Fun and excitement filled the air around the grounds of the Elementary School Department (ESD) of the Philippine Christian University-Dasmarinas Campus last March 21 when a concert entitled, “Engkwentro: Generation Z Meets the OPM Legends,” was held to the delight of 1,500 members of the university community.
Students, faculty and alumni as, as well as their relatives and guests, parently enjoyed the musical night as they sang along and swayed in rhythm with the songs belted out by performers.
The concert became virtually a social gathering that brought the PCU-D community closer, thanks to music. Regina Monsanto, a Grade 11 student from STEM strand, and Mark Louis Ranola from HUMMS strand, hosted the event. Pavill Ambas, a Grade 12 Sports student, provided the comic relief by showcasing his talents in spoken poetry, singing and dancing. The highlights of this concert were the awesome performances of the impressive VEAM Dance Company and a local rock band from Grade 11, “I Belong,” whose energetic rendition sent chills to everyone’s spine.
The Grade 12 band, “Ethell’s Angels X Satire Syndicate,” kept the stage simmering with their own type of rock music. Then there’s the “Fa-cool-ti” band, which showed off awesome voices and talents in playing different kinds of musical instruments. Everyone was serenaded with Pinoy folk songs of Lolita Carbon with the legendary band “Asin.” Their sometimes haunting melody and lyrics suggested loneliness and longing as part of life under the oppressive regime of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Asin was the first band to incorporate Filipino indigenous instruments into pop or rock music.
The band called “This Band” brought the house down and touched the sentimental side of the listeners with its songs about heartbreaks. The crowd showed their “Tatakbo, tatalon, sisigaw ang pangalan mo” energy during its performance. “I have nothing but a grateful heart to everyone who is instrumental in making ‘Engkwentro’ concert a reality,” graduating ABM student Jemimah Cayabyab said, referring to the first-ever concert in the PCU-Dasma Campus. “Thank you for making me experience this kind of event before I graduate.”
By Marie Antoinette D. Obrador