FILLED with song, dance and poetry, this year’s Night of the Arts (NOTA) kicked off the month of March with the theme “Sneak Peek” at the Fort Bonifacio, BGC, Taguig City. Ateneo Law School (ALS) students and friends flocked to Arts in the City, either to showcase their talents in the performing arts, to support their friends and blockmates or to simply enjoy and have a good time.
The Ateneo Law NOTA is an annual event organized by the Student Council (SC) where law students get a break from the daily grind of academics and share their talents in the different areas of the arts.
In line with the night’s theme, student-performers, alumni and their friends, presented numbers inspired from hits of Broadway and the silver screen.
SALSA, the law school’s premiere dance organization, composed of both students and ALS alumni, opened the program with a ballroom number, “Time of My Life” from the hit movie-musical Dirty Dancing. In the middle of the show, SALSA ladies showcased a sultry routine through Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango.”
Also a NOTA staple, the Ateneo Law School Choir captivated the crowd with their rendition of “All I Ask of You” from the Phantom of the Opera and “Somebody to Love” from the Ella Enchanted soundtrack. Outgoing seniors and resident soloists, Paje Davide (4A), Ben Ty (4D) and Nayie Caga-anan (4A) showcased their vocal prowess and fascinated everyone with their delivery of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables.
Guests also rocked out to the performances from various bands playing soundtracks from the movies. Some bands were composed of ALS students and their invited friends outside the law community—#TheSims (Imman Panganiban of 4A and friends) and The Viktorz (Kevin Baldonado and Abe Guinigundo of 4A and friends)—while the others exclusively came from the pool of law school talent. The freshmen were represented by Art. 19 (Raffy Bonoan, Erlces Cuizon and Torc Torcuator) and the graduating seniors, by the bands Illuminado (Vincent Aureus and Nayie Caga-anan, Lorenz Corpus, and Meg Castillo) and Presbeatz (Arik Abu, Ian Drilon, Neil Eustaquio and Julian Presbitero).
Solo talents graced the night as well. Kristine Cruz (4C) serenaded the crowd with “La Vie en Rose” from Wall-E and “Falling Slowly” from Once, Alyssa Lamorena (4B) belted out “Let It Go” from Disney’s newest box-office hit Frozen, and Angel Britanico (1C) charmed the audience with her Ukulele rendition of “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway hit Wicked, and “I See the Light” from Tangled. However, the most striking performance of the night went to Kathleen Gatdula (4B) for her passionate delivery of her very own poem entitled, “Dear Thesis.”
Having a share in the spotlight too, the outgoing student-leaders of the SC entertained spectators with High School Musical’s “We’re All In This Together,” as well as a powerful version of “Listen” from the movie Dream Girls by Second Year Batch Representative Cyndy Dela Cruz (2D).
Not to be outdone by the students, Atty. Poncevic Ceballos represented the law school faculty with his ballroom dancing and rendition “My Way.”
To close the night, SALSA once again took the stage and engaged the audience with their hip-hop skills by dancing to the beat of Honey’s “I Believe.”