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CSSP and CoE tie for 1st place at Karolfest 2012

Photo of CS faculty and staff courtesy of Prof. Roselle Pineda.

(December 12)—It was a tie for first place for the choral groups of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Engineering (CoE) at this year’s Karolfest, held December 7, 1 p.m. at the University Theater.

Himig Buklod, the CSSP choir, and the CoE chorus’ impressive interpretation of the competition piece Pasko na Sinta Ko by Francis Dandan, cinched the first place for both choirs. Both groups also impressed the judges with their rendition of the songs Deck the Halls (Himig Buklod) and Santa Claus is Coming to Town (CoE choir).

Besting 11 other student groups, this is the first time in Karolfest history that two groups tied for first place since the program’s inception in 2006 by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) and the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA).

The College of Law choir placed second for “Pasko” A cappella Medley, while College of Science choir bagged the third prize for “Paskong Anong Saya.” The College of Science Faculty and Staff received a special award for their participation in the faculty and staff category.

This year’s event had the theme “Malayo Man Pasko Pa Rin” and incorporated a creative performance, an innovation set by the artistic team headed by professors Roselle V. Pineda and Rommel Rodriguez.

The performance was a narrative about a young girl pining for her parents who were working abroad. Through an enchanted doll sent via a balikbayan box, the girl is transported to a magical Mundo ng Musika (Land of Music) where she realizes that Christmas is not about the number or worth of gifts received, but about the heartfelt songs and music sent by loved ones that bridge the distance to the ones left behind.

In his welcome remarks via an audio visual presentation (AVP) UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma said the event is not only a competition; it is also a vehicle to remember family members working overseas to better the lives of loved ones.

Organized by the OVCSA, Karolfest 2012’s roster of judges included Jonathan Arevalo Coo, an Ateneo de Manila professor (chair), Dr. Apolonio Chua of the College of Arts and Letters Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas and Nilo Alcala, 2007 Gawad Chanselor Para sa Natatanging Mag-aaral.—MDJ