The Marinduque State College (MSC) Culture and Arts Unit mounted a cultural night at the MSC Gymnasium last February 14 with live performances, limited audience and streaming service. The lovely evening was brought to the public by  the Culture and Arts unit together with the Institute of Education of the Marinduque State College who prepared an array of performances by amazing local talents and creatives that featured a diversity of forms of love but most importantly, hope, through dance and music as our cultural night goes with this year’s National Arts Month theme – “Sining ng Pag-asa.” Hope in the midst of pandemic, amidst the effects of natural calamities and anthropogenic disasters.

Official invitation to Sining ng Pag-asa

According to freshman student of Contemporary World class, “The Sining Para sa Pitumpong Anibersaryo “Sining ng Pag-asa” is really a worth to watch. I love how everyone showed their love to old and modern music and dance of modern on the Valentine’s day. It was so fun to listen to their songs that came from the heart especially the orchestra at the end. It is related to globalization because the songs they used ranged from old -fashioned songs to contemporary songs. They also show the wonderful culture of Filipinos through their lovely songs and instruments that was used. I also wants to congratulate those performers who happily performed in the stage just to entertain everyone and make us value old and modern music.”

The “MSC Hymn” was rendered by the BCAEd students with live brass band accompaniment which depicts the Journey of MSC from Marinduque School of Arts and Trades, Marinduque Institute of Science and Technology until being Marinduque State College before becoming the future Marinduque State University. Then a traditional serenade or Harana was enliven by Joey Medina, Joy Barcelona and Philip Quitoriano with their version of “Oh Ilaw/ Ikaw ang Ligaya ko.” Other performances by Kurt Rexur Manlangit, Zyndly Togonon, Dominic Raza, Alleah Fe Gonzales embellished the night of culture with musical performances. Meanwhile the folkdances like Tinikling, Balalag, and Dinadama were brought to life by the BCAEd students and Binasuan was well-executed by dance faculty Sharmaine Balut. The night was capped with a contemporary version of Putong/Tubong by the Cawit Brass Band which was based on the thesis of Clint Sean Manlangit.

MSC Culture and Arts unit gives credit to where credit is due to the BCAEd dancers: Dominic Raza, Ralf Vincent Lolong, JAymark Lauresta, Jennelyn Rodelas, Regine Pelaez, Catherine Ola, Andrei Murillo, Marcus Buenaventura, Ma. Judith Nelsie Natal, Alyssa Mae Siaotong, Bianca Jean Arellano, and Jhoziel Ann Geronaga. Likewise, the said unit also acknowledges the string players: Aleika Pilar, Allysa Mae Siaotong, Joey Medina, Kyla Padolina and Gerard Angelo Diana. The Piana players are also recognized: Philip Quitoriano, Angel Monleon and Allan Robert Mascareñas. And of course, the persons behind the sterling voice and vocal talents: Joey Medina, Joy Barcelona, Alleah Fe Gonzales and Marc Vincent Logdat.

Praise among the online audience and MSCians:   “Our culture like our very known folk dance called “Tinikling” that was presented by the chosen students from Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education, was a folk dance that was known not only by the Filipinos but it was also known by the other countries as one of our identity not only because they brows it online but also they watched and sees it whenever they visit our countries. In this matter we nurture our culture not just by means of continuously practicing it but also through the globalization. Now every time that foreigners hear the word “tinikling” the word that come up in their mind was “Philippines” and “Filipinos”. It becomes our identity same with the other culture and even tradition that we had even some of it was an influence of other race and our colonizers that we embrace and now become part of our identities.”