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Ateneo de Davao and Ateneo de Manila joint concert

Allow Mindanaoan to be oh-so-giddy! I’m just sooo excited with this piece of news that I got a hold of yesterday via Davao Base. I learned that there will be an Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Manila University Glee Club joint concert on November! AAAHHH!!!

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The First Magis: The All-Ateneo Glee Club Concerto will be held on November 28, 2009, 7PM at the Finster Auditorium, 7th Floor of the Finster Building, Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Mindanao! The Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club and the Carillon, the official Ateneo de Davao University Glee Club, will perform.

And why is this such a big deal for me, you may ask?

Well, ahem, ahem…Mindanaoan was once a part of the Carillon πŸ˜€ I was one of the sopranos, thank you very much! Tee hee πŸ˜€

Modesty aside, I’ve always been a part of my school’s glee clubs. Always soprano. Always joined as many glee club events as possible. And I loved singing to death.

Back in college, during my Carillon days, we were under the tutelage of Fr. Marasigan. I always have fond memories of him and of his teaching style. He wasn’t exactly the strict strict conductor…he was more like a friend. He even allowed us to have chocolate once in a while! (chocolate for singers is a no-no) He would sneak outside the Jesuit House and bring a lot of candies and chocolate bars for all of us. Sometimes he also asked us to join him for a cup of salabat.

During my Carillon days, we would practice at the old ADDU auditorium in front of the existing covered court, right beside the now defunct dormitory. We would all sing our “hee hee ha ha ha ha ha haaaa” and our “Where are you going today?” voice warm-up lessons. We would then sing the standard “Lupang Hinirang” for final warm-up before we practice our entire repertoire. It would mean that the dormers can’t sleep up until 9 pm but I’m sure they didn’t mind πŸ˜‰

Our batch, if I’m not mistaken, was the very first one that held a joint concert with the Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan Glee Club in Cagayan de Oro City. That show was a huge success and I could still remember the packed Little Theater, where we performed for two nights.

I simply have sooo many kuwentos pa about my Carillon days and about my love affair with music. Ah, how is it that I have stopped singing? I should probably do that again…sing!

In the meantime, I look forward to watching this joint ADMU-ADDU Glee Club concert entitled the 1st Magis. Please come and watch, too!

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  • arjay n. viray

    hi! just came accross this blog of yours from 2009. i was actually part of this concert, while still working as assistant conductor of the ADMU Glee Club and now, i’m the current conductor of the ADDU Carillon Glee Club. hope you can drop by/visit our rehearsals for the kids would love to hear stories (i’m sure you have much much more) about the past batches. we also hope to see you in our upcoming concerts. πŸ™‚


  • Pete G

    Thank you for sharing about Jesuit Fr. Santiago Marasigan, SJ, as your music guide. Also, his chocolate treats. Never knew about his sneakiness. Before Davao, he was assigned in the Ateneo de Naga. Owe him much.

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