Although great action is taken to right the wrongs of Marcos Regime, some pieces of this former government will continue to breathe in our society today – some are heard just a little louder in certain corners. During the early 80s, then first lady Imelda Marcos was all about beautifying the country and made to spread this concept across the nation, making schools and universities cooperate especially. In compliance with this, De La Salle University pioneered to use a beautiful, chiming melody to ring in campus during change of periods. In fact, it’s the same one we hear today. The title? Beautiful Dreamer.
While this launched a trend among colleges in the following years, a study surfaced that the usage of this tune in repetition has been responsible for transforming the students towards the Lasallian image into the ‘beauty and brains’ of universities. The music, they say, made us prettier more than any other undergraduate in this country.
That may be subject to deeper contemplation but the idea of what tunes can do to affect the student population nonetheless intrigues, so we asked some of the students what melodies they have been dreaming of to play in campus. The Menagerie has rounded up the most interesting answers:
Star Wars Theme, also known as dandandan-dan-dadan (dan-dadan)
Only three notes make this hymn, but played together has made it into one epic tune. Get smoke machines, if you can, for this will make your classroom entrances better, bolder, heroic like the jedi you truly are. But there is a problem – everyone else would want to. But that’s a good thing. We can just become the force and as we approach that classroom, we must humble ourselves to learn the ways of the Jedi. What motivation. Although, beware: it can amplify the terrorness of a prof.
Selecta Tune or “tanaNAN-tanaNAN-tanananananan”
You are in your house, chilling. Then suddenly the ice cream tune approaches closer and closer. But you are not in your house, nor are you in your kalye. You are in school, and your butt bones are ready to relieve itself from this one and a half-hour class. The bell rings and by reflex, your heads turns and you say, “Ate, libre mo ‘ko ice cream.” One classmate is amused enough by your childlike request to respond, but it would be a long journey. La Casita’s on the other side of the world. You have no choice.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with dubstep, we must make an introduction. It’s “demon” music. It has this uncanny ability to influence your movements and make one step to the beat. If you notice hard enough, you could possibly hear a voice in the rhythm whispering a trance to your ear: dance, my puppet, DANCE! But who wouldn’t want to subconsciously move in a faster pace when you’re late for class? Getting down to the bass of Skrillex and Bassnectar could possibly pump us up for an extremely boring subject. Other than that, we would be blurring the lines of happy Thursday, making it happy week for it seems that there’s a party everyday. Now, if only our professors would breakdance to class…
Afro Circus (from Madagascar)
This addictive track is courtesy of a rambunctious zebra called Marty. Although highly recommendable for injecting energy to the tired transition of classes, it is not hard to imagine the consequences of this song in repeat.
Might we also remind you that the DLSU school bell is also heard loud and clear outside of the campus, including condos, restaurants, and even in the College of St. Benilde. Yet funnily enough, not in Andrew building.
Default or “brrrrriiiiiiiing! brrrrrrriiiing!”
Tried and terrifying – now, why didn’t we think of that? We suspect it’s due to the subconscious tariff we put on our old high school practices once we enter college, which explains why DLSU boys no longer sport prescribed haircuts or stay in computer shops to play DOTA. Or perhaps it’s because that (expletive) sound is pure obnoxious. You tell us.
On the plus side, it conveys a genuine concern for our absent minds on the way to class by reminding us to “bring, bring, bring.” Brrrrrriiiiiing your book, brrrrrrriiing your ball pen, brrrrriiiing your scientific calculator… boom! Academic excellence: brought to you by the school bell.
SM Supermarket Intermission
With the new SM building standing high and mighty at the center of campus as Henry Sy Sr., we can go a step further and install their PA system. Make no mistake: after the bell plays “Here at SM, we got it all for you!” we will make you do the routine every time, that is to clap and make thumbs up and say, “At your service! Yes!”
Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat by Daniel Padilla
We highly approve of this chart-topping, head-bopping, nose-bleeding song by our generation’s greatest pride (and prejudice). Since his first appearance in the hotdog commercial, he has made us ridiculously happy and we cannot get enough even after the previous night of playing his song on YouTube while we lie on our beds, romancing at the ceiling and dreamily delaying our homework (after, of course, hitting his picture with darts). We shall have it, but on one condition: you cannot sing the lyrics with “neseye ne eng lehet…” Or maybe you would, because you’re medyo bad boy or girl.