In memory of Valerian Joannes
By Jude Toyat
A TRIBUTE CONCERT TO HONOUR the late Valerian Joannes, one of the victims of the recent earthquake in Sabah, was held by Technology College Sarawak (TCS) on June 14.
Held in collaboration with Leema and ERA fm at CityOne Megamall, ‘A Tribute to The Fallen Heroes of Aki Nabalu’ mini concert was an initiative of TCS lecturers and students in honour of Valerian, an alumni at the college.
According to TCS chief operating officer Amin Aznizan, it was also to convey their condolences to his friends, family, and the college alumni that studied with him.
“When we heard that he was a victim of the earthquake, I strongly felt that TCS had lost a hero. This is something that we would like to do to give back to him and his family to remember him and know that the late Valerian will always be with us and remembered.
“We admire his actions, valor, and bravery. He risked his life to help others and that is something that we should all be proud of. We will always remember him as a hero and an icon who has inspired so many,” he said in his speech.
After observing a moment of silence, CQ Music talents including Lydia Shafrina, Alfairez J, and Nadhar Zaid Ahmad and Jarrett Chin performed a musical tribute.
The concert ended with local singing star from reality TV show Mentor Legend 2014, Mal Imran who delivered a touching performance of Anuar Zain’s Perpisahan that moved the audience to tears.
A slide presentation of Valerian and his involvement with the college was shown by TCS’ Student Council.
Augustine Nyandang, Valerian’s close friend, delivered a eulogy.
“Valerian was a very outgoing person, happy and always smiling. He loved sports and singing. He was a committed person in whatever tasks he handled. Our heartfelt condolence goes out to his family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person.
“We’ve lost a friend but heaven gains an angel. Rest in peace our beloved friend, you’ll be missed,” he said.
Valerian was born in 1987 and died at 27 years old.