By: Chloie Rodriguez
The students of Far Eastern University (FEU) were once again engaged in another solid Tatak Tamaraw Concert last August 10 2018, as part of a week full of welcoming festivities for the freshmen populace that began on August 6, 2018. Far Eastern University Central Student Organization (FEUCSO) in partnership with Tiktok and Vivo made the concert successful as they led the FEU crowd to another unforgettable night.
Before the concert took place, various activities were enjoyed by the students during the day. There were different gimmicks preceded by the Institute Student Councils, freebies were given away, and the freshmen got their first tatak, a tradition practiced at FEU during every Tatak Tamaraw event.
On the afternoon, both FEU President Dr. Alba and the FEUCSO President Reuben Jade Sobrevilla shared their sentiments not just to make sure that the students have the best time of their lives, but to inspire them as well. By 3:00, the presidents of each Institute student councils paraded their Institute flags to exhibit their pride. Moreover, the FEU boosters also showcased their specialty which hyped the crowd as they were entertained by such homegrown talents.
On the other hand, as the babies of FEU, the Senior High School Dance group had once again proved that they can be as competitive as their big brothers and sisters as they took the crowd’s breaths away with another outstanding performance.
By the time the games and performers were done, the FEU Grandstand was ready and open to be rocked by the bands.
First to take the stage was the rising band Better Days, composed of Daniel Paringit (Vocalist and Lead Guitar), Rosner Mabuti (Pianist), and Gelo Cabigon (Bassist). Next in line was Banda ni Kleggy, with their second time to sing for the FEU crowd, composed of Kleggy Abaya (vocals) himself, Rye Sarmiento (lead guitar and vocals), Berns Cuevas (rhythm guitars), Bobby Canamo (bass) Raffy Bonifacio (drums). The third band was Munimuni, another rising band composed of John Owen, Adj Jiao, Red Calayan, Jolo Ferrer, and TJ de Ocampo.
The next band to perform were new to the Tamaraw ears but also one of the most awaited band to perform; December Avenue, an alternative rock band composed of Zel Bautista, Jem Manuel, Don Gregorio, Jet Danao, and Gelo Cruz. Gracenote, another Tamaraw favourite once again awed the students and were composed of Eunice Jorge (vocals, keyboards, violin); Jazz Jorge (bass), EJ Pichay (drums) and Tatsi Jamnague (guitars). The last band to perform truly rocked the night of the Tamaraws and it’s their second time as well to grace the FEU stage. 6CycleMind, with Tito Fortunato "Tutti" Caringal II, Ryan "Rye" Samiento, Roberto "Bob" Cañamo, Herbert Hernandez and Vic Aquino. Tutti, being the vocalist of the band, never leaves the stage without doing something extraordinary. He invited a student to join him, and Patricia Rigodon of Institute of Arts and Sciences was envied by many as she was serenaded by Tutti himself.
This whole concert experience will not be complete without the feedbacks of the FEU students, and Steff Villanueva, a freshman who is currently taking up Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature Studies said, “I think that it unleashed the Tamaraw spirit of us freshies. It made us feel as though we’re finally home!! There's this indescribable atmosphere in FEU that embraces us wholeheartedly no matter who and what we are. I just got confused in the way of disseminating partial and final schedule, it's a good thing though that the organizers used different platforms in releasing must see announcements; it just needs to be finalized well. I know how hard it is to produce such kind of event so it is considerable to have lots of adjustments, but I know, the organizers of the event can improve this matter.
Afterall, they've made a very good job. Salamat po for Tatak Tamaraw”. Another first year student from Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, Dennis Brian Cruz noted, “For me the most memorable part would be when I met some student leaders behind that event. Could you imagine how stressful it is to pitch for possible sponsors? As stressful it may look, but they did everything to make this possible. But by just looking at the event, you can see all their efforts and hard works. Another thing would be you can see the unity inside the campus. That time, the campus was filled with gold shirt everywhere.”
To add up, a senior student Queenie Joyce Dumago of Institute of Arts and Sciences also noted, “As a graduating student the most memorable moment for me on this year’s Tatak Tamaraw welcome concert is that I had the chance to volunteer as one of the usher for the concert proper. I was able to help in a simple way and it gave me an opportunity to have a glimpse on how FEUCSO handle big events for the students. I also got the chance to usher the vocalist of my favorite band, Zel Bautista of December Avenue. It was the best ever!!!! I get to talk to him about their music and finally watched them live after a lot of planning to watch their gigs, also he asked for my socmed account and their band’s twitter followed mine. This was the best tatak tamaraw I had for my entire college it was very memorable and I commend FEUCSO for making all these possible.
Before the night ended, fireworks displays lit up the FEU sky as the whole crowd sang the FEU hymn to officially end the Tatak Tamaraw week.