Music is an important part of human culture since it has been part of human civilization since way back in history. Music brings together different people coming from the different walks of life and it brings solidarity to people’s identity and unity. It also develops the different musical talents of people where they also grow as they develop these skills.
The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) promotes music through organizing and hosting many different musical school events. One of these events is the Musikahan which is celebrated annually together with the school festivities (which is now called fiestrams since the fiesta and intrams are now celebrated together, intrams is the equivalent of a sports fest.)
Musikahan is a musical event organized by student body organizations together with the the university to showcase the musical talents of the students of the university. Students audition to get a chance to play music on stage for the whole university. It is important to give these kind of chances for students to express their personality, who they are through music because it builds who their character. Even if these kind of events don’t give them extra credit on subjects or if some people might say “They pay for an expensive kind of education to get a degree, high grades and get good jobs after graduating and not to play music” but in the end life isn’t all just about work. I would like to share a quote from the 1989 movie Dead poets society spoken by the character John Keating (played by Robin Williams.) :
Here is a video clip from the movie of that quote:
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
This is the chance for the students to sing their own verse of their lives, their own contribution to life, their own identity.
photos are taken from the official Ateneo de Davao University gallery for the coverage of the Musikahan event