August 14, 2022 (3:13 PM)

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MUSICAL TALENT. Renowned local artist Paul Pablo, who is also a former Atenean, ends the Musikahan 2022 with his hit song ‘Bangin’ in the Martin Hall last Friday, August 12. Photo by Denyz Zaira Persigas

Reminiscing and sharing untold stories through music, homegrown bands performed in this year’s Musikahan with the theme, “Musikahan 2022: The Homecoming.”

Musikahan event head Katrina Jesrene Datoy shared that this year’s Musikahan is for a cause, as proceeds of the event will go to the partner organization, Mindanao Children’s Library (MCL) Foundation Inc, an organization that serves affected areas located in Region 12, particularly in North Cotabato and Region 11 in Davao City and Sta. Maria Davao Occidental.

The partner organization is supported through scholarships, medical services, daycare center buildings, relief operations, and dream bag distribution for kids.

“At first, we had a difficult time because there were little to no submissions. We are worried that we wouldn’t have enough performers and stories before the deadline,” the event head admitted.

Datoy, also the SAMAHAN Department of Communications (SAMACOMMS) Director, told Atenews that the department delegated tasks properly among its members and commended them for their participation and helpfulness. 

The Unforeseen vocalist John Carlo Barquin expressed his amusement as the crowd got along with the bands as they performed.

“Ang experience kay hype kaayo siya. And, personally, kay maka-overwhelm siya kay naka-perform na pud ko usab sa stage,” he added.

Both The Unforeseen and If and When bands shared the same sentiments about having difficulty planning their rehearsals, given that the band members have different schedules and residences.

If and When drummer Rafael Lim shared in an interview that although it was nerve-wracking to perform, it felt great that the crowd sang along to the band’s picked songs and related themselves to the story the band tried to depict.

“Music brings us all together. Music is our home. Music is love. We experienced this Musikahan, and we are grateful for the opportunity,” If and When vocalist Jan Jocef Juanillo emphasized.

The Musikahan 2022: The Homecoming was held on the fourth floor of the Martin Hall last August 12, which also featured local artists such as 3 AM, Paul Pablo, and the online and pre-pandemic Musikahan bands.

The event was participated by six bands, namely, Echoes, Sixth Sense, The Grassbeds, The Unforeseen, If and When, and Sunshine Chasers.



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