PHOTOS: UP Lantern Parade 2017 Is More Relevant Than Ever

This year's theme is "UP Diliman: Paaralan, Palaruan."


 

(SPOT.ph) Aside from the annual Oblation Run, another much-awaited December event at the University of the Philippines - Diliman is the Lantern Parade. University Avenue and the entire Academic Oval were closed as early as 1 p.m. on December 15 to make way for the colorful floats created by the different colleges and organizations in the state university.

 


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By sundown, students and professors in the Diliman campus paraded their own interpretations of the theme “UP Diliman: Paaralan, Palaruan.” This resonates with Toym Imao's Christmas design for the Oblation Plaza, where he created a representation of a giant eye made of colorful threads overlooking silhouettes of kids who look like they're playing around the small green space. Imao says that the outlines are "visual metaphors of children who exist in memories, those who are no longer with us, young people caught in the crossfires of senseless wars and conflicts."

 

Since its inception in 1922, the annual Lantern Parade has always reminded us that Christmas isn't just about parties and gift-giving, but also about showing compassion to our countrymen affected by various kinds of conflict. Here are just some of the meaningful floats that we saw:

 


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College of Social Work and Community Development's "Hustisya de Belen" 

 


College of Arts and Letters 

 


Asian Center 

 


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