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

IN FOCUS: Justice for Kristel Tejada protest action

Various groups, led by the Justice for Kristel Alliance, staged a protest action Friday in Mendiola to commemorate the first death anniversary of Kristel Tejada.

Photos by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture

Various groups, led by the Justice for Kristel Alliance, staged a protest action Friday in Mendiola to commemorate the first death anniversary of Kristel Tejada.

Tejada was a UP Manila Behavioral Sciences freshman who took her own life on March 15, 2013 allegedly due to her inability to settle tuition loans. Her death was said to have inspired revisions to the UP Student Code’s retention policies.

The groups also denounced anti-student policies, particularly the rising cost of education and the academic calendar shift.

INQUIRY: 2014 USC Candidates

Get to know the standard bearers from UP’s three political parties who are aspiring top positions in the 2014-2015 University Student Council (USC).

Compiled by Dexter Cabalza and Celine Isabelle Samson

Photos from Kharina Mostrales and Raiza JavierUSC 2014

This article was earlier published in Botong Isko 2014, Tinig ng Plaridel’s special election primer. Read it here.

IN FOCUS: One Billion Rising 2014

The UP community, along with other sectors, celebrated the second year of One Billion Rising to end violence against women, with this year’s theme “Rise for Justice.” A program was conducted at Quezon Hall Friday, where various artists performed songs and dances in support of the movement.

Text and photos by Demerie Dangla and Anjon Galauran, UP Aperture

The UP community, along with other sectors, celebrated the second year of One Billion Rising to end violence against women, with this year’s theme “Rise for Justice.” A program was conducted at Quezon Hall Friday, where various artists performed songs and dances in support of the movement.

The event was named such because according to surveys, one in every four women around the world experience violence in her lifetime. The event was also celebrated simultaneously in different parts of the country and worldwide.

Lady Archers romp Maroons anew in UAAP Volleyball

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

by David Tristan Yumol

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Ara Galang led the Taft-based squad with 17 points, including 12 spikes. Team skipper Abigail Maraño scattered 11 points, while crowd darling Mika Reyes tossed in seven points for the Lady Archers, who are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

Team captain Angeli Araneta led the Maroons in scoring with 11 points, ten of which came from attacks. Katherine Bersola added 10 points but these were not enough for the Lady Maroons to make an upset.

La Salle dominated the first set with ease, but UP put up a scare in the second frame. The Maroons scored six unanswered points to lead early, 8-2. The Archers fought gallantly halfway through the set and came close at 13-12, but UP dropped three more points to secure the momentum in the second technical timeout.

DLSU came back with vengeance after the break, exploding with an 11-5 run through the efforts of Galang and Maraño to escape a close win in the second set.

In the third set, the Archers blazed in a commanding 12-2 lead to show their strength as the best team in the league. UP managed to score some aces midway of the set but the towering presence of La Salle stood out to end the match in a dominant style.

DLSU is three wins away from sweeping the season while UP absorbed its tenth loss in 11 games.

Lady Maroons out of UAAP Volleyball final four

The University of the Philippines is officially out of the final four after bowing down to the University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, in the second round of UAAP women’s volleyball Sunday at San Juan Arena.

Photos by Demerie Dangla

The University of the Philippines is officially out of the final four after bowing down to the University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, in the second round of UAAP women’s volleyball Sunday at the San Juan Arena.

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IN FOCUS: Oblation Run calls for disaster awareness

The 36th Oblation Run held Friday noon served as the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity’s (APO) call to help Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Story by Jinky Cabildo and Alliah Czarielle Guerra

Photos by Luis Adrian Hidalgo, UP Aperture

The 36th Oblation Run held Friday noon served as the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity’s (APO) call to help Typhoon Yolanda victims.

“We are urging for the reliable response for the government regarding the distribution of relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and to raise concern for the environment,” said APO publicity official Darien Mitchell Bas.

Hundreds gathered in Palma Hall to witness the iconic protest run.

With colorful masks and roses in their hands, roughly 40 members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity ran naked around the premises. 

“I think it was very brave of them to do that,” said Gabrielle Goebl, an exchange student taking up Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

“It was awesome! We don’t have this in Europe,” she added.

Statements written on the placards carried by the runners singled out issues such as government corruption, particularly the pork barrel scam, and misallocation of funds for disaster response.

The runners’ masks were also sold for P500 each with the proceeds going to Typhoon Yolanda victims.

While many come for the public display of nudity, the essence of the protest remains. Bren Panaligan and Miguel Ramos, both from Pamatasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, believe that the Oblation Run was effective in conveying its message to the crowd and also to the media.

