By Lordom Grecia (Class 2021)
On February 23, 2018, One’s True Nature (OTN) held Malaya, an open mic night celebration, at the second floor of the Medical Students’ Union (MSU) building.
Malaya, headed by OTN’s applicants, featured spoken word performances and soulful serenades amid a chill vibe and homey ambience. There was pizza, chips, juice, and water for all who attended. With Raphael Fudolig (Class 2022) serving as master of ceremonies, the evening began with opening remarks from OTN’s Chairperson, Pardau Valerio (Class 2020).
OTN’s Vice Chairperson, Chiara Yap (Class 2022), performed first with an original spoken word piece full of disdain for social constructs, followed by Pardau Valerio, who sang Adele’s “All I Ask”. Special guest performer Sam Changcoco went next, performing three original spoken word pieces ranging from heartrendingly painful to blissfully romantic, sometimes within the same piece.
Maita Fernandez of Class 2022 performed next, with something she described as more of a monologue-slash-open-letter than poetry, but as poignantly emotional nonetheless. Next was Juri Faulan (Class 2022), who performed two original poems. She had recently performed her first poem Bato in class, gaining the praise of Dr. Francisco Anacleto. Claire Suarez (Class 2022) then serenaded the audience with her captivating voice, singing Clara Benin’s “Tila” a cappella.
Julia Esma (Class 2022) came next, with an original spoken word piece about how we learn so much about how the human body works and solving medical problems, yet so little about how to properly take care of ourselves. A lighter mood came about with OTN’s Membership Head Dave Patrimonio (Class 2021). He performed Yeng Constantino’s “Ikaw” on guitar, to which the audience sang along.
Class 2022’s Lalaine Quinan performed two original spoken word pieces. The first piece was a light and cheerful homage to her friend Jo, whom she had recently lost. The second was entitled My First Alphabet, a piece tackling a child’s confusion for not conforming to society’s constructs about gender roles, emancipation, and romance, among others. An impromptu performance by Hans Bondoc (Class 2022) followed. He shared some childhood experiences about his singing and sang “You’re My Song” and “I’ll Be There For You”, the latter of which he dedicated to his friends.
Jecelle Masula (Class 2022) performed a spoken word piece written by her classmate Jer’m Angobung, which she delivered with such passion that it was almost as if she had written it herself. Maita Fernandez then went up with another spoken word piece, this time not of her own writing. Lordom Grecia (Class 2021) came next, performing two original spoken word pieces brimming with emotions that his hands were shaking the entire performance.
Jer’m Angobung came next, also performing two original spoken word pieces. The first piece was as emotionally charged as the piece performed by Jecelle Masula, while the second was a more cheerful piece promoting his home province of Isabela. The night’s last performance was a rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me” by Raphael Fudolig, with Julia Esma on guitar.
As the night drew to a close, a token of appreciation was given to the guest performer Mx. Sam Changcoco and closing remarks were delivered by Membership Head Dave Patrimonio.Malaya was a night that saw the transformation of the MSU’s second floor into a beautifully comforting room that served as a safe space for self-expression, where an abundance of food, feelings, and talents were shared among all those who attended.
Malaya was a night that saw the transformation of the MSU’s second floor into a beautifully comforting room that served as a safe space for self-expression, where an abundance of food, feelings, and talents were shared among all those who attended.