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Serendipity: An afternoon with the JHS Glee Club

March 4,2016

We, as human beings, tend to look for things we consider as the “ideal”. You would consider yourself as an organized person if you had your own version of the complimentary planner we get every school year in your mind. Other than having a planner where you put your deadlines for your projects or long tests, you would be considered “driven”, if you had a planner for your life — if you had your dream university planned out, what course you’re going to take, when you plan to get your driver’s license, or get your Master’s degree. Planning is part of our lives, and some people would believe that in order for one to be successful, he or she has to have a “life blueprint”. In this busy world today, one would usually be apprehensive about the thought of “destiny” or “happy accidents”; the only accident one would usually think of focuses on an unplanned turn for the worse (such as leaving your notebook, or your homework at home, forgetting to bring your ID, etc.).

While the officers of the Glee Club were thinking of a theme or title for our culminating concert, truth be told, we couldn’t get our brain gears to work creatively. We had several attempts at titles, all of which sounded a bit off to one’s ear, and our best suggestion at the time was “Music Merienda”. As much as we found it “cute” to listen to, we were still partially unsatisfied with the tentative title. In light of this, we took out a dictionary, and turned to a random page. As our fingers skimmed through the fine paper of the aging Webster dictionary, we stumbled across the word “Serendipity”. And immediately, we felt our heart make a connection to the word. The word “Serendipity” is defined as the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. And we knew that if there was a word to describe our experiences in the JHS Glee Club, it would be “Serendipity”. Being a Glee Club member usually entailed versatility, responsibility, adjustments, hard work, and surprises. We thought that the Glee Club was a dynamic family. Every year, the veterans or some members would leave, and new members would arrive. This made the Glee Club feel “alive”, because it breathes the virtue of “change”.

This year, at least twenty new members passed the auditions and joined the chorale. Along with the handful of newbies that were excited to start rehearsing, there was also a new face in the club that everyone was anxious to meet —- the conductor. With the advent of school year 2015-2016, the Glee Club was eager to witness the unexpected comeback of the chorale’s past conductor, Dr. Carl Elmore Santiago Facto. As our days with our conductor turned into weeks, and those weeks turned into months, we had spent a lot of time adjusting to each other, working together, and forming the team our mentors wanted us to be. When we placed 4th in the annual Musikapella chorale competition, we began to realize the daunting fact that a year ago, we didn’t really expect that all this happy chances would occur.

As the school year drew to a close, and the month of February came, we began to have talks regarding our culminating concert. It took us weeks of planning with our moderator, and our conductor. It was undeniably stressful for all of us, but last February 26, 2016, at the St. Scho Chapel, our efforts proved to be worth it as we took the stage once more. Our repertoire included several sacred songs such as “Ubi Caritas” , “Sanctus”, and “O Magnum Mysterium”, pieces that we used for our competitions such as “Tilianan”, and “Muntik na Kitang Minahal”, and crowd favourites and classics such as “When You Believe”, “Let It Go”, and “Happy”. As we concluded the event, along with our conductor, moderator, and emcee for the day, Dr. Carl Elmore Facto, Miss Margarette Kean Villarin, and Miss Jara Morados, respectively, and posed for our traditional after-performance pictures, we couldn’t help but let out a contented sigh as we closed this year’s season. Throughout this whole year, if there was one thing we had realized, it was to take life and opportunities as they come at us. We learned that we didn’t have to understand at the moment, we just needed to have faith in our superiors, in each other, and in God.

That in all things, God may be glorified!

By Maureen Mae A. Bumanlag, 10-Order