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City of Angels Café brings a new culture to Mount Saint Mary’s University

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Secretary 

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Kenneth Tarroza (left) and Richmond Vinluan sing an acoustic version of “Wonderwall.”

The city lights and string lights, wrapped around the outside balcony of Angel’s Amphitheatre, were not the only lights that lit the evening of the City of Angels Café event on April 8. Students, faculty, and family members felt enlightened by different Athenians who shared uplifting songs, short stories, and poetry. As the sun set behind them, the audience took their cup of hot coffee and crispy cinnamon churros and the stage opened up to those who felt inspired to perform.

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Flor Ordonez performs an original poem.

Students of different years, majors, and backgrounds found the courage to stand in front of their peers and share their pieces without judgement. Among them, Associated Student Body President Sean Balba serenaded a song as he played the acoustic guitar. Nursing student Richmond Vinluan, also grabbed an acoustic guitar and sang Oasis’ Wonderwall with student Kenneth Tarroza to follow the flow of serene music. Though several performed cover songs, students shared their original work with the public for the first time. Fearlessly, Flor Ordonez took the stage to present her original poem and Sydnei Jones performed an original song with her soft vocals and striking falsetto. Performers also recited short stories, speeches, and spoken word poetry they have written in the past.


Sydnei Jones sings an original song.

The City of Angels Café provides an intimate setting where students can share all forms of art in an open environment. Co-Founder Karen Gonzalez-Tapia said she is excited to “bring this event every year and make it a cultural event at the Mount” so that students can have a boundless platform of self-expression. With much appreciation from the performers and audience, The City of Angels Café will plan their next event and might collaborate with The Athenian Print to carry out this expressive evening. Many Athenians shared that they want to see more of the Mount’s singers, poets, and writers come together and show the talent and diversity of this university. Are you ready? 


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