Christmas begins in Diliman

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The Oblation Plaza gets a makeover for the yuletide season with "Mulat" by Toym Imao.  (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The Oblation Plaza gets a makeover for the yuletide season with “Mulat” by Toym Imao. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP Diliman (UPD) signalled the start of the Yuletide season with the annual Pag-iilaw or lighting ceremony on November 24. The UPD community gathered at the Oblation Plaza to witness the event, where it was also treated to performances by the UP Staff Chorale Society, the UP Rondalla and Marynor Madamesila, UP Dance Company and Sandwich.

This year’s theme, “Paaralan at Palaruan” (“School and Playground”), emphasizes the University as a place of holistic learning, where intellectual growth is harnessed and psychosocial development is nurtured.

 

Performers at Pag-iilaw 2017 (clockwise from top left): The  UP Staff Chorale Society, UP Rondalla with Marynor Madamesila​ on vocals​ , UP Dance Company, and Sandwