UP Lantern Parade highlights social issues

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2010 05:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2010 07:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Beautiful lanterns lit up the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines Friday night during the annual staging of the UP Lantern Parade.

The yearly parade, which started in 1922, can be traced back to the tradition of Filipinos carrying lanterns to light their path on the way to Simbang Gabi, the early dawn Masses during December.

The thousands of students, alumni and other spectators were definitely not disappointed with this year's installment of the parade, as the different competing colleges went all out to put up a good show. 

UP Institute of Chemistry float. Credit: Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News


UP College of Fine Arts float. Credit: Edwin Sagun, ABS-CBN News

As was tradition, students took the parade as a venue to voice out their concerns on various national issues.

The College of Mass Communication featured a giant iPod that showed their stand on the issues of extrajudicial killings, reproductive health, plagiarism and budget cuts. 

UP College of Mass Communication float. Credit: Alex Acuin, ABS-CBN News

College of Science students carried a banner calling for justice for the death of botanist Leonard Co.

In the end, the College of Engineering bested other colleges and took the title of champion. 

UP College of Engineering float. Credit: Alex Acuin, ABS-CBN News

 The UP Lantern Parade is traditionally the last activity before the start of the yearly Christmas break.