CDC? Yesterday, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe never faltered to show the magic of their performance. They not only managed to win the hearts of their fellow Thomasians but also the hearts of people from its competing universities as they landed 4th runner-up in the overall ranks. The question is, what did the Twitter-verse say in the midst of every leap and toss of CDC’s dancers?

Here are some of the tweets that documented the highlights of this year’s Cheer Dance Competition:

1. This year’s themes are:

 

2. So, you’ve heard of the rumor that Thomasians are shapeshifters.

 

3. Jokes on you all. Thomasians are allegedly the Lord’s favorite. 

 

 

4. There’s quite an uncanny resemblance here!

 

 

5. Calling all FEU students! A go-signal has been declared. 

 

 

6. Did anyone see the mayor coming?

 

 

7. Get you a performance that could serve you all 4 of these looks!

 

 

8. Magic is within Thomasians as shown by Salinggawi. Want more evidence? Expecto Patronum!

 

 

9. Speaking of magic, are you ready to have the most magical night next month? *coughs* Paskuhan? *coughs*

 

10. GO USTe! GO USTe! GO USTe! GO! GO! GO! GO!

 

 

11. CDC brought to you by yours truly, your mom.

 

 

12. Blame your fever on this one!

 

 

The Cheer Dance Competition once again proved that Thomasians, or maybe other students of UAAP schools too, always have a strong school spirit. Not only does the support ooze from those who stay in the University right now but also from its alumni and those who admire it. 

Together with one mind and spirit, we chant, “Go USTe!”

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