In line with the annual activities initiated by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) in Central Visayas, the MHAM chorale proved once again their singing prowess as they landed the second spot under the MedRythmia category last October 16, 2016 at the SWU Coliseum.
MHArMony, an official choir group of MHAM established in 2015, bagged the first place during the MedRythmia competition on the same year, besting other medical schools in Central Visayas.
This year, they compete with Cebu Institute of Medicine, Silliman University Medical School, UC College of Medicine, SWU Phinma School of Medicine, UV Gullas College of Medicine and Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine.
This year’s group singing tilt winner was bagged by the UC College of Medicine while the Silliman University Medical School placed on the third spot.
Anatomic in Clinical Pathology Department Chair Dr. Annette L. Salillas in an interview said that unlike other participating schools who relied on professional choreographers and conductors, the MHArMony excelled on their own way as they were just the ones who choreographed the entire performance. To complete the package, one of them served as the conductor.
“Our students really did their best and looking at it positively, they have shown an indomitable spirit of sportsmanship because they were even the ones who told me that there is always a room for being a winner as they look forward to make it next year. In the same way I always believe that in every contest, the winner really depends on the judges may it be judged objectively or subjectively. With the way things are, what is essential is that they always emerge as champion in our hearts wherein it is their attitude that makes them shine without the aid of seasonal competitions. It is just a matter of looking things in a more hopeful manner”, Dr. Salillas said.
Having been connected with MHAM since 1994, Dr. Salillas knows very well these students whom she described as explicitly talented. “With God-given talents and spectacular singing ability they possessed, these students can become good physicians in the future rooted from their capacity to manage their time between rehearsals and studies”, she added.
In a separate interview with a second year Fil-Am MHArMony member Ludwig Ancheta Parlade who joined the chorale late last year, he lightheartedly expressed how they did their best during the competition. “We all worked hard and it showed and manifested it in our performance as we did it very well. We dedicate a lot of time especially in between exams and case presentations and we all sacrifice time for practice and it paid off for us. We had to figure out time management normally on Saturday evenings or two to three times a week. Nothing’s ever perfect but there is still a lot of good time next year”, said Parlade.
Meanwhile, 23-year old Keren Eulyna C. Bicar who is also the current representative for APMC said that in general it takes a lot of sacrifice to achieve something. Based from the audience’ feedbacks, the MHArMony excelled among the rest during the recent competition with a broadway theme. “Before going inside the coliseum we prayed first in unison, asking for acceptance to whatever the judges’ decision will be. As the official school APMC representative, I opted to be neutral about whatever happened during the awards night but nevertheless, I still look forward to bringing home the trophy next year. On top of this, this annual inter-medical school competition serves as a break for medical students to enjoy and have fun without having to face our books”, said Bicar who came from a musically-inclined family.
This active APMC representative also conducted a choir back in her preparatory years aside from being sporty. She was part of the MHAM football and swimming teams during this year’s MedLympics which was held last month. She also added that the APMC is now planning for next year’s lineup of activities that will eventually keep the alliance among medical institutions in Central Visayas alive and active.
At present, there are forty MHArMony members who will be given a five percent discount as they applied for a scholarship program from the school administration. Moreover, they are also expected to render the newly-composed MHAM HYMN during school events and other school-related activities. (Ana Liza Abao)