By. Renz Paolo B. Regis
Photo by Raymond De Dios, FEU Advocate
At least 7,000 Tamaraws charged to the first-ever ‘One Concierto Piyu’ last January 20, Friday, to celebrate Far Eastern University (FEU)’s 89 years of Fortitude, Excellence, and Uprightness.
The official crowd estimate came from FEU Central Student Organization (CSO) Presidential Chief of Staff Jei Cauzon, the project head and proponent of FEU CSO's 89th foundation anniversary line up of events: Foundation Anniversary Thrive Fair, SILAKBO: A Spoken Word Poetry Competition, Open Stage, Cinema Al Fresco and the much anticipated One Concierto Piyu.
The concert at the FEU Quadrangle was made open to all Tamaraws from the four neighboring FEU schools: Manila, Institute of Technology (FIT), Makati, and the newly-installed Senior High School (SHS) in Manila.
FEU’s theme for its 89th founding anniversary was “One Brave Team” and Cauzon revealed that it was his idea to unite the said schools at the end of the week-long celebration supported by the FEUCSO President Romel Bernardo and Student Development Director Joeven Castro.
He, however, stated the reasons why the concert was not opened to other FEU schools.
First, he said that FEU Manila, FIT, and SHS all share the same campus. Although FEU Makati is another campus, he clarified that the Tamaraws from there are “technically” FEU Manila students also, for they are all under the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance.
Meanwhile, for FEU Cavite and Diliman students, their travel time and security were the main concerns, Cauzon shared. Moreover, he said that FEU Diliman is “inaccessible to immediate public transport” if it would be the venue of the concert.
Lastly, he pointed out that the FEU Quadrangle only has a maximum capacity of 8,000. Aside from that, there is still an ongoing retrofitting of the Administration Building.
It can be remembered that on December 9, 2015, the ‘20@15: FEU Tamaraws Victory Party’ held at FEU Manila was made open – not just to all Tamaraws from all FEU schools but also to everyone or walk-in guests – until the campus capacity was reached.
It was reported that at least 20,000 people went to celebrate the 20th championship title of FEU Men’s Basketball Team in the seniors division of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)’ 78th season.
‘One Concierto Piyu 2017: The FEU at 89 Foundation Anniversary Concert’ was jam-packed with amazing performances from homegrown talents: FEU Dance Company, Artist Connections’ Exude Dancers and Music Synergy, and the FEU Cheer Cadets; from rock bands: Avalon Beyond, Jensen and The Flips, Mayonnaise, Sud, and Itchyworms; and from artists Iñigo Pascual and Janella Salvador.
Rock bands Avalon Beyond, Jensen and The Flips, and Sud all said that it was their first time to perform in FEU Manila,
When asked to describe his experience, Avalon Beyond guitarist Benjo Jumi said, “Masaya. Masaya. Kasi nga ‘yung crowd, sobrang warm ng pagtanggap sa’min, even the organizers, inalagaan talaga kami ([It was] fun. [It was] fun. Because of the warm welcome of the crowd, even the organizers, they really took care of us).”
Meanwhile, Avalon Beyond vocalist Ian Sison thanked the FEU Tamaraws for their support and expressed his hope to perform before them again. “It was such an honor. We love you,” he added.
Furthermore, Jensen Gomez, vocalist-guitarist of Jensen and The Flips, revealed that he was also surprised of the big crowd. Even Sud Ballecer, vocalist of Sud who was behind the hit song “Sila,” commended the FEU Tamaraws for knowing Sud’s songs and being responsive during the performance.
On the other hand, rock bands Mayonnaise and Itchyworms both said that although it was not their first time to perform in FEU Manila, the Tamaraw crowd remained amazing.
Describing his experience, Mayonnaise vocalist-guitarist Monty Macalino said, “It’s always nice to be able to reach out to students, especially in FEU, because of their enthusiasm.” He added, “It’s always our privilege to be able to perform for FEU.”
