In Focus: Lantern Parade 2011

by Amapola Española and Patricia Denise Chiu

Lights and color pierced the cool December night as different institutions of the University of the Philippines marched in the 2011 Lantern Parade, which was themed “Isang Unibersidad, Isang Komunidad (One University, One Community).”

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This year’s first prize went to the College of Home Economics for their gazebo-like lantern which showcased native couture through the use of traditional materials. The College of Arts and Letters’ Jose Rizal-themed lantern won second prize, while the sarimanok-inspired lantern of the Asian Institute of Tourism took home the third prize.

Winners of other university-wide competitions held throughout the month were also awarded. The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy placed first in the Karolfest, an annual inter-college choral competition, while the College of Law and the College of Engineering took second and third places, respectively. The National College of Public Administration and Governance won the belen-making contest.

Meanwhile, the College of Fine Arts, whose lanterns are the most anticipated, brought out a series of floats themed old and new, which included snacks, games, dolls and heroes, all with a Filipino twist.

A five-minute fireworks display sponsored by the Beta Epsilon fraternity closed the 89-year old traditional parade which ushers in the university’s Christmas break.

Photos by Gian Suyat, Elle Cabiling, Eunice Abique and Joshua Dalupang.