Bandastiks was formed by La Salle and Ateneo alumni associations in New York for the purpose of fostering camaraderie among alumni in a competitive but fun event through music. Ateneo’s Iskulbluekul won the competition based audience applause.


“Ateneo and La Salle have been known for its competitive rivalry back in the Philippines, not just in sports like basketball, but in other areas as well. Even after we have graduated from our respective schools, it is really amazing the connection Ateneans and Lasallians have here in New York,” said Ner Martinez.


“We are so proud to be part of Bandastiks because it shows that both schools, who are bitter rivals, can collaborate together as one in showing their love and pride for their alma mater in a friendly competitive environment.”


“It will be great fun to perform in Bandastiks,” said Marilyn Abalos, “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our community of support and friendship, not only among our alumni, but equally important with other alumni groups in the US. At Bandastiks, we can revel and enjoy our love of music, fellowship and alma mater!”

(Photos by Rolan Gutierrez)


St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA was “bonggastik” performing in Bandastiks, a musical competition of Philippine alumni associations, in New York City. The Paulines along with Green Beats (De La Salle), Iskulbluekul (Ateneo De Manila), Snooky’s Bakdor 345 (Xavier University) and The Reginas (Assumption) played at the Philippine Center in the Philippine Consulate on Friday, Nov. 4th.


Bedecked in the school checkered black and white uniform colors, The Paulines’ program include an adapted Bandastiks version of Happy Days, Sunlight, Umagang Kay Ganda, 70s Medley of You’ve Got a Friend, You’re So Vain and Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All, culminating with Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.


The Paulines Ensemble was made up of Paulinians Marilyn Abalos (Manila), Bambi Diaz (Pasig), Myrna Guia Gutierrez (QC), Patsy Santiago Schultz (Manila) and Guia San Jose (QC) together with “Paulynesians,” friends of SPMA, Boston Dolina, Kathy McMurray and Dobi Veloso. Pianist Bobby Ramiro was the music director with Titchie Sarabia on Percussions. Cristina Sison served as Production Manager. 


Marilyn Abalos (SPUM), Katherine Murphy, Patsy Santiago Schultz (SPUM) and Boston Dolina
Bambi Diaz (SPU Pasig) and Myrna Guia Guttierrez (SPU QC)
Marilyn Abalos, Sylvia Lavadia Javier and Patsy Santiago Schultz, (SPU Manila)
Dobi Veloso and Maria San Jose Guia (SPU QC)