The DLSU-D Symphonic Band held their annual concert entitled Animusika 8: Melodies of the Wind last February 17, 2016 at the Ugnayang La Salle, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. This year’s theme promotes environmental awareness which offered a movement of music for a cause.
The event started with a short message from Bro. Gus. From man’s destruction up to the hope in reviving our nature, the repertoire includes What a Wonderful World, Power of Love, Rossy Roy, and Hopetown Holiday which they played together with the Citizens’ Brigade Band of Dasmariñas (CBBD). Performances also of other Performing Arts Group (PAG) are also in line with the theme of the concert. Teatro Lasalliana shared their musical performance from their upcoming concert, Filipiniana Dance Company showing off the Philippine’s rich cultural heritage, Chorale with their powerful vocal chords as they sung Man in the Mirror and Points ‘N Flexes in their riveting symbolic dance routine, also an exclusive performance from Cavite’s Trap Beatz.
The fun didn’t end there when they bombed audience with raffle surprises and Art d Co. gave away La Salle shirts, jackets and bags to the first ten lucky winners to like their page during the draw.
The inspiration behind the concert was not only to raise funds for One Lasalle and PAG scholars but also to gain sustainable results. The Symphonic Band partnered with DLSU-D Communication and Media Society, DLSU-D Environmental Resources Management Center, Lasallian Vigilance for Environmental Development and DLSU-D University Student Council provided every ticket with a seedling. Wherein the audience could claim it and plant it on their own or unredeemed stubs are automatically considered a donation to DLSUD- Environmental Resource Management Center. The LS Verde together with the Symphonic Band conducted a tree planting event at Georgetown, Sampaloc III last Saturday February 20. Project head Jan Chito initiated, “dapat ay tumulong naman tayo sa kalikasan para sa ikabubuti ng mundo at nating lahat.”
The band practiced and prepared for the concert for about a month and a half which Jan considers a short period of time. Regardless, the performances were superb and exceeds the limit of Lasallian talents. “Hindi kami sumuko,” said Jan.
The concert would not have happened without the help of the PAG members, outside performers, conductor Leon Magno Gelle and Symphonic Band with their alumni members Keith Honrade and Rounel Bulilan. Many of which inspired and encouraged the group to continue the event despite challenges and hardships. Proving that Lasallians continue to work as one. Jan remains optimistic and advises everyone to do what you want and never give up. Many were doubting if the event would succeed due to the limited preparation time and Symphonic Band proves them wrong. “Alam namin na kakayanin basta magtutulungan kami,” Jan justified.
The concert for the environment ended with a meaningful message from Symphonic Band President Carlo Rementilla, “we did our part so I hope you do yours.” Indeed, the melodies can only be heard if we are one with nature; and being one with nature means caring for the environment.