Monday, December 19, 2011

UP Lantern Parade 2011

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During college, I look forward to Christmas break.  It does not only mean that my favorite time of the year is about to come but it also mean that I have a time out from grueling examinations, professors and lectures.  More than that, I look forward for the chance to go home and spend a 2-week long vacation at the province.  But before boarding the plane, I usually wait for the last days of class at UP to witness all its activities before it slumbers during the holiday season.

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On its last day before the Christmas vacay, the UP Campus at Diliman holds the UP Lantern Parade, a competition between colleges, organizations and iskolar ng bayans of which lanterns, float and costume will be the star of the show.

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Assembly of Students, Teachers and Staff

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Assembly of Students, Teachers and Staff

With this year's theme:  Pasko 2011: Isang Unibersidad, Isang Komunidad, the  Lantern Parade aims to bring the university, its other campuses and the community together in a night of creativity, resourcefulness, and camaraderie.

Some of the floats I have seen are heroes.
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"Ding! Ang Bato!" - Darna

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Voltes V or Transformers?

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Pacquiao vs. Ali

Some TV and Movie icons
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Yaya Angelina

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Babae sa Balete Drive

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Tyanak?!

The audience also look forward to the parade of the members of Babaylan, an organization of gays, transgenders etc.
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Delegates from Babaylan

It is also an opportunity to meet up with friends that you haven't seen after graduation.
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College Friends

After judging, fireworks display awed the students, university employees and staff but there was a mishap at the last part.  Good thing our group were already on a jeepney on our way to find dinner, seeing the fireworks from afar.

I would like to leave you with a funny lantern, me and my friends kept guessing.  We only confirmed it when we asked the students holding it.

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What do you think this is?

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