The performers with UB's Vice President for Finance Johann Ben Bautista (back row, center), who is known to be a huge fan of music
The Composition class under the Bachelor of Arts in Music program culminated with a recital dubbed “The Final Touch: Maven 7” on Nov. 27, 2019 at the University of Baguio (UB) Centennial Hall.
Seven BA Music students under the Composition class of Nelson Polvoriza showcased their original music compositions and lyrics in the first half of the recital. Joko Packing rendered “Time and Time Again,” followed by “Sumthin Funky” by Rajiv Doraiswamy, “My Wonder” by Leamory Yosuastel, “Flexin” by Diego Brazil, “Chains of Love” by Jerson Ayuno, “Perfect Time” by Rebecca Matillano, and “Friends Who’ve Been Gone” by Stephen Buya-an.
The second part of the recital – “Ikaw at Ako: Ang Ikalimang Yugto” – featured songs from a collaboration by BA Music students and members of the Society of Languages and Literature, both under the UB School of Teacher Education and Liberal Arts (STELA). The Society of Languages and Literature wrote the lyrics for the songs while the BA Music students worked on the songs’ musical notation.
“Back Then” was written by Renalyn Bulosan (BA English); the music was composed by Rebecca Matillano. “’Wag Kang Manatili” was written by Rhia Veneracion (BSED Filipino); the music was composed by Rajiv Doraiswamy.
Meanwhile, “Anaesthesia” was written by Faith Joy Holman (BSED English); the music was composed by Stephen Buya-an. Moreover, “Tipanan” was written by Dian Stephanie Tuscano (BSED Filipino); the music was composed by Jojo Packing.
Furthermore, “My Heart’s Melody” was written by Jiazel Fernandez; music by Leamory Yosuatel. In addition, “Pirasong Paraiso” was written by Shiela Andaya; music by Jerson Ayuno. Finally, “If Only” was written by Roxanne Joyce Pascual (BSED English); composed by Diego Brazil.
The performers were elated to have been given the chance to showcase their talents and work as a team. No matter how big or small the audience, for the aspiring musicians, it was a dream fulfilled. Likewise, the composition professor Nelson Polvoriza found fulfilment in how the students learned how to notate their compositions. For the invited writers of the lyrics, they were ecstatic that their dreary poems were given life.
Among the spectators during the performance were Johann Ben Bautista, UB’s vice-president for finance; Dr. Bernardita Ayunon, dean of STELA; Miguel Xerxes Villacrucis, program chair of the UB-STELA Music Department; and John Glenn Gaerlan of the UB Voices and UB Performing Arts.
The recital is an annual culminating activity for students taking Composition class under BA Music. This year, the UB Music Society led by Katrin Mae Penaflor-Malado collaborated with the Society of Languages and Literature.
The UB Music Society envisions to nurture students’ musical talents as they successfully embark towards their career in music. Meanwhile, the Society of Languages and Literature advocates the use of language and literature to express oneself confidently and creatively thereby empowering the students to participate in community service.
The University of Baguio is the only university offering Bachelor of Arts in Music in the Cordillera Administrative Region. – Karen Joy Umila
Dr. Karen Joy Umila is the adviser of the Society of Languages and Literature.