The Lantern Parade is an annual tradition at the University of the Philippines - Diliman where large lantern floats are paraded by their respective colleges and institutions around the campus' academic oval. It is a very much awaited event by students, professors, staff, and administrators alike as it is an opportunity for them to unwind from work and which actually marks the start of the institution's Christmas break. This year, the event took place on the 14th of December where thousands of people flocked the campus to witness how Iskos and Iskas celebrate the holiday season. Through the years, the event has become popular even with outsiders that media outlets and major television networks regularly send crews to get clippings of the said event.
What makes the event more fun is the fact that participants are allowed to hold one-minute performances in front of Palma and Melchor Halls, but limits performance time at the Amphitheater to only two minutes. This year’s parade carries the theme “Dangal at Kahusayan sa Paglilingkod sa Bayan.” The theme seeks to put further focus on environmental protection and the benefits of recycling. As such, the three major prizes will be awarded to the most creative lanterns using recycled materials. —UP Diliman Information Office (www.upd.edu.ph)