With brushes, tune, and rhythm, Visayas State University (VSU) secured numerous wins by landing in the top five ranks in visual arts and music categories during the second day of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC-8) Regional Culture and Arts Festival, held separately at the VSU Amphitheater and VSU Convention Center, yesterday, October 19. 


VSU showed its strength in musical talent as the singing duo Joshua Dayandayan and Nathanie Jade Estrera bagged 1st place in the Vocal Duet Music Competition, Music category. While Dayandayan also clinched 2nd place in the Vocal Solo Pop competition. 


In the same Music category, the VSU Chorale Ensemble, a group of 20 members, landed third place in the Choral Music Competition, singing the official contest piece, Manlagsak Takon Amin, a Kalinga folk song. In addition, a group of musicians, consisting of seven members completed fourth place in the Live Band (OPM-Reggae) competition; and two Viscans, Rapunzel Angelie Malalis, and April Pearl Chiong both finished fifth place in Vocal Solo Kundiman and Instrumental Piano Solo, respectively. 


For the Visual Arts category, Kyle Gamboa bagged 2nd place in the On-the-Spot Acrylic Painting Contest. 


Meanwhile, for the Dance category, Leyte Normal University (LNU) bagged first place in the Contemporary Dance Competition, with Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) in second place and Samar State University (SSU) third. Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) and Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) secured the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. 

For the Philippine Folk Dance, Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT) earned first place, followed by LNU in second place and SSU in third. While NwSSU and SLSU finished in the fourth and fifth places.

In the Hip-hop Competition, EVSU clinched first place, with the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) in second place and SLSU in third. SSU ended in fourth place and Biliran Province State University (BiPSU) placed fifth.


The festival of culture and arts will resume today with the performing arts events as the last highlight of the festival. This will conclude with competitions such as the Short and Sweet Play and Radio Drama. The overall champion of the event will announced during the closing ceremonies.

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