U.P. Mindanao celebrated the 2017 Kasadya Christmas Lantern Parade on December 12, 2017 on the theme, "Ipadan-ag ang Kahayag: Pagpalig-on sa Komunidad Pinaagi sa Pagkaanggid ug Kalahian" (Light it UP: Strengthening Our Communities by Celebrating Differences and Similarities)
The festivities began with the Pa-ilaw Lighting of the University Christmas Lanterns at the Oblation Plaza at sunset on December 5. Tall lanterns in the Plaza and the Administration Building Atrium were lighted simultaneously by university officials while the Koro Kantahanay chorale serenaded the audience, the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble interpreted the music in movement, and the Literary Society contributed a spoken word performance on issues in current events.
The Kasadya Lantern Parade on December 12 started at the University Library, winding thru the campus and culminating in the Administration Building Atrium. The individual lanterns were lighted and paraded before spectators and explained in words by the lantern creators in the ceremony following the parade.
Interspersed between the lantern presentations were performances for the Christmas Dance Competition.
School of Management won First Prize with a lantern portraying the sectors of society and the marginalization of farmers. Academic Affairs won Second Prize with a parol depicting a "well of nourishment within every one that is available for sharing with others." Office of the Chancellor won Third Prize for a parol illustrating the offices comprising it and the cohesion their have achieved.
In the Building Decoration Competition, Central Administration won First Prize, University Library won Second Prize, and School of Management won Third Prize.
In the Christmas Dance Contest, Alpha Phi Omega won First Prize, Society of Math Majors won Second Prize, and Omega Alpha won Third Prize.
The Kasadya celebration ended with a dinner-boodle-fight for everyone.
The Kasadya Lantern Parade culminates the First Semester of Academic Year 2017-2018. Classes for the Second Semester begins on January 15, 2018.
As instructed by UP President Danilo Concepcion, offices throughout the University of the Philippines System, including offices in U.P. Mindanao, will be closed starting 21 December 2017--except for critical services--and will re-open on 03 January 2018.
See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/events/517193511984021/permalink/531831297186909/