Our featured guest writer is Mary Josebelle Alusin, a fourth year Mass Communications student from the University of the Philippines Cebu, who shares information about the upcoming Cookout 2012. This year’s organizers are inviting all who are interested to attend this fun celebration on August 10, 2012, at the UP Cebu open field.
UP Cebu Cookout 2012
The Cookout started in 1987, as a form of protest against the then dean. It was an activity among students who gathered, celebrated and entertained themselves through cooking (literally) and discussing other related issues concerning the university. Because of its history and impact, the Cookout came to existence and eventually became a yearly celebration. Every year, it raises, addresses and advocates for a specific social issue to be conceptualized in a form of entertainment.
With its active student involvement, the Cookout organizers came up with four segments that showcase the talents of students in dancing (SAYAWAN), singing (KANTAHAN and BANDAHAN), and creative modeling (RAMPAHAN). They went on further to invite Cebu-based bands and performers to perform on stage.
This year, the University of the Philippines Cebu Student Council (UPCSC) together with Spectrum Productions brings once again the grandest and most awaited event among college students and music enthusiasts in Cebu – the UP Cookout 2012.
UP Cookout 2012, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, carries the theme “Iskonek. Reboot the system. Start up!” Iskonek relates to the different relevant issues about Internet usage such as the correct use of the social networking sites as a platform for social activism.
“The unprecedented power of the internet medium should be utilized properly in raising social consciousness among Filipinos. Filipinos should transcend merely on tweeting or posting status updates about what you do and where you go when using social media. Rather, it should be a platform for social fora and activism,” said King Anthony Perez, Vice-Chairperson of the Student Council.
Despite the problems faced by the production team last year, this year’s celebration will surely be one of the highlighted Cookouts that UP Cebu has ever celebrated because of the tireless efforts given by the students.
“The Cookout has always been grounded on why we hold it in the first place and that is to voice out our call for change about a certain issue. Since last year, Spectrum Productions have always been faithful to this call and we are honored to celebrate its silver anniversary and continue the legacy that the first Cookout started 25 years ago. Last year, heavy rains somehow intervened with the production. But this year, I guarantee UPians and Cebuanos that the rain won’t stop us. Cookout 2012 will be worth the wait,” said Charisse Gay Ursal, Over-All Director of Cookout 2012.
UP Cebu-based student organizations will also take part in the four traditional Cookout competitions in singing, dancing and modeling. This will show how creative the students are in depicting their respective ideas in the issues concerning the usage of Internet.
UP Cookout 2012 is set on August 10, at the University of the Philippines Cebu’s college grounds from dusk till dawn. There are four segments and each segment has its own twist to add flavor in every performance on stage.
The performances of Sayawan, which segment has been named WII MOVE, will amaze the audience with how the theme will be depicted through a mixture of krumping, hip-hop and contemporary dance routines.
This year’s Kantahan, which segment is called iTUNE UP, does not only showcase the usual singing talents but performers will also have to do rapping, which has never been done through the history of Cookout.
Bandahan, or the YOUTH-TUBE segment, performers will play mashed-up songs, which are not your usual band songs.
And, the Rampahan segment, entitled TWIT-WEAR, will have models who will be creatively wrapped up in sci-fi costumes, which depict the Cookout’s theme.
Cookout 2012 will also be featuring prominent Cebu-based performers like Dance with Me Kris, Decadance, Doorknob, Drop Decay, Spanghew, Shuffled, Bethany, Missing Filemon, Powerspoonz, Rescue A Hero, Gestalt, and Foc Fashion.
Entrance for UP Cebu students who are enrolled for this semester is free. Non-UPians will have to pay Php80 to experience and join the party.
Lots and lots of surprises are still to come. Get more updates and announcements by liking the event's Facebook page (UP Cookout 2012). Special freebies are waiting to be given away so don’t you miss the chance of winning these special prizes.
With this year’s advocacy, students’ performances and guest performers, Cookout 2012 is going to be the ultimate celebration, a different kind of entertainment. It's definitely a must-watch, you surely don’t want to miss. See you there!