IN PHOTOS: Despite the rain, UP Lantern Parade 2018 shines on

Samantha Bagayas
IN PHOTOS: Despite the rain, UP Lantern Parade 2018 shines on
Around 3,000 people attend this year's UP lantern parade

MANILA, Philippines  From strong calls to end all forms of violence to heartwarming messages, the 2018 University of the Philippines (UP) lantern parade shone a light on various issues through floats despite the rainy weather Friday, December 14, at the Quezon Hall Amphitheater.

Following UP’s Christmas theme, “Paglaot, Pagdaong” (sailing out to sea, docking), academic units and student organizations made waves with their floats and displays.

The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning anchored its float on family at the forefront of development, as it faced a brightly-lit metropolis. It won first place and a P50,000 cash prize. The Institute of Islamic Studies followed in 2nd place, while the UP College of Arts and Literature got 3rd place.

Among those participating in the lantern parade was the UP College of Home Economics float that featured balikbayan boxes filled with pasalubong, and a snippet of a heartbreaking message from an overseas Filipino worker: “Sorry, ‘di ako uuwi ngayong Pasko (Sorry, I’m not going home this Christmas).”

Other floats anchored their displays on bold statements that called to defend and demand for safe spaces in places they consider their homes. These could be seen from the College of Law’s “West Philippine Sea, atin ‘to (West Philippine Sea is ours)” banner to UP Babaylan’s display of protest against all forms of violence.


Ang higit na malalim na pakay ng lantern parade ay ang pagkakataon na magkaisa tayong lahat sa pagkilos at madama ang iisang pintig ng ating mga puso  (The deeper purpose of the lantern parade is the opportunity for us to unite in action, and feel the single beat of our hearts),” UP President Danilo Concepcion said.

Around 3,000 people attended the lantern parade, according to Chief Security Officer John S. Baroña.

Here are photos by Maria Tan from the 96th UP lantern parade:

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Samantha Bagayas

Samantha Bagayas is a community and civic engagement specialist under MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm. Aside from writing stories about movements and civic initiatives, she works with movers and campus journalists across the Philippines to amplify issues affecting their communities.