Likewise, Itchyworms vocalist-guitarist Jugs Jugueta also appreciated the warmth. “Kapag nanalo kayo sa UAAP, tutugtog kami ulit (If FEU will win in UAAP, we’ll perform again),” he revealed.
Same with artists Iñigo Pascual and Janella Salvador who were both first-timers in FEU Manila – they both hope to come back at the green-and-gold stage.
“Sobrang nagulat ako (I was surprised). When I came in, there were a lot of people. They’re very supportive. I guess, seeing it makes me want to come back and, hopefully, participate again in any of FEU’s events,” Pascual remarked.
“Hindi ko in-expect. Sobrang natuwa ako kasi ang-warm ng pagtanggap nila. Grabe ‘yung energy (I didn’t expect that. I was really happy because of their warm welcome. The energy was overwhelming). I really enjoyed performing in front of the Tamaraws,” Salvador expressed.
According to Christine Bonaobra, FEU-Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC)’s vice president for external affairs, the total number of patients served during the first-ever ‘One Concierto Piyu’ was 20: three were reported for dizziness, also three for wound care, four for sprain, five for hyperventilation, and another five for blood pressure check.
Bonaobra revealed that FEU-RCYC anticipated the turnout, since a foundation anniversary concert was opened to all Tamaraws from four FEU schools – for the first time.
Meanwhile, Officer Bimbo Porgal of the FEU Safety and Security Office (SSO) described the concert as “generally peaceful.”
He said that as far as FEU SSO is concerned, “there was no any major incident reported” to them. “Starts well, ends well,” he added.
Likewise, Officer Cecile San Juan of the FEU Student Discipline also gave a positive remark about the concert. “When it comes to cases filed or endorsed to us, this year’s concert has lesser compared to last year,” she said.
When asked about the difference between the past two foundation anniversary concerts, FEU CSO Logistics Head Jeremiah Mendoza said that the ‘One Concierto Piyu’ was “more hectic.”
For FEU CSO Events Management Director Paolo Palogan, this year’s concert was “better – from planning up to execution.”
Same goes with FEU CSO Marketing and Communications Director Bernadete Loa. She said that this year’s concert was “really a blast.” Aside from having many sponsors, she said that it was evident that the FEU Tamaraws enjoyed the event.
When asked what was the essence of the concert, FEU CSO President Romel Bernardo said, “Aside from it strengthens our identity as FEU Tamaraws partnered with its prevailing core values, the ‘One’ added to ‘Concierto Piyu’ symbolizes FEU CSO's initiative to promote unity among other FEU schools.”
“This action done to a historic event like FEU Concert will resonate in every administration, and will be the baseline of actions to promote and fortify unity in every facets of life all of us Tamaraws from every corner of the nation will face,” he explained.
According to FEU CSO Adviser Lenore Delos Santos, the concert was “a success – considering the number of students who attended the event.” For that, she said that it will be continued next year and in the coming years.
When asked if there is a chance that the concert will also be opened to FEU Cavite and Diliman, “I think there is a possibility. Let us be open to it,” she revealed.
Thus, ‘One Concierto Piyu 2017: The FEU at 89 Foundation Anniversary Concert’ would not be there without its major sponsors: T-Pencil by AMSPEC, Nature’s Spring Water, and Jollibee; official event partners: Uber, Oishi, Jack ‘n Jill’s Maxx Gum, Magic Creams, Magic Flakes and Piattos, Granny Goose Kornets, Great Taste Coffee, and Max’s Group Incorporated’s Jamba Juice, Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza Co., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Max’s Restaurant; and media partners: WhenInManila.com, ClickTheCity.com, Inquirer Pop, Move.PH, and Rappler.
The green-and-gold event was also brought by Cornerstone Entertainment Inc., and Star Music PH; co-presented by FEU Communication Society; and made possible by the FEU Student Development, FEU Tech Student Coordinating Council, and FEU CSO.
To cap off the concert, rock band Itchyworms, led by its vocalist-guitarist Jugs Jugueta, performed its hit song “Akin Ka Na Lang” while the sky was lit up with a four-minute fireworks display.