(SPOT.ph) With its sprawling spaces, rows of acacia trees, and stately buildings, it doesn't come as a surprise that the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines is a favorite shooting location among filmmakers. Who can resist walking down memory lane just by watching Giancarlo Abrahan's Dagitab (2014) and Antoinette Jadaone's Alone/Together (2019)? The picturesque campus is once again featured in a now-viral dance video by JM Cabling and Daniel Wesley complemented by the song "Bawat Daan" by Ebe Dancel. The duo, also known as JM & Dan, is joined by members of University of the Philippines Dance Company.
The full clip is only available for watching through Facebook, but here's a teaser:
Pagpupugay para sa mga iskolar ng bayan na nagtapos ngayong araw. PADAYON! Bilang pagkilala sa inyong tagumpay, ang JM & Dan (kasama ng ilang mga kaibigan) ay may munting handog na pabaon para sa inyo. Abangan!!!??????????? #JMxDan #IskolarNgBayan #ServeThePeoplePosted by JM & Dan on Saturday, June 29, 2019
"We decided to make this video as a tribute to the graduating batch of the University of the Philippines (U.P.). This video is not only a symbol of triumph and celebration for graduating from one of the country’s top universities but more importantly, [it] serves as a reminder to our graduates of their responsibility to serve the people," they told SPOT.ph. The clip was released on Facebook on July 1, a day after the state university's 108th general commencement exercises, but was temporarily taken offline until they got permission from Star Music. It has since earned 26,000 views and almost 300 shares.
Aside from showcasing homegrown talent in contemporary dance, it also shows different spots inside the campus that play a big part in every U.P. student's life—such as the Palma Hall steps where indignation rallies are often held, Area 2 where you can find some of the cheapest meals in the university, and the Sunken Garden. By doing this, the duo hopes that the graduates "will always remember what U.P. taught them as Iskolars ng Bayan."
Walking the talk—or rather dancing the talk, the two dancers are imbibing the university's core values, honor and excellence, in everything they do. Cabling, who graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Music Major in Dance, now works as a choreographer for plays and musicals such as Himala: Isang Musikal and Mula sa Buwan. He won the Wifi Body New Choreographers Competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2014, Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koryograpiya Award in 2018, and Trudl Dubsky Zipper Award for Best Choreography at the CCP Ballet Competition in the same year.
Wesley, a third-year dance student, teaches hiphop at the VGU Dance Studio in Marikina. He was last seen onstage for Mula sa Buwan.
Duet Series #4
Tahan na, mahal. Ngiti ka naman nang konti. Ngayon, hindi ka na nagiisa sa laban. ???? Duet Series #04: With a Smile by Aiza Seguerra featuring Mike Villegas from The Reunion: An Eraserheads Tribute Album; Originally performed by The Eraserheads Dancers: Lance Reblando, Jm Cabling & Daniel Wesley Choreography: Jm Cabling Lighting Design: Joseph Jaime De Vera Direction: Mikko Angeles Nakikiisa ang JM & Dan sa #PrideMonth2019. Sama-sama tayong mag-#ResistTogether para sa love, freedom, and equality. Maraming salamat sa aming super special guest artist na si Lance (pwede ba isa pa next time? Welabyu!!! ????). We would also like to thank Teatro Ni Juan, Marikina’s premiere community theatre group, for welcoming us into their Tahanan. We do not own the rights to this music. No copyright infringement intended. #DuetSeries #DuetSerieswithJMxDan #JMxDan #ContemporaryDance #choreography #dancecover #WithASmile #Eraserheads #OPM #LanceReblando #PrideMonth #PrideMonth2019 #ResistTogetherPosted by JM & Dan on Saturday, June 22, 2019
"Bilang mga artista na hinubog sa U.P., sinisigurado namin na sa lahat ng aming likha at pagtatanghal, binibigay lang namin kung ano ang nararapat para sa aming manonood—walang daya, walang kulang. We also use our art to forward certain advocacies like our last offering for Pride Month. Kasama din sa advocacy namin to promote contemporary dance as an art form kaya gumagawa din kami ng mga dance covers na hiphop or pop music pero contemporary ang choreography namin. Basta whatever we do, kailangan pinag-iisipan at pinagtatrabahuhan. Bawal mediocre at 'pwede na'," they added.
Further emphasizing this advocacy to serve the people, the last few seconds of the video show Napoleon V. Abueva's sculpture titled "Three Women Sewing the First Philippine Flag. " Incidentally, this piece of art is located at the Tres Marias Plaza crossroads, with paths leading to the Amphitheatre, the U.P. Lagoon, the U.P. Carillon, and Vargas Museum.
"We decided that 'Bawat Daan' just fits this occasion perfectly. Graduations are crossroads. Graduates embark on a journey to the next chapter. Sobrang swak po ang lyrics na tungkol sa pag-alala sa pinanggalingan at pagsulong sa bagong landas. Kahit saan man sila dalhin ng tadhana, lagi’t laging babalik sa paglilingkod sa bayan," the duo said.
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