PHOTOS: The U.P. Lantern Parade 2012

Who won Best Float this year?


( UP's Lantern Parade, an annual tradition that celebrates the holidays and marks the start of Christmas vacation for UP students, has always been a highly anticipated event. This year was no exception, as enthusiastic crowds lined the Academic Oval to wait for the parade to start, eventually taking over the path of the floats to get a closer look, and cheering and applauding the floats and all the participants.

This year's Lantern Parade's theme was "Dangal at Kahusayan sa Paglilingkod sa Bayan." The UP ROTC Symphonic Band and a Psy lookalike led the pack, getting people's spirits going with an instrumental version of "Gangnam Style." But it was the Center for Women's Studies who got the first big cheers of the event, waving purple lanterns emblazoned with "RH Now" and throwing candies to the crowd.

The College of Human Kinetics scored more cheers with the participation of the swim team--clad in swimwear--as well as traditional dances. But predictably, the UP Pep Squad stole the show with a routine that ran three minutes long, wowing the crowd with their pyramids and tosses.

Many floats supported various causes. For example, the UP Open University's float expressed their support for cyber freedom, and the College of Mass Communications (CMC) called for justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre. Some colleges and organizations who didn't have their own floats or lanterns made up for it with well-practiced cheers and an impressive number of participants.

CMC was the Lantern Parade's big winner, followed by the College of Arts and Letters and the School of Regional and Urban Planning.

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Photos by TJ Tantiangco

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