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Date: November 21, 2016Posted by: Marionette Martinez

St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA was “bonggastiks” performing in Bandastiks, a musical competition of Philippine alumni associations, in New York City. The Paulines, along with Green Beats (De La Salle), Iskulbluekul (Ateneo De Manila), Snooky’s Bakdor 345 (Xavier University) and The Reginas (Assumption) performed in the Philippine Center of the Philippine Consulate on Friday, 4 November 2016.

Bedecked in the school checkered black and white uniform colors, The Paulines’ program included an adapted Bandastiks version of Happy Days, Sunlight, Umagang Kay Ganda, 70s Medley of You’ve Got a Friend, You’re So Vain and Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All, culminating with Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

The Paulines Ensemble was made up of Paulinians, Marilyn Abalos (Manila), Bambi Diaz (Pasig), Myrna Guia Gutierrez (QC), Patsy Santiago-Schultz (Manila) and Guia San Jose (QC), together with “Paulynesians,” friends of SPMA, Boston Dolina, Kathy McMurray, and Dobi Veloso. Pianist Bobby Ramiro was the musical director with Titchie Sarabia on percussions. Cristina Sison served as Production Manager.

Bandastiks was formed by La Salle and Ateneo alumni associations in New York for the purpose of fostering camaraderie among alumni in a competitive but fun event through music. Ateneo’s Iskulbluekul won the competition based on audience applause.

“Ateneo and La Salle have been known for its competitive rivalry back in the Philippines, not just in sports like basketball, but in other areas as well. Even after we have graduated from our respective schools, it is really amazing the connection Ateneans and Lasallians have here in New York,” Ner Martinez shared. “We are so proud to be part of Bandastiks because it shows that both schools, who are bitter rivals, can collaborate together as one in showing their love and pride for their alma mater in a friendly competitive environment.”

“It is great fun to perform in Bandastiks,” Marilyn Abalos said, “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our community of support and friendship, not only among our alumni, but equally important with other alumni groups in the US. At Bandastiks, we can revel and enjoy our love of music, fellowship, and alma mater!”