UP lantern parade aims to help Yolanda survivors

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MORE than 30 giant lanterns made from materials that can be used in relief operations in typhoon-hit areas, such as, educational materials and canned goods were paraded around the campus of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City on Wednesday evening.

With the theme "Maalab na Serbisyo Publiko ng Mapagkalingang Kampus," this year's lantern parade aimed to help the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) who are in need of financial and material support.

"At least 30 percent of the lanterns mass were made of materials that can be used in relief operations, 'yung mga pwede naming ipadala sa mga biktima ng bagyo after gamitin, 'yung iba naman na hindi pwedeng ipadala pwede naman ipagbili at 'yung pera ay ipapadala sa typhoon victims," Jose Silvestre, UP College of Fine Arts professor, said.

The campus was filled with life-sized colorful floats made from pencils, papers, books, slippers and canned goods, twinkling lights from lanterns and cheering and festive audiences and participants.

Armando Naje, a constant attendee of the annual event, said "This is the best I've ever seen compared to the past years and their theme this year, gustong gusto ko kasi very timely. They not just after the fun but they are more into helping our countrymen who were affected by the typhoon."

The traditional fireworks display, which caps the annual celebration, had been scrapped in this year's edition as funds for such purpose will be donated by the UP Beta Epsilon Fraternity to the Yolanda survivors.

After the Lantern Parade, "relief" parts of the lanterns as well as other donations for typhoon survivors can be dropped in an empty container van near the College of Mass Communications.

UP's lantern parade has been practiced since the Spanish period where lanterns in different shapes and sizes are being carried and lightened by people on their way to the misa de gallo or Simbang Gabi.

It was institutionalized in 1934 by UP president Jorge Bacobo "so that students can have a frolicsome activity before the year ends." (Sunnex)

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