Hagikhikan 2014

The many phases of La Diva.

(MAR. 4)—It was a great way to cap off Diliman Month.

After a three-year absence, the Diliman-wide faculty talent show, aka Hagikhikan, was staged on February 28 at the University Theater. Two shows, a 3 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. gala performance was arranged.

More than 200 UPD faculty members from 14 academic units presented musical numbers ranging from cute to screwball to downright shocking, trading in their usual attire for stockings and outrageous wigs.

The evening kicked off with an explosive opening by the UP Pep Squad with all-out performances by professors Danilo Silvestre and Mary Delia Tomacruz.

This was followed by an extensive performance by Professors Amador Peleo IV, Jan Robert Go, Kerby Alvarez and Cathlyne Joy Alvarez from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, who danced to a medley of 90’s pop hits.

Mixing fantasy with pop culture, the College of Education did a small skit where young lovers “Chichay” and “Joaquin” are sucked into an alternate dimension and tempted by various characters to the tune of “Legs” by Hagibis and “Macho Man” by the Village People.

Professors Yasmin Almonte Lantz and Ma. Teresa Narciso from the College of Fine Arts staged a divine dance diva showdown, to the music of Shakira and Beyoncé.

The College of Home Economics and School of Library and Information Studies joined forces in a Wicked and Frozen-themed number, with two “witches” portraying the bonds of sisterhood and the power of a truly fabulous wardrobe.

Hagikhikan heavyweight College of Arts and Letters (CAL) presented a jungle-themed number, with the performers assuming the roles of animals and dancing to Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

True to form, the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) performed a yoga-and-pole dancing routine, displaying the full and flexible benefits of regular exercise.

Hoots and catcalls accompanied the entrance of the College of Architecture, who have become known for their naughty routines and manly men.

The College of Engineering added a little bit of shadow theater to their usual skit, ending the routine with a dance number.

The School of Statistics, College of Social Work and Community Development, Asian Center and School of Labor and Industrial Relations joined forces to present a classroom-themed routine, playing for laughs the class divide and tackling the most important query of every school day: where to eat.

Each number was met with ear-deafening applause, as nearly all of the students in attendance were seeing the show for the first time.

A surprise guest appeared in the form of UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, who sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley and “When I’m Sixty-Four” by the Beatles.

The undisputed star of the night was La Diva, a character created by College of Arts and Letters Dr. Jovy Peregrino, who kept the show running and underwent close to 10 costume changes.

According to estimates by the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), who produced the event in coordination with the Hagikhikan faculty committee and through the support of the Office of the Chancellor, over 3,000 tickets were sold throughout the day.

By the 7 p.m. gala performance, the 2,000-capacity University Theater was bursting at the seams, with close to 2,100 people coming to watch.

For the second time since the event was made Diliman-wide, the two shows were liveblogged and documented through Hagikhikan’s official Facebook accountand fanpage. The University Computer Center rolled out an experimental no-proxy WiFi just for the show.

Unlike previous performances where audiences left the venue after the show, this year they were invited to the stage to take pictures with the performing professors. The Faculty Follies was originally an activity done only by CAL faculty. In 2007 the show was made Diliman-wide in preparation for UP’s centennial year. The last Hagikhikan was held in 2010.—Anna Regidor, images by Leonardo Reyes and Jefferson Villacruz

See event photos here.

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