by Riana Tumale
In its fifth year, the Center for Communication Arts’ annual spoken-word and music program, Kalopsia, was held on October 31, 2020 via Facebook Live. Titled “Kalopsia: Ad Invenire Lux,” this event served as a platform for Paulinian talents to showcase their surprising and haunting pieces through spoken-word poetry and music, as this very event takes place on Halloween night.
A roster of Paulinian students and alumnae have surprised and impressed the viewers with their spoken-word and musical performances. Spoken-word performers included Janina Esteban, Czarina Castor, Terry Bernardo, Mikayla Sanchez, and Bea Cuizon, and musical performers included Oblivion, Ciya!, Silakbo, Raissa Pujalte, and High School Faculty’s own Ms. Honey Jose. To end the event, a captivating spoken-word piece was performed by the Center for Communication Arts core officers for the student body, and a show-stopping musical act was showcased by the guest band Catharsis.
“With this event, we were able to further see and observe not just the talent of the students of those who are studying in St. Paul, but the whole Paulinian community, as we had various performers that ranged from the students to faculty to alumni. They were able to help us communicate the message that we wanted to [send to] the audience through their skills and talents in spoken-word and music, and they were the reason why this year’s Kalopsia has been extra special despite our situation,” says Center for Communication Arts President Julienne Cequeña.
“Although I initially thought it would be difficult to host Kalopsia this year given the circumstances, it was actually much easier to do so online because [the] Comm Arts core could handle everything themselves and we didn’t need an entire production team,” the Center for Communication Arts Vice President Indira Sowy, added.
Kalopsia has always encouraged Paulinian students to support and appreciate their fellow schoolmates’ talents and entertain them with spectacular acts. With this year’s theme, Kalopsia has indeed haunted its audience with its spooky yet captivating performances. To that end, Kalopsia remains a yearly tradition for the center.