February 25, 2020 (10:04 AM)

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SADSAD 2020. The recently concluded indigenous and folk dance competition highlights culture and arts in the University. Photo by Mariah Johanna Uy

As this year’s Pag-inunongay 4, Ateneo Arts Fest and Festival of Excellence concludes, Ateneo Culture and Arts Cluster’s (ACAC) Artistry and Awards Night celebrated the contribution of ACAC clubs and organization in showcasing different forms of art.

Special awards of distinction were presented to the Ateneo de Davao University Chorale and Ateneo Sidlak Performing Arts Collective (ASPAC) for representing the university in the international arena.

AdDU Chorale bagged a silver diploma at the Sing ‘N’ Pray Kobe 2020 Competition last January 16-20 in Kobe, Japan while ASPAC was hailed the Overall Festival Champion in the Asia-Pacific Arts Festival: Youth Friendship for Peace last August 16-19 in the Capitol Theatre, Singapore.

“When I dance, I dance properly. When I sing, I sing well. When I take photographs, I shoot well; but my output also speaks well with the kind of advocacy I have,” Theresa Salaver-Eliab, the Office of Student Affairs director, said in her opening remarks, emphasizing that the students have always been encouraged to excel as sui generis leaders.

Awards for Best Club for academic year 2018-2019 were given to Society of Ateneo Literature and English Mavens (SALEM), Atento Art Company (ARTCO) and SALAM, The Ateneo Muslim Society.

With the theme, “Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Sharpening Artistry and Invigorating Spirituality,” Pag-inunongay filled the month with various activities showcasing the exemplified skills of the students as an avenue for their advocacy.

The events include Esporre: Photojournalism Competition, Hugot Unplugged Spoken Word Poetry and Dance Competition, Mugna Film Festival, Sadsad Mindanaw, and ACAC Artistry and Awards Night. ARC also celebrated its 2nd founding anniversary.

In connection with Pag-inunongay, ARC hailed as champion in advocacy video while ASPAC and SALEM bagged first and second runner up, respectively. The competition’s theme was to use their arts to channel peace in Mindanao. On the other hand, Ateneo Art Company won the In the Digital Poster Making Competition, followed by ASPAC as first runner up and SALEM as second runner up.



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