The students of Silliman University Medical School (SUMS) proved they are good not just in practicing health care inside hospitals and clinics but also in mesmerizing the crowd as they brought four Filipino festivals last Aug. 18 on stage at Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium in their cultural variety show entitled, “SUMSARIBA: Festivals of the Philippines.”
The show was a two-hour competition among students of the SUMS featuring a two-hour tour of the Philippines through its festivals in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The sophomores emerged as champion after their performance of “Yagyag Festival of Sibulan, Negros Oriental.” Yagyag is a festivity that highlights spawning rituals for land crabs such as “Cagang” and “Alalasan” along the shores and riverbanks.
The performing group mimicked the courting, mating and spawning or releasing of eggs of land crabs or “yagyag.” Members of the group acted as crabs searching for mates through a mating movement known as “birig-birig.”
Acting barrio folks then came in and celebrated while holding their baskets for the abundant harvest the spawning of crabs have brought.
The winning team bested three other year levels and brought home P10,000 cash prize.
The juniors ranked first runner-up with their “Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City”; freshmen placed second runner-up with their “Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City”; followed by the seniors, third runner-up, who performed the “Inagta Festival of Siation, Negros Oriental.”
The night of festivals ended with a unity dance and the SUMS faculty members’ Flamenco dance.
According to the SUMS Variety Show Chairperson, Noelah Marie Akut, festivals are close to the heart of every Filipino and they wanted to make Sillimanians from different parts of the country, to feel closer to their home by letting them see once again the festivals from their hometowns.
Akut also shared that it wasn’t easy to realize the whole event since medical school students have tight schedules.
“It’s big because it’s not always that you can see the medical students perform on stage as if trained performers. We squeezed practices and trainings within busy schedules like preparing for exams, reports, and other duties. We made sure that every performance was worth watching and we prepared for it with all our hearts, minds, and bodies,” she said.
The president of the winning year level, Jazstein Tubio, also shared that their win was a surprise for them since their busy schedules have given them few hours to practice and prepare.
The variety show is an annual event since 2009, organized by the medical students from SUMS in line with Culture in the 5Cs of the university.