University of the Philippines Los Baños
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:11

UPLB lanterns shine through rainy Parolan


No amount of rain kept the UPLB community from displaying its giant lanterns 24 days before Christmas Day in this year’s edition of “Parolan.”

Parolan is a lantern competition organized by the UPLB Corps of Cadets and UPLB Corps of Sponsors each Christmas season. This year, six lanterns from student organizations and an administrative office competed for the best lantern. Also part of the competition was the “Mutya ng Parolan 2017” in which the contestants led their contingent in the parade from the Carabao Park to the DL Umali Freedom Park.

The UPLB Housing Office (UHO) and the UP Society of Agronomy Major Students (UPHILSAMS) emerged as Parolan 2017’s big winners. They placed first and second in both the Lantern Making Contest and Mutya ng Parolan, respectively. UHO’s lantern also won the Commandant's Choice Award; while the UPHILSAMS entry won the Chancellor’s Choice for Best Parol.

UHO’s lantern, made of recycled indigenous materials, depicted the nativity while UPHILSAMS crafted a diamond-shaped lantern that resembled stained glass. These winning lanterns were presented by the muses Dianne Joy D. Driodoco, who also won the People’s Choice Award for Mutya ng Parolan, for UHO, and Noelene Anne C. Aram, for UPHILSAMS.

The lantern of the UP Project for Asian and International Relations bagged the third place. Meanwhile, Charmaine Ann Landicho of the UP Rural High School Alpha Company was named Mutya ng Parolan Second Runner-up, while Jonah May Navarez of UP Legion’s Basic ROTC Alumni Association bagged the Most Photogenic Award.

Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, served as one of the judges of the two contests. Joining her as judges were Col. Neneveigh L. Alcovindas, Infantry (General Staff Corps) Philippine Army, commandant and head of the Department of Military Science and Tactics; Floro R. Francisco, member of UP Vanguard Inc.; Naomi Enriquez, chair of the Department of Human Kinetics; and Ella Eiveren Lubag, UPLB student and Miss Engineering Meet 2017. (Kristine Araguas)