Quezon City University Hosts Vibrant Culmination of Cultural Exchange with Indonesian Students

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Quezon City University (QCU) successfully concluded its cultural mobility and exchange program with a vibrant culminating activity on July 5, 2024. The event, which took place at the QCU Auditorium, featured students from Krida Budaya Universitas Indonesia and local talents from Tanghalang QCU. This event marked a significant milestone in the university’s international cultural engagements.

The ceremony opened with a rendition of the Philippine and Indonesian national anthems, as well as the Quezon City Hymn. These were performed by Tanghalang QCU, and Dea Rosa Kurnia and Michael Julianto from Universitas Indonesia.

Prof. Araceli C. Suyat, OIC-Head of the Center for Sports Development, Culture, and the Arts at QCU, delivered the welcome remarks. She expressed gratitude to the Indonesian guests for their partnership and anticipated an exceptional showcase of performances from both the QCU and Indonesian participants.

A highlight of the event was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between QCU, represented by Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, and Krida Budaya Universitas Indonesia, represented by Atty. Frank Adam “Thobby” Rorimpandey, Artistic Director and Choreographer. Dr. Atienza emphasized QCU’s dedication to fostering peace and harmony in Southeast Asia through cultural initiatives. Atty. Thobby, meanwhile, expressed his appreciation for QCU’s warm hospitality and looked forward to future exchanges.

The cultural performances began with the TQCU Chorale and dancers presenting traditional Philippine dances. This was followed by captivating solo performances by Kurnia and Julianto, who enthralled the audience with popular Indonesian folklore/songs. The event also featured collaborative performances that beautifully blended Filipino and Indonesian cultural elements.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the Indonesian artists and key QCU personnel who contributed to the success of the program. Dr. Joseph Viray of the Lakandayang Cultural Association and the Asia Pacific Consortium of Researchers and Educators, Inc. (APCORE), delivered closing remarks. He expressed hope for ongoing collaboration and the participation of QCU students in future exchange programs in Indonesia, highlighting the role of cultural programs in promoting sustainable communities.

This cultural exchange is part of QCU’s broader commitment to international collaboration, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 11, which focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. It was organized by QCU in partnership with the Lakandayang Cultural Association and APCORE.








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