In a night of cease-fire from the Palaro games, Ateneans from different clusters joinedand sang along to this year’s Musikahan inspired by viral Filipino memes.
The participating bands performed their interpretation of the stories in line with the theme, “A Night to ReMEMEber.”
The first jam band, Sphynx, kicked off the event for the Open Jam session and rendered their cover of “Torn,” followed by SUDan with their rendition of “Pangarap lang kita” and “Di makatulog.”
Last to perform was #45 Diamond Street singing the high notes of Beyonce’s “Love on Top.”
Gisbert band performed their version of Freddie Aguilar’s classic song “Anak,” for the story of “Malakas ang guardian angel ko.”
Next to take center stage was Serein under the category “Advance ako Mag-isip,” and relayed their tune of Ben&Ben’s hit, “Kathang Isip.”
Karl Maglana of Serein shared that he was nervous about the crowd not being able to sing along with them.
“The experience was very surreal pero nang malapit na ang performance namin very nervous na. Kasi paano mo dalahin yung people? What if they don’t know the songs? So, parang maluya ang audience,” Maglana said.
Octaves performed third and opened its set with Itchyworm’s “Beer” under the story of “Bakit ako Matatakot?”
Fans gushed when Asul kicked off its set with their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to Know” as a tribute to the category of “Charaaan!”
Under the category “Wala na. Finish na.,” Sinuglaw breathed life to the song of Silent Sanctuary’s “Bumalik ka na sa Akin,” and Itchyworm’s “’Di na Muli.”
The last homegrown act to perform for the story band was Studio B under the category of “Kaperfect Ba!,” who sang Sugarfree’s “Makita ka Muli.”
The crowds swayed their hands and sang along to the band’s rendition of Side A’s “Forevermore,” and Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly.”
After their fame in the annual Awitenista Competition and the previous Musikahan, Ateneo de Davao’s homegrown band Salt N’ Paper once again serenaded the crowds and gave the concluding performance of the event with their cover of The Script’s “For the first time.”
Irvin Vicencio, a first year Accountancy student explained that his first Musikahan experience was very relatable.
“Gusto ko yung theme kasi based on true experiences and na-connect talaga yung songs sa mga memes and all. Basta ang ganda, nakakarelate sobra.” he said.
Vinno Serrano, a fifth year Civil Engineering student stressed that this year’s Musikahan was so far the most sentimental.
“Yung ibang years kay lively man gud, tapos ang mga story ngayon kay medyo masakit. Siguro ito yung Musikahan na sobrang emotional and sentimental,” he expressed.