Great music deserve great performances. Truly, that is what Handel's Messiah shared to those who were able to witness its annual performance at the University of the Philippines Diliman theater last December 10, 2013 in the celebration for the Christmas Season.
Amihan Studios is delighted and proud of our fellow Filipinos delivering such spectacular performances rich in pure talents, culture and practices of Filipino people.
With such elegance and class the following Musical groups participated to this remarkable event.
2.UP Cherubim and Seraphim
3.UP Concert Chorus
4.UP Los Banos Chorale Ensemble
6.UP Madrigal Singers
8.UP Singing Ambassadors
9.UP Staff Chorale
10.UPCM Chorus Classes
There were also performances from exceptional talents such as Nikka Mae Lopez(Soprano)Elijah Marquez (Tenor), Agnes Barredo-Fenoll(Alto) and Marvin Gayramon (Baritone)headed by Ms. Edna Marcil Martinez as the Orchestra Conductor.
As Amihan studios takes it's journey to the world of animation, we are thankful for people behind events like this (staffs, music masters, choir members and organizers) that are inspiring, enriching and energizing our spirits to move forward in strengthening the Filipino identity, Filipino values and Filipino people. Thank you, Handel's Messiah!
I am staring at the vast galaxy before me...somehow thinking what would the stars do if they are human like me...The conciousness of humanity lies in the very essence of our mystery. We still dont have an answer about tthe bigger questions of life and why we exists. For thousand of years, many great human civilizations come and go. Each civilization is presumably greater than the previous one int erms of tools, the way we build things, the way we calculate things. But despite these supposedly great changes in human history, one undeniable truth remains - that somehow we haven't change how we interact with one another.
Though our technology progressed, our way of thinking and behaving somehow stuck in the ancient evolution of humanity. Our emotional well-being, our psychological make-up is basically the same though we have now a bigger brain in volume. Indeed one can say that the advancement of our technology doesn't necessarily mean an advancement in our human psyche.
As a species, we evolved dramatically intelligent but emotionally poor. One can say these things, because after all the advancement in most of the aspect of human civilization we still face basically the same problems in our everyday life,in our relationships with each other and other species,and in our relationship with ourselves.
On the other hand though, the human psyche is very complex to understand. While we just sitting or walking or dancing, there are trillions of trillions of calculations thats happening inside our body let alone our mind. And when we do just tiny changes in our activity, another trillions of complex data is running through system. Indeed we are complex. But one must say, we are using our complexities to know, not to understand.
To understand the human psyche is to understand the basic concepts of our existence. Perhaps thats where the problem lies, we never really try understand one another. Everyday, right after we are born, we are bombarded by information, advertising, commercialization, among other things.
These so-called basic necessity of life is always present in out daily lives. we seen it on TV, we heard it on the radio, we feel it all around us. And we are left thinking that these things are the essence of our existence. We somehow numb ourselves with all these corporate media telling us to buy things we don't probably need.
We created a system outside of ourselves. And we keep on searching for something, and the sad truth is we don't really know what we are looking for, as if something is gone inside us and we somehow hoped that these things to buy can lessen the burden of the mystery we are in. We are the only species who doesn't cooperate with each other yet we labeled ourselves as intellectuals, the top of the food chain. We somehow lack order in our mind and it manifests in our thougths, in our words, in our action. And the worst part is that we don't even know it. We are blind to see the essentials of life.
We are blind to see the intrinsic value of the web of life existing around us.
We only care for ourselves, our wallets, our waistlines.
We are numb in the heart.
We are numb in the spirit because of the artificial system we created that we thought is ok and now has become the most important thing for us.
The human psyche is still in its infancy. What is happening in the world today like global warming and human trafficking cannot be solve by technology. Because the technology must have a mind acting upon it to exist and to work. The problem we face today is not a political issue, nor an economic issue but is more of a moral issue. If we still allow these issues to happen, even though we have lots of data supporting that we must change our ways in order for our planet to survive and everything in it, then we do really have a problem in our way of thinking. Without a home, everything that we hoped and dream for will be in vain.
Most of us think in terms of numbers, as if numbers govern our daily lives. Our own definition of existence dwell on the tangibility of things. If we can measure and quantify it, we allow our shelves to think it exist. How can we quantify beauty, creativity, trust or freedom? Yet we longed for these things and some of us are willing to die for these ideas to surface into the commonality of human existence.
When I was a child, i used to think that the world is so big and full of wonders. Wonders that anyone can hardly imagine. I like the idea of flying up into the clouds and touch it. And I remember thinking that I can actually sit on it for as long as I want. It is quite majestic to look at the clouds, as if they are telling you something, something that was long-forgotten by most of us. Its beam of light from the sun is quite astounding, revealing the sun slowly, contemplating gracefully. I wonder whether a cloud can talk or not and if it can, what will it say to me? What secrets of the universe will it reveal to me?
Now, I am in this culture where there is a need for speed. A culture that has no time to contemplate, as if we invented something that will kill us if we slow it down. Everything is instant. Instant gratification, instant message, instant husband, instant wife, instant baby, instant noodles. And almost everything has a formula, a formula on the emotions and thoughts of humanity. We are govern by these set of formulas and somehow proclaim them as our god. But the question in my mind is that, does these formulas really can summarized the complexity and beauty of our existence? How is it that something so big and complex can fit into charts, lists and formulas? Now don't get me wrong, while the importance of having a simplified version of things can somehow help us understand our daily lives, but can it really fuel our souls, our hearts to go on living? Can it really help us comprehend or rather feel the things that is beyond measurement, beyond understanding, beyond the corner reaches of our very soul? Can it really help us see the truth of our existence?
I told you about clouds because they remind me of how things were, when I was kid. Far away from all this never-ending race to nothingness. These visual poetry in the skies are just taking there time, as if they all have the time in the world, as if they are reminder to sometimes slow down and relax a little bit in this fast-paced culture that we created. The clouds reminded me to break-free from the chain that was wrapped around me. Breaking free from the cage of human turmoil of who is better than who. Breaking free from all the formulas and start to sense things differently.
A single thread in a tapestry though its colors brightly shine, can never see its purpose of the pattern of a grand design.The stone that sits on the very top of a mountain's mighty face, does it think it's more important than the stones that forms the base? Tell me, if a man loses everything he owns, does he truly lost his worth, or is it just a beginning of a new and brighter birth? Where does our value of life lie? How can we see what our life is worth? We cannot look at it in the eyes on men. But instead, look up and jump in the clouds, unbound yourself from the invisible cage and see your life through heaven's eye.