Because talents need to be bragged.
Eighteen years ago, a group of innovative Pangudi Luhur (my school) students had an awesome idea. It was to make an event that functions as a platform for youths to showcase their talents.
This event would later be known as Pangudi Luhur Cup, commonly known as PL Cup.
Its eighteenth time.
Fast forward to 2016, PL Cup was about to be held for the 18th time. But this time, rather than using a generic theme that was already recycled quite a lot – 17th time to be precise! – we decided to be bold and themed this event Grecian Carnival, a mix of Greek and carnival.
The preparations took quite a while. Funds were needed, participants were searched, sponsors were begged. But ultimately, it was all worth it when the opening ceremony was held.
A total of 61 schools participated in our competitions, which include mini soccer, futsal, basketball, badminton, cheer leading, dance, drawing, singing, math, English, science, and computing. And for me? I’m the English and computing competition coordinator.
Being a foodie though, I don’t think the highlight of PL Cup was the competitions. For me, it was the food and drinks. I mean for a full week, we didn’t have to eat those crappy school food (although honestly my school’s food were awesome), instead we were given an option to eat real food!!! It was expensive though…
Another big plus for me was that we took great photos, thanks to the documentation team. Those new pictures in my now awesome Instagram feed are all taken by Sekar’s heavy, but awesome camera!
Good things had to end.
After days of tight competitions, it was suddenly the final day. At that day, I felt really weird because at one hand, I was glad that I finally get to rest.
But on the other, I was immensely sad. There will be no more delicious cuisines, great photos, and the overall festive feel of PL Cup.
However, no matter how much everyone wouldn’t want it to happen, it had to end. So, might as well end it with a bang! Every year, we have this tradition that states that PL Cup has to end with musical performances. And this year’s lineup was amazing!
We started with special performances by my school’s electives which didn’t lose out to the rest of the performers. And then The Matter Halo, an indie rock band, started performing. They had such great songs that will mesmerize any indie rock fan. Oh yeah, I also somehow caught the drumsticks thrown by the drummer. So, that’s great! 😉
Next, there was Rendy Pandugo, with a sweet and calming voice. And after a short break, DJ RBA performed with remixes from both domestic and international songs. In my opinion, it was the best performance out of the bunch. Why? Well, because we could jump around and dance (and possibly grind) like there’s no tomorrow.
The aftermath was not as welcomed though. You see, because I wanted to look dazzling on the last day, I decided to wear a white Vans. Yeah…You can see how it goes. It went from sparkling to a dense black.
But even though we were thoroughly exhausted, there was one more performance after that. It was by the legendary Andra and The Backbone. They delivered such a spectacular performance ranging from songs from the 90’s to songs that were made literally yesterday!
A family to be proud of.
After the performances, all coordinators huddled in the main field. A lot of us cried and the ones who didn’t were holding it. Most people would be wondering why we did that.
Well, although the answer might differ from one another, I think it was because this was one of the last memories we’ll ever make together. Being the last year of Middle School, we only had 7 months together. After that, we will be going on different ways. 🙁
But apart from that, I can proudly say that PL Cup XVIII is a success. Although some skeptics said we would fail, we proved to them that we can do it, as a team.
Watch the aftermovie made by the awesome documentation team!
Your Runaway Panda.