"PUP Paskuhang SayAwiTugtugan" Is a Befitting Christmas Celebration FinaleChristine Bautista, PUP Campus Observer, Volume 1, Issue 2, January 2012
The faculty-and-administrative fellowship, which the committee wittily dubbed “PUP Paskuhang SayAwiTugtugan” (Sayaw, Awit, Tugtugan), brought the festive mood to the University Christmas celebration, making it a befitting finale to the occasion and a joyous kickoff to the coming year.
The December 16 social gathering held at the PUP gym began with a doxology sung by Mr. Emil Cruz of the PUP Bagong Himig Serenata. Inspirational messages on the theme “Pasko sa PUP 2011: Ipagdiwang nang may Pagmamahalan, Pagkakaisa, at Kapayapaang Pinapatnubayan ng Maykapal” were given by Officer-in-Charge Estelita Wi dela Rosa and Overall Chair Roland Viray.
Great excitement among the audience heightened as student bands and cultural groups from the University Center for Culture and the Arts performed Christmas songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, signalling the start of the muchanticipated SayAwiTugtugan of the three competing groups: faculty, administrative staff, and satellite-campus faculty and staff. The performers from the satellite campuses made a wonderful impression as they danced to the tune of “Macarena,” one of the most popular dance hits of the ‘90s. The audience literally roared when Francisca Viscaya made her way to the center stage as the administrative group played and sang Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Not wanting to be outdone, the faculty group, a tough competitor, also wowed the audience with its rendition of songs from different eras.
The competing groups were well-represented at the Board of Judges composed of Dr. Armando Torres from the satellite campuses, Dr. Evangelina Seril from the faculty, and Engr. Ronald Fernando from the administration. The administrative group, the consistent winner of the fellowship competitions of the last three consecutive years, did it again this year. Hurrah for the administrative group!
An encore performance from the contest winner had brought the house down before the program concluded with a raffle and the annual BINGO.