The Office of Student Affairs (OSA), along with the Arrupe office, the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), and the organizations of the Culture and Arts Cluster launched the Hagurus: A Back-to-School Open Mic and Rock Concert for a Cause Season 1, last July 9 at the 4th floor of the Martin Hall at Ateneo de Davao University.
Jesus Montajes, the Program Officer for Culture and Arts and the Overall Creative Director of Hagurus said that the concert was held to gather proceeds for selected schools in the Paquibato and Marilog districts.
“We chose seven schools in Paquibato district and Marilog. These schools are predominantly occupied by [indigenuous] students,” he said.
Attendees of the event were asked to bring and donate school supplies. Their donations also served as their admission pass.
“Outsiders are welcome [to come], as long as they bring their valid IDs and their school supplies,” Montajes said.
The concert showcased talents and some documentary films made by Ateneans. During its first part, documentary films on social issues affecting Mindanao were shown.
“The purpose of this event is to showcase the talents of the Culture and Arts Clubs in Ateneo. We use music, visual arts, and poetry to reach out. This is the cluster’s first advocacy program,” Montajes added.
An on-the-spot banner making contest was also hosted in the Arrupe Hall as part of the event.
Also, a photo exhibit by the Ateneo Photographers Society (APS) was held in the Martin Hall. The exhibit was entitled “Pagmata! Sa Kamatuorang Nagpatigbabaw sa Realidad: A photo exhibit on the different faces of people’s truth.”
The second part of the program featured the “Open Mic: Spoken Word Poetry Unplugged”, and the acoustic and rock concert.
Montajes said that most of the participants are from the university.
“All performers are Ateneans. We also have one independent band from Tagum, they are the Kuntaw Mindanaw,” he said.
In the evening, local rock bands such as Alpaca, Marsh, The Realycs, and Ghetto Gents performed Original Pinoy Music on-stage.
Students who participated in the event found it entertaining. Second year Mass Communication student Stephanie Bergado stated that attending the event was worthwhile.
“Nalingaw ko. Ganahan ko sa banda, sa lights, sa stage. Basta overall, ganahan ko. Para sa akoa, successful pud ang ilahang cause. Makita man pud gud nako na daghan ug nagdonate,” Bergado said.