The annual Himig Pinoy competition took place last night in the Rudolf Rahman Cultural Center in the South Campus. Himig Pinoy is a competition in which contestants sing songs composed by Filipinos. The competition is held by the university among the different college campuses, including the elementary and high school campuses. A new addition to the competition this year was the duet rounds for the high school and college categories. The judges this year were Ms. Tracy Tarrongoy-Morrow, Jiggs Ceballos Ambrad, Rommel Abella and Jude Gitamondoc.
The competition began with a production number involving all the candidates singing along to Ryan Cayabyab’s “Kay Ganda ang Ating Musika” and Leah Navarro’s “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit”
Opening the competition proper was with the elementary round with Christel Palatan representing the South Campus, Stephanie Luna representing the North Campus and Jeena Balbona representing Montesorri. In the end, Luna’s rendition of Sheryn Regis’s Follow Your Dream bagged her first place with Balbona taking first runner up, and Luna taking second runner up.

Following the elementary category was the high school category with Angela Mabitad representing the South Campus, Julia Morre representing the North Campus, and Carhrihl Coyoca representing Montessori. Mabitad’s version of Ella Mae Saison’s Till My Heartaches End brought the house down and won her first prize with Morre taking second and Coyoca taking third.

The college category followed after the high school category. Representing SAFAD was Jay Sagardui. From SHCP was Beralyn Omega, from SAS, Sarah Condrado, from SBE was Valerie Villanueva, from the SOE, Stephen Abing, and from the SED, Mar Joseph Go. After an intense battle of vocal power and control, it was Sarah Condrado from SAS who sang Basil Valdez’s Ngayon who won the grand prize with Omega of SHCP taking first runner up and Jay Sagardui of SAFAD who took second runner up.

After the college category for the solo rounds ended, the high school duet category began with Zeanyl Soco and Alyssa Valena representing the South Campus, John Peralta and Caroline Ocampo representing the North Campus, and Tyrone Manlangit and Ansherina Alfafara representing Montessori. In the end, it was the power duo from the South Campus who bagged the title with the North Campus representatives taking second and the Montessori couple who took third.

Right after the high school duet category, the college duet category began with Mark Ranoa and Zamira Gomonit representing SAFAD, Michael Banogon and Nicolette Shan from SHCP, Dominic Guyot and Shara Servande from SAS, Jose Bacasmas and Angel Canazares from SBE, Gl Casinillo and Emily Villa from SOE, and Dave Eroy and Lorena Cambarijan from SED. After one breathtaking performance after another, the couple from the School of Arts and Sciences took home the gold with the pair from SOE taking the silver and the duo from the SHCP taking bronze.

The night ended with the cheers of the South Campus students, whose representatives took majority of the gold, and the students from SAS celebrating the double victory of both their representatives taking the gold.

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