The Oblation Run is an annual APO tradition that started out as promotion for the 1977 play “Hubad na Bayani”. Since then, it has become known a call for attention and action on pertinent issues.

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Katipunan schools unite against pork barrel

Students from the University of the Philippines, along with administrators, faculty, staff and sectoral groups joined their counterparts from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Miriam College (MC) Wednesday in the first endeavor of the Katipunan Kontra Korupsyon alliance against pork barrel.

By Bryan Ezra Gonzales

Photos by Demerie Dangla and Anjon Galauran, UP Aperture

Students from the University of the Philippines, along with administrators, faculty, staff and sectoral groups joined their counterparts from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Miriam College (MC) Wednesday in the first endeavor of the Katipunan Kontra Korupsyon alliance against pork barrel.

A short program was held at Quezon Hall before the UP contingent left for Gate 1 of Miriam College along Katipunan Avenue, where Ateneo and Miriam students assembled.

The Katipunan Kontra Korupsyon program was hosted by Eduardo Gabral of the Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP, Daniel Remo of the Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, and Erika Dumas of the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam.

Representatives from the three universities expressed their sentiments against the pork barrel system and the involvement of several public officials in the recent pork barrel scam.

The reading of joint statements from the student alliance and from the university presidents highlighted the event.

“It is high time that we put an end to the culture of corruption and patronage politics, which are embedded in the governance of our country for a very, very long time,” Dumas said, as parts of the students’ statement was read by representatives from the three schools.

University presidents also called for the rechanneling of public funds to basic social services, and invited the community to participate in succeeding mass actions of the alliance to call for greater government accountability.

“We strongly urge our national leaders from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to re-examine their use of discretion in the allocation and use of public funds, to probe into the deeper roots of the pork barrel scam, and to address in particular the culture of corruption that destroys ourselves and our communities, especially the poor,” said the joint statement of presidents Alfredo Pascual of UP, Jose Ramon Villarin SJ of ADMU, and Rosario Lapus of MC.

Activist Mae Paner, also known as Juana Change, praised the students for their awareness of the national issues and their active participation in the event.

Ang bukas ay inyo ngayon (Today, the future is yours),” said Paner.

To support the alliance, the Ateneo Musikero, MC Company of One, and UP Repertory Company gave performances despite the rain.

The gathering left only one lane of Katipunan Avenue accessible to vehicles, but despite the heavy traffic, drivers honked their cars in support of the protest.

Student leaders estimated 900 people participated from UP, 200 from MC, and 100 to 150 from ADMU.

Talks for the alliance started last week after the three university presidents called on student leaders to organize a collective action against the recent P10-billion pork barrel scam.

A similar alliance was formed 10 years ago, when the three schools united against the 2003 Iraq War.

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Maroons suffer 11th loss to Bulldogs

The University of the Philippines remained in the cellar after losing to National University, 79-62, in the second round of the UAAP 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

by Anton Onato

Photos by Luis Adrian Hidalgo

The University of the Philippines remained in the cellar after losing to National University, 79-62, in the second round of the UAAP 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks led the charge for the Bulldogs, scoring a season-high 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. With the win, NU tightened their grip on top with a 9-3 slate while UP has yet to win in all 11 outings.

“We have to be consistent. It’s not a guarantee that we’re number one and we have to relax. Every win is very important because of the tight standing,” NU head coach Eric Altamirano said.

UP was actually within two, 28-26, courtesy of Chris Ball early in the second quarter. But the Bulldogs leaned on timely triples from forward JJ Alejandro, to secure a 43-36 haltime lead.

The Maroons again rallied back trimming the lead down to three, 45-42, with 7:35 left in the third.

Then the Bulldogs went berserk and scored 12 unanswered points behind Parks’ excellent shooting, 57-42, and never looked back from then on.

Raul Soyud scored 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Joseph Marata added 13 points and five rebounds for UP.

UP will face the University of Santo Tomas on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Box scores:

NU 79 – Parks 30, Mbe 14, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Alejandro 6, Khobuntin 5, Villamor 4, De Guzman 4, Rosario 2, Javelona 2, Rono 0, Porter 0, Neypes 0

UP 62 – Soyud 17, Marata 13, Desiderio 8, Lao 6, Gallarza 4, Ball 4, Wong 3, Pascual 3, Paras 2, Harris 2, Asilum 0, Amar 0

Quarter scores: 24-19, 43-36, 64-48, 79-62