Raining on the parade: UP lanterns awe spectators despite weather

by Misty Pegram

Dingas was the theme for this year‘s Lantern Parade in Diliman. Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Dingas was the theme for this year‘s Lantern Parade in Diliman. Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo courtesy of DZUP 1602.

With the looming weather and the rain already beginning to fall, the few hours preceding the day’s main event seemed bleak.

Distinct sounds of marching bands and Christmas music left the crowd in joyous anticipation, yet things only began to brighten up when colorful floats of different shapes and sizes started circling the University of the Philippines’ Academic Oval.

 

Held December 14, the annual Lantern Parade, with the theme “Dingas: Adhikaing Diliman, Adhikaing Bayan,” drew in thousands of students and spectators to celebrate both the Christmas season and the official end of the semester.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

 

The parade, led by the ROTC Symphonic band, made its way around campus, stopping at different key locations such as the iconic Palma Hall, the Vinzons Hall and the Melchor Hall before reaching its final destination for a program at the UP Amphitheater.

The College of Engineering bagged the first spot in the university-wide competition with a lantern depicting the Oblation with a blazing heart surrounded by lights dancing along to upbeat music.

This was followed by the colorful sarimanok-themed house of the College of Architecture, which caught the attention of the audience as it disassembled to give way to performers dressed in the fashion of the Moro bird.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

Gaining third place was a float exhibited by the National College of Public Administration and Governance, which depicted a blazing sun above several buildings.

Taon-taon mas nagiging kahanga-hanga ang mga maniningning at malikhaing float (Each year we are more awed by the bright and creative floats),” UP President Alfredo Pascual said during his speech for this year’s program.

Meanwhile, films that ignited a spark for national progress became the central theme of the lanterns hailing from the College of Fine Arts.

Photo by Hannah Paguila.
Photo by Hannah Paguila.

Still revolving on the university-wide theme of Dingas, popular Pinoy movie characters were paraded in the college’s floats from the classic Dyesebel to the cult-followed Heneral Luna.

However, it was Panday, Asiong Salonga and Juan Tamad who earned first, second and third place in the college’s separate competition.

Aside from showcasing creativity and skill, the floats paraded around UP Diliman also sent various messages and calls coming from each college’s respective advocacies.

Made from recycled CD’s accompanied with television screens, the float of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) showed the media’s role in fueling the spark needed to create change.

Clad in yellow, the students of the college also remained united in their stance against the persistent culture of impunity with banners held high as they called to stop killing journalists.

“The  essential structure is really the microphone and the (televisions) surrounding it,” Ria Tagle, chairperson of the CMC Student Council, said in describing the college’s lantern. “Mamaya, mas makikita how through our medium we create a spark (Later, we will further see how through our media we create a spark).”

In line with media killings, the UP Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan sent a booming message through its military tank-designed float crafted by Toym Imao, the visual artist behind this year’s fiery Oblation design for Dingas 2015.

The tank was meant to remind people of the darkness brought about by the Marcos dictatorship and the rampant human rights violations during the Martial Law.

Showing their support for the Lumad, the College of Arts and Letters’ lantern portrayed the Bagobo’s myth of the Minokawa, which tells the story of a massive bird attempting to swallow the moon and forcing the people into darkness.

As a representative of the plight the Lumad are facing today, the portrayal of the myth carried was accompanied by a performance from the Lumad children.

Kahit may ulan, kahit may bagyo, ‘di yan makakapigil sa dingas na nagbigay ng liwanag sa dilim (Even if there is rain, even if there is a typhoon, it will not stop the flame that gave light in the darkness),” said Chancellor Michael Tan in his message during the program.

Explosions of red, green, yellow and blue spreading across the sky signaled the close of the 2015 Lantern Parade.

With it, students, faculty, administrators and visitors were reminded that although the event was finished, its blazing theme to ignite change in society would continue as a message for spectators to carry on the university’s culture of honor and excellence in service of the people.

In tune with its theme, the Lantern Parade is simply a manifestation of this culture, and at the end of the day, the challenge lies outside the university.

After all, it only takes a spark to fully ignite a flame.

IN PHOTOS: The crowd during the Papal Visit

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NO FLAGS ALLOWED. Police confiscated on Friday a flag of China from a citizen of said country as it may block the view of other devotees who want to see Pope Francis. The Chinese national and his Filipino friends were promised to get the flag back after the Pope’s convoy. Veejay Calutan/TNP

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TIGHT SECURITY. Given the possible safety issues during the Pope’s visit, security has been tightened in the SM Mall of Asia Complex. Aside from uniformed men, K-9 units and volunteers in white shirts also helped out on security and crowd control. Metal barricades were also installed to ensure that the Pope’s convoy will have a safe space to drive on. Jan Karlo Ynion/TNP

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BOOMING BUSINESS. Some vendors saw the Papal visit as a profitable business opportunity. Merchandise featuring Pope Francis was hard to miss during the duration of the visit. David Tristan Yumol/TNP

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MESSAGES FOR THE POPE. Devotees and militant groups brought banners and flags carrying their sentiments and wishes. Jude Valdez/TNP

OSSS: the unsung hero of students’ tuition discounts

The Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) serves as the hall of verdict for our socialized tuition discount and scholarship applications.

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Photos by: Justin Romero, TNP Resident Photographer

UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY – For some, they are the messenger of good news; while for others, they speak the curse of debt.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Services (OSSS) serves as the mediator, processor and verdict announcer for our socialized tuition discounts and scholarship applications. OSSS executes “policies and guidelines approved by the Board of Regents on scholarships and financial assistance programs,” according to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs website. Socialized Tuition System applications, student loans, student assistantships and scholarships are programs handled by the office.

Regardless of the nature of news they bring about our applications or appeals, the OSSS provides extremely crucial services to students from all walks of life, and its humble office located at the third floor of Vinzons Hall is one of the must-go places for every student at least once in their UP life.

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Pre-enrollment days may be their peak work season, but the work of OSSS extends to the rest of the academic year. Students visit the office to process their loans, tuition discount appeals and scholarship applications.

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The office maintains an overwhelming amount of paper documents especially during the days of Socialized Tuition Financial Assistance Program (STFAP), wherein students usually submit hard copies of application forms and supporting documents.

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Prof. Niel Kenneth Jamandre heads the Office of Scholarships and Student Services. Jamandre also teaches Speech Communication classes under the UP College of Arts and Letters.

For more information about the office, you may contact OSSS through telephone numbers (632) 928-7228 and (632) 981-8500 local 4504 to 4506.

Diliman profs approve calendar shift

The University Council (UC) voted to approve the implementation of the academic calendar shift in Diliman in their meeting today at the GT Toyota Auditorium.

Photos by Demerie Dangla and Anjon Galauran, UP Aperture

The University Council (UC) voted to approve the implementation of the academic calendar shift in Diliman in their meeting today at the GT Toyota Auditorium.

The UC is composed of professors, associate professors and assistant professors within the campus. A total of 284 voted yes to the shift, 164 voted no, while eight abstained.

Outside the auditorium, student groups staged a protest against the academic calendar shift.

The CTRL + SHIFT ALLIANCE appealed for the UC to junk the proposed calendar shift. The incoming University Student Council, meanwhile, called to postpone the implementation, following the results of a university-wide survey.

The Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body of the UP system, is set to finalize the decision in their meeting on Friday, March 28. Once approved, classes will start on August starting AY 2014-2015.

The board earlier approved the calendar shift in other UP units on February 6. –Melissa Luz Lopez