Tag Archives: Ateneo

Upcoming Event: Natsu Matsuri, A Japanese Summer Festival at Ateneo on March 31

 

Summer is almost here, and what better way for lovers of Japanese culture to welcome the season than to enjoy a fun-filled festival.  Coming this March 31 is Hinomoto’s Natsu Matsuri: A Japanese Summer Festival at Ateneo de Manila University’s Bellarmine Field.  With free entrance to to the event, everyone can get to experience a traditional Japanese summer festival through fun games, great food, and exciting live performances.

Film Students from Asia Gather in the Philippines to Co-produce Short Films

 

Another breakthrough in friendship and cooperation between countries awaits as The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the University of the Philippines Film Institute will be holding an exchange program for film students in Asia entitled …and Action! Asia #03 in the Philippines from February 26 to March 10, 2017, in cooperation with Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.  Here, nineteen film students from the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia will come together and co-produce short films within an eight-day production schedule in Quezon City.

 

Cirque XV Akimatsuri at Ateneo: Cosplay, Music, Outreach and a Lot More

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It was a festival of sights and sounds at Cirque XV: The Grand Finale held at Ateneo de Manila High School, an exciting end-of-semester experience showcasing lots of fun for everyone.  arkadymac.com was glad to be there to take part in the event as their media partner and equally glad to bring you scenes from our coverage.

 

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Organized by the class of B2015, Cirque XV: The Grand Finale was a  mini-fair where people can come and have a great time away from their usual mundane routine.  It’s also a charity and fund-raising event for the benefit of the Tulong Dunong Program which provides scholarships and assistance to those in need, so those taking part can just have a great time with their friends while supporting a good cause.

 

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There were fun attractions all throughout the venue, with parlor games, inflatables, a photo booth, folks on stilts, and a whole road  of food stalls and even food trucks.  There were colorful and unusual drinks on sale as well which we enjoyed tasting.

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Entertainment was never in short supply with the great performers lined up all throughout the night.  Home-grown and indie bands and singers rocked the people gathered at the promenade with cover and original hits.  Stef Aranas, Chairman Mouse, Stereoblind, Alyson, Ashley’s Kryptonite, Imelda and Sponge Cola had the crowd swinging, singing and pumping their fists, while off stage, the AA Dance Varsity and Indak wowed the crowd with amazing dance performances.

 

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Within Cirque XV was Akimatsuri, a cosplay event showcasing cosplayers from Ateneo as well as guests from all over.  There was also a friendly competition where cosplayers got to go on stage to perform in front of an appreciative crowd.   After their performances, they were interviewed by host M.K. Morreaux, herself also in cosplay.  

 

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After the competition the cosplayers got to mingle with the crowd and have fun at the fair like all the other guests.

 

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Was nice to see our good friend M.K. Morreaux there as host for Akimatsuri.  We did a shoot a while back and it was fun(ny) how we got to re-introduced.  

 

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Later that night there was a rave party with DJ Ciscos on the turntable, and capping the great night off was Parokya ni Edgar who got to perform a lot of their hits in front of an ecstatic audience.  Particularly amazing for me was their performance of “Bagsakan” where vocalist Chito Miranda rapped the parts of Francis M. and Glock 9 all by himself, much to the amazement of the crowd.  Everyone was cheering, shouting, headbanging, and singing along with the band who have their roots in Ateneo High School.  Their performance ran on for quite a while and with their last song,  Cirque XV came to a close, with the organizers thanking each and every one who came to the event.

 

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We had the chance to talk to the folks of B2015 who said it was just meant to be a small event.  From what I saw, it was properly organized and prepared for with an impressive lineup of performers, so I commend them for being able to pull it off without much trouble while providing the attendees a night to remember.

 

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