The Roxas Grounds was filled with laughter and enjoyment last August 15, as contestants from different divisions sang their hearts out to the tune of OPM songs while accomplishing crazy tasks for this year’s Karaoke Challenge: Birit 2 Win It.
The contest was facilitated by the General Assembly (GA) board officers and was hosted by Ralz San Pedro and Mae Bornillo.
The event started with a prayer and after that, the players took the “oath of pakaulaw,” which was jokingly made-up by Mr. San Pedro.
This year’s event got even crazier and wilder since each division would now have two representatives duet and conquer their way to victory.
For the first round, each pair would have to pick a song to perform and a challenge to accomplish. After that, top three pairs will be chosen and will battle it out to the clincher round.
The judges were Felyjane Timbal, Aileen Mayola, and Godofredo Blason, Jr., all of which are security guards from the University.
The first to perform were Ione Salveron and Marion Cada, from the Accountancy Division. They performed Regine Velasquez’s Tuwing Umuulan while eating marshmallows and playing Chinese garter.
Next up were Humanities and Letters’ Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, Kelly Serenio and Abbie Cabig, with Aegis’ song, Sayang na Sayang. They had to sing and endure getting tickled while hula-hooping.
School of Education’s Lara Michelle Devera and Carl Niko Patino sung Aegis’ Basang-basa sa Ulan while they balance a beach ball between their cheeks and transferring it between their stomachs, hips, and knees.
Next to perform were Alrie Matilac and Jonnah Ela Lee, from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division. They sung Aegis’ Sinta as they play piko flag while tied to each other.
Fifth to perform were Computer Studies’ Khamill Pantoja and Dann Caberto with April Boy Regino’s ‘Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin while popping balloons by sitting on them.
Social Sciences’ Kristal Diohang and Ivy Torregosa belted out Aegis’ Luha while they try to keep a balloon suspended mid-air by blowing it.
School of Nursing’s Jan Christine Notarte and Jenny Lozano sung Jessa Zaragoza’s Bakit Pa? while blowing flour off a basin to get gold coins.
Eighth to perform were Business & Management’s Weena Inson and Michael John Macadangdang with the song Halik by Aegis. Their challenge was for one to shoot newspaper balls into a basket placed on the head of the other.
School of Engineering and Architecture’s Nicole Bacaltos and Keith Lemana closed the first round with Bituin Escalante’s Kung Ako Nalang Sana while eating an apple hanging from a stick.
The pairs who qualified for the clincher round were SoE, SoN, and SEA. All pairs had to sing Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid’s Hanggang Ngayon while they fill a basin with water from the pool by submerging their bodies and squeezing water out of their clothes.
In the end it was Bacaltos and Lemana of School of Engineering and Architecture who won the championship title, followed by the pairs from School of Nursing and School of Education, as the 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively.
Bacaltos said at the end of the competition, “ulaw! Pero for the love of School of Enginnering and Architecture. Go EA!” (Embarrassing! But for the love of School of Engineering and Architecture).