Tao Rin Pala 44: Decades Tell Tales Through Time

Photo taken by Iya de Claro

by Iya de Claro (Class 2023)


The rainy Friday of 24 November 2017 saw the UP Medical Students’ Society (MSS) holding its 44th Tao Rin Pala (TRP).

Hundreds of medical students, faculty, and staff of the UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) community, as well as guests from various institutions, gathered at the Fleur de Lis Auditorium at St. Paul University Manila to celebrate the long-awaited annual event.

The theme of the program, Decades, featured performances with sub-themes starting with the 1900s up to the 2010s. The event was hosted by Hans Bondoc of Class 2022, Pia Arevalo of Class 2021, and Sam Fusingan and Kyle Eugenio of Class 2019.

UPCM Class 2022’s heartwarming opening number

Photo taken by Iya de Claro


The night started off with the College of Medicine’s freshest members, Class 2022. The 10-minute long performance featured the stories of couples in different circumstances across the years, from the war years and Martial Law to the “Love Wins” movement.

The rest of the performances, featuring the classes, organizations, and departments of UP-PGH, proceeded chronologically based on their sub-themed decade.

UP Meridian performed for the 1900s, the Regionalization Students Organization and Class 2021 interpreted the 1910s, and the Medicine Student Council and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology danced to the 1920s.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s dazzling performance

Photo taken by Iya de Claro


The UP Physician Scientists Association danced for the 1930s, UP PAGSAMA for the 1940s, Medical Students for Social Responsibility-IPPNW (MSSR-IPPNW) for the 1950s, and Class 2020 and the Department of Internal Medicine for the 1960s.

UP PAGSAMA dancing to the ‘40s

Photo taken by Iya de Claro

The Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity performed for the 1970s, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority and UP Agape for the 1980s, and the Department of Pediatrics and One’s True Nature for the 1990s.


Phi Kappa Mu fraternity performing for the ‘70s

Photo taken by Iya de Claro


The last stretch featured Pangkalusugang Lingkod Bayan for the 2000s, Classes 2023 and 2024 and the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity and Sorority for the 2010s, and the Department of Surgery back to the 1970s.


The Department of Pediatrics, featuring children performers

Photo taken by Benjo Kho


There were also a handful of special performances throughout the night. The UP Medchoir performed “Dancing Queen”, UPM Indayog danced to a medley of Tagalog songs, UP MedRhythmics performed a dance battle between two groups of medical students, and UP MSS itself capped off the night with a performance of its own.

The UP MSS Band also went back to TRP’s roots with their rendition of Buklod’s “Tatsulok,” after MSS President Reg Mag-Usara’s speech on the current state of the country as similar to that during Martial Law. TRP began as a means by which students could creatively speak out against the abuses of the Marcos regime. Given the state of the Philippines, with the present administration’s extrajudicial killings and recently concluded ASEAN conference, MSS once again returned to its proactive roots.


UPCM Class 2020, best in performance and the champions of the chorale competition

Photo taken by Iya de Claro


In the middle of the dance performances was the chorale competition, entitled Orasa, Ang Dakilang Maestro. Part of TRP’s tradition, the competition featured Classes 2022, 2021, and 2020 singing their original chorale pieces. It was hosted by Dondie Casanova and Aljohn Gonzales, both from Class 2019.

The UP MedChoir kicked off the contest by performing last year’s winning piece, Class 2020’s “Ang Ating Pangako, Kanilang Habilin.”


UP Medchoir’s special performance before the chorale competition

Photo taken by Iya de Claro


Class 2022 performed first with their song, “Handog.” Class 2021 followed with their piece, “Isang Taon, Isang Segundo.” The last class to perform for the chorale competition was Class 2020, with their song “Ang Tadhana ng Medisina.”

At the end of the night, awards were given to the various performances.

Class 2022’s opening number bagged the People’s Choice Award. Phi Lambda Delta Sorority’s dance won Best in Choreography. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s mix earned Best in Musical Score, while the same group’s sparkling garb earned them Best in Costume. Alvek Ecaldre of Class 2022 was hailed Male Stunner of the night, while Stephanie Parades of Class 2023 won Female Stunner.

For the chorale competition, Class 2022 won best in attendance, while Class 2021 bagged best original chorale piece. Class 2020 won Best in Performance, as well as overall Champion for their second consecutive year.

Overall, the event was a great success. Throughout the whole night, the crowds cheered on the wide array of performances. Laughs were shared, tears were shed, and memories were made.

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