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De La Salle Innersoul serenades for healing and hope in virtual concert “Dapithapon”

With the ongoing pandemic, De La Salle University’s (DLSU) premier pop vocal group directed their audience towards nostalgia through their first virtual concert #iSoulDapitHapon

By Jella Gonzaga, and Marinel Peroy | Friday, 30 April 2021

Directed by Vincent Mallari, “Dapithapon” can be interpreted in various ways. Every song can make you reminisce both the good days and heartaches, feel empowered, or simply appreciate solitude whilst striving for high hopes. As the live concert narrated: "Ilang pagsubok na naman ba ang tatahakin?... Sa wakas, nakita ko na ang dulo ng bahaghari." 

Shifting from bops to mellow symphonies, the show walks you through different stages of emotionslively in more upbeat melodies, hopeful in softer tunes, and empowering in the  harmony of each of their individual voices. Each performance offers a different vibe and storyline which makes it further entertaining to watch and listen to. 

Tranquility for the soul

With a myriad set of songs, the virtual concert featured original compositions, as well as local and international medleys.

The performers who sang their hearts out all have their own proud and distinct titles which they easily confirmed in the showJohn Marco Pronto who sings like no other, the “Sonic Diva” Anna Benitez, the “Crown Princess of Inspirational Pop” Ameera Bejasa, and the “Divine Nightingale” Jeanie Catulay. Other performers included were “R&B Duchess” Charizza Acuña, “OPM’s Golden Robin” Vhianne Ramos, “The Voice of the Generation” Phoebe Cadiz, “Vocal Supreme” Katrina Casia, “The Ultimate Vocal Performer” Karch Abueg, and the “Ballad Songstress” Leira Lopez.

Furthermore, one of their new original songs include “Bibitiw,” which was performed by Benitez, Acuña, Lopez, Bejasa, and Rayhanah Decampong with lyrics by Franz Louise Santos and music by Mallari.

Other notable songs they performed with their own rendition were:

  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel 
  • Dahan-DahanMedley by IV of Spades and “Umaaraw, Umuulan” by Rivermaya
  • “Better than I” Medley by David Campbell and “His Eye is on the Sparrow” by Lauryn Hill, Tanya Blount
  • Sa Ugoy ng Duyan by Lucio San Pedro
  • Magkakabalikan Medley: “My Valentines” by Jim Brickman and “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay” by Ben&Ben
  • “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco
  • “Some Nights by F.U.N.
  • “Love is a Wonderful Thing” by Michael Bolton

In the Green Giant FM Innersoul Special podcast episode, “Dapithapon” serves as a metaphor. “We want to tell everyone that even with what is all happening at some point of our lives, we can still find solace, at least in music and in the arts,” Bejasa explained.

You need not be disappointed as the whole concert experience will exceed your expectations. Despite its online modality, “Dapithapon” deserves praise for its commendable editing for each song performance. 

The talented editors behind these include: Benitez, Pronto, Decampong, Lopez, Leila Caro, Mico Imperial, Emman Rivera, and Samantha Eguia who worked together even with different styles, therefore, creating a very entertaining show. 

The show’s visuals seemingly served its purpose to feel like a real-concert experience, despite the shift into virtual platforms. From light technicalities and choreography to the sound arrangements, each performance felt fresh and was able to establish smooth transitions that could have been easily awkward otherwise.

Furthermore, not only giving spotlight to Innersoul’s vocal performers, but “Dapithapon” also features groups from DLSU’s Culture and Arts Office including La Salle Dance Company-Street (LSDC-Street), LSDC-Contemporary, LSDC-Folk, Lasallian Youth Orchestra, DLSU Chorale, and DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild. 

Overall, the virtual concert serves as a platform for a breeze of tranquility even for a short amount of time. Recuperate from the distractions around you by witnessing the astounding performance of DLSU’s Innersoul, which is filled with optimism, empowerment, and hope radiating before your screens. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Tickets are  Php 190 each. Don’t forget to catch the remaining shows scheduled on: 

April 23 at 5:30 p.m. (via YouTube Live) 

April 24 at 5:30 p.m. (via Animospace)

For more information, kindly contact Anna Benitez at 09164122512. 

This article was originally published on April 21, 2021 at The Benildean's Facebook page. Click here to view the Facebook post.

Last updated: Monday, 3 May 2021