Written by: Katrina Tan and Pamela Uy
Spanning over 9 months, the creation of Mandopop Music Festival Season 3 was a feat in and of itself. Despite the many hurdles with the creation and preparation of the project caused by the pandemic and the ensuing online shift, the project was nevertheless a success.
From teaser photos and videos, to the actual live-streamed event, the Mandopop Season 3 team put their best foot forward to show everyone the different sides to the Filipino Chinese culture. The event showcased the less commonly celebrated musical aspect of the culture, while keeping things fun and approachable by featuring modern songs–all originally in a language other than Chinese, and then translated to and sung in Chinese. (Blue Bird by Chen Le Yi, Back to December by Taylor Swift, Water Fountain by Alec Benjamin x Zhao Lusi, Psycho x Bad Boy by Red Velvet, Ikaw by Yeng Constantino, and Yellow by Katherine Ho).
The night began with a message from the president of Ateneo Celadon, Chris Go. Then to energize the audience, three lively hosts launched into the first round of the night’s game, 4 pics 1 song, where the fastest commenter would receive a prize from the event organizers. Afterwards, the esteemed judges of the night were introduced namely, Jessie Supelana, Gimbey Dela Cruz, and She Sy, together with the criteria for judging. The show then began and the battle for the best ensued, starting off with a performance from one of the soloists. The event also had three guest performers–Alyssa Natindim, Joshe Tiu, and Kris Gonzales, who serenaded the audience with their amazing talent.
Following the finalists and guest performances, words from the aforementioned judges, and some words of gratitude from the project managers of the event, the night concluded with the much-awaited awarding ceremony. The winners were announced starting off:
Second Runner-up: Ethan Laburada & Sienna Juliano
First Runner-up: Helene Sy
People’s Choice Award: Jamie Mangaoil
Champion: Maraya Virata & Jamie Mangaoil
All in all, one could say that the Mandopop team achieved its goal of sharing the Filipino Chinese culture to everyone through music. The biennial event will not return for another two years, but for now, the team would just like to say, 下次见! See you next time!