Behooved to evoke admiration of the province’s tradition, the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) dancers artistically demonstrated the ritual using bamboo-containing water, dead chicken, a mat and a couple of stones for good health and eventually prosperous undertakings along the way. The host emphasized on the way people in Negros value things like this as a way to go about life’s vicissitudes.
Delegates all over the country felt the hype alongside NORSU dance group and chorale as the host institution invited participants to feel the warmth of the “Byaheng Dumaguete” experience at the opening of this year’s 9th Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) National Cultural Festival despite the rain that initially threatened participants before the parade.
Cheers were heard from each region—some had the grind; some had the simple clapping and yelling; some had the most inventive chant—all for the uniqueness of the opening day at the provincial gymnasium.
Colorful flags were justifying diversity in context but unified for the common goal of upholding PASUC at 50 years, which has driven all contestants to think about the means and ways of the organization that has brought all state universities and colleges in the Philippines strong despite circumstances for 50 years now. Quite a long journey indeed for such activities to preserve the very essence of moving forward for a better country that continues to put premium on cultural heritage.
Hinting at some victory for some of the delegations, the university cultural directors and other guests had their fair share of the show on the sidelines. Huddling together in front of the crowd showed unity amongst them as everyone is expecting camaraderie to surface in the entire event.
Unlike previous PASUC Cultural opening ceremonies, the pageant contenders were never showcased. The 30-minute show instead strategically favored the involvement of the audience especially toward the end as everyone were all on their feet. Multiple colors moved in delight in welcoming the possibilities of this year’s prestigious event that has brought dreamers and achievers alike into one venue. RM