By: Isabella M. A. Zerrudo
THE rain failed to put out the glow and sparks as the University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV) celebrated Paskua 2017 on Dec 13, 2017, in its Miagao campus with the theme “Padayon nga Paghiliugyon sa Malipayon nga Paskua”.
“As chair of the committee, we thought of continuing the call for unity especially now that there is a new administration,” said Prof. Martin Genodepa, vice chancellor for planning and development and chairperson of Paskua 2017.
The Christmas celebration after the end of the first semester has been a highly-anticipated and deeply treasured tradition not only in UPV but in all UP campuses.
“It has been a tradition of UP Visayas and the UP System to really hold a Christmas lantern parade and program, so we’re just continuing the tradition even if there are very few students now because of K-12,” Genodepa said.
UPV may have fewer students this year, but the streets of Miagao were lit just the same with lanterns of all sizes prepared by different student organizations.
The paraded around Miagao Plaza showcased the Christmas spirit of the country’s premier state university. The festive celebration featured two lantern contests and two performance contests by the student participants.
For the lantern contest, there were two categories; the Group Lantern category for the big lanterns and the Handheld Lantern category for the small lanterns carried by the participants.
The UPV College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) won the Group Lantern category while the UPV College of Management (CM) won the Handheld Lantern category.
The Parade Performance and Welcome Cheer Performance were both won by the CM which made them the Overall Champion for Paskua 2017.
The new UPV Chancellor, Dr. Ricardo Babaran, imparted his Christmas Message to the community before the awarding ceremony commenced.
Various student organizations also performed during the dinner segment of the program with dances and songs by UPV Sonata, UPV Rhapsody, UPV Campus Bible Fellowship, and UPV Choristers.
The festive night was capped with a fireworks display to signal the start of the December break and herald the Yuletide celebration.
Deck the Hall of Justice with Merry christmas
By: Isabella M. A. Zerrudo
CHRISTMAS parties are abuzz in the City of Love, and the Iloilo City Hall of Justice brought it up by a notch by embellishing their doors with the colors and vibes of the holidays.
In their annual celebration of the Yuletide season, Christmas Party Celebration committee head Atty. Gerry Sumaculub held the “Deck the Hall with Doors of Decors”, a door decorating contest for city and regional trial court salas or branches.
Sumaculub himself was surprised with the effort and decors used by each branch which ranged from native Christmas decors to glittery Christmas trees.
“That went beyond my expectations,” Sumaculub said in an interview with The Daily Guardian. “When there were few more days left before the end of the contest, everyone double-timed and was inspired when they saw that the others gave their best,” he added.
The judging period ran from Dec 11 to 13, 2017 with cash prizes given to the top three winners. The first prize (P6,000) was awarded to MTCC Branch 2; second prize (P4,000) to RTC Branch 32; and third prize (P2,000) to RTC Branch 38.
Sumaculub said the Hall of Justice holds the contest every Christmas celebration and would only change as to the material used or area.