Musikahan, once again, proved to be an expression of suppressed feelings.
Playing tunes for the lovestruck, the heartbroken and the lonely, homegrown bands performed their rendition of love songs in the Musikahan 2019 with the theme, “Musikahan: Tinyo, para Kanino?”
The bands, also known as story bands, received anonymous letters forwarded by the Samahan Communications Office from students who wanted to seek for advice and enlightenment with their current romantic life situations.
In turn, the story bands would have to react to the melancholic letters by selecting three to four songs which would greatly express their advice to these people.
The topics ranged from wanting to have second chances to ways on moving on and being part of the “friendzone.”
This year’s Musikahan was participated by six bands, namely: Serein, Adobong ManAcc, Pongskinatics, Sud-An, Double Rule and New Era.
Serein, after its stellar performance last year, opened the night with Paramore’s That’s What You Get in response to the letter, “Loving Someone”. They then serenaded the crowd with the October 2018 iTunes topper Maybe the Night by Ben&Ben and December Avenue’s Kahit ‘Di Mo Alam.
Adobong ManAcc and Sud-An’s audience were engaging enough to reach out and wave their phone flashlights as they sang to the songs of The Script (The Man Who Can’t Be Moved) and Coldplay (Yellow and Fix You), respectively.
“Kulba… Fun din siya at the same time kay naka-perform in front of a lot of people tapos napasaya namin [sila] kahit konte,” Sud-An’s vocalist Jam Avancena said.
Avancena also recognized that a lot of people have experienced being in the friendzone and that waiting for the right person is important.
On the other hand, Prongskinatics entertained the crowd with their amazing vocal and instrumental synergy on Beyonce’s Love on Top, keeping the audience in awe.
Double Rule’s performance tackled the letter “Feeling Lost” with their unique combination of Yeng Constantino’s Ako Muna, Join the Club’s Nobela and Rivermaya’s Umaaraw Umuulan to encourage people to mold a right path not just in love, but life in general.
An admittedly avid music-lover, Basti Ruiz, lead guitarist of Double Rule, tells his fellow music-lovers to keep on pushing and chasing their dreams as music will always be there to help them in every way.
“For the music-lovers, keep pushing… keep chasing for your dreams. Music will always help you in every way… and lakad matatag,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, New Era eased the emotional burden of the audience after having been faced with a typhoon of heavy-hearted stories.
Their “Happy Ending” letter was supplemented by songs in the likes of Moira de la Torre’s Sundo, Juan Karlos Labajos’ Buwan and Bruno Mars’ Treasure to lighten the atmosphere and give hope to those who want to have a happy ending in their life as well.
“I feel hyped… At the same time, bago siya kasi in our previous school, there wasn’t this type of activity and also seeing that much students na talented, I feel happy,” BS Accountancy freshman Gloria Chen said.
The Musikahan is an annual fiesta event held in the Martin Hall. The 2018 Musikahan also featured sentimental songs with the theme, “A Night to ReMEMEber” inspired by viral Filipino memes last year.