Article by: Mari Guzman Photographs by: Charlene Mamaril and Mild Chawaliton

The IASAS Cultural Convention celebrates so many artistic endeavors that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between them and recognize the unique abilities of each CulCon delegate. To get insight into CulCon’s challenges and rewards, we interviewed senior delegates Gaea Morales and Joshua Soroño about their CulCon journey.

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Gaea Morales (Music Delegate/Vocalist)

BT: What was the hardest part about auditioning for CulCon?

GM: Every year, the hardest part is choosing a piece. I aim towards performing something that shows off my strengths as a vocalist and that I will also enjoy singing.

BT: What was the most challenging thing about preparing for CulCon?

GM: Since October, we [the vocalists] have been preparing five mass choir pieces, a solo, and the octet, which is the most challenging because you need to tune in with everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, adjusting your voice to create a more blended sound.

BT: How can you use your CulCon experiences beyond high school?

GM: From CulCon, I have learned that you have to be internally motivated to succeed with things like music because it requires a lot of practice and it’s a constant self-evaluation. So that sense of resilience and intrinsic motivation to keep going, regardless of faults, is something I can carry on into college.

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Joshua Soroño (Forensics and Debate Delegate)

BT: How have you prepared for IASAS?

JS: For extemporaneous speaking [crafting a seven-minute speech regarding world affairs in under thirty minutes], I’ve prepared by training, speaking, and, most importantly, reading articles. Articles serve as your database for issues around the world, so they need to be relevant and useful to your team.

BT: What do you look forward to this IASAS?

JS: I look forward to bringing home something for ISM!

BT: How can you use your IASAS experiences beyond high school?

JS: I think extemporaneous speaking is valuable because it helps you understand world issues and your global community. This helps you find your way in the world because, once you find out what’s going on out there, you find out what you want to do and what you can do.

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