By: Jim Mijares and Isabel Salsona
QUEZON CITY—Ateneo Gabay ended the Scholars’ Week (SWeek), a week-long celebration of scholarship and education, with the Scholars’ Night: Tanaw at the MVP Roofdeck last September 28, 2018.
The highlight of the event was the first-ever Scholars Got Talent, where Ateneo scholars showcased skills in singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments.
Alyana Zoie Chua (1 BS ME), who performed “Think of Me” from The Phantom of the Opera, was named as the champion, while Jeremiah Vallar (1 BS PSY) and Gem Escolastico (1 BFA ID) won second and third places with their song numbers of “Let It Go” and a mashup of “Ours”, “Titibo-tibo”, “T.A.N.G.A (Paasa)”, and “Lord Patawad”, respectively.
Chua acknowledged that the other contenders were very talented and that this caused her to be nervous while singing. After commenting about how the win was unexpected, she said, “I feel really grateful for this big blessing and for all the people who supported me in this endeavor. I’m so blessed to have very supportive parents, blockmates, and friends.”
Other contestants are Team Cumute (composed of Alyssa Layco, Isabel Salsona, and Bernard Yumul), Vince Domasig, Jihannah Genova, Pinwheel (composed of Krisia Misa, Alyssa Glean, and Gwyneth Magdamit), Keith Gungon, and 7th Beat (composed of Noelle Cubacub, Reyna Bautista, Liecel Cenizal, Mia Quisumbing, Allyssa Laconico, Anjelina Alceso, and Catherine Golles).
There were also guest performers who graced the stage with various presentations; these include Gaband (composed of Vhon Seviola, Yoj Gaviola, Gem Escolastico, Enrique Salvador, and David Cruz), Damon Dadap, Joshe Tiu, Kava, and Alyson.
The audience, mostly composed with Gabayanos and scholars, participated in games and raffles in between performances.
LJ Dimalanta and Kath Esmama were the night’s hosts.
Tanaw was headed by Igor Garcia and Kayla Francisco. Garcia reaffirmed that the event adhered to the idea of Scholars’ Week, which was for each scholar to express who they are. He expressed how the project made him happy; he saw the bigger picture beyond himself and his sadness of having one last Scholars’ Week for the next year.
He commented in his opening remarks, “Throughout the night, I want us to look back at the whole Scholars’ Week.” And upon seeing the smiles of each scholar, he said, “It just brings tears to my eyes seeing everyone celebrating the value of being a scholar. In a way, it reminded me of a person who offered me scholarship at a different school. This person told me that a ‘Scholarship is a seed that is meant to bloom for others.’”
The SWeek Core Team also expressed their thanks to the Gabayanos on their support and participation. Gratitude was overflowing, as months of their preparations was made into reality – and with that, they can’t wait for the next SWeek.
Soul Cone and Aspire were Gabay’s partners for the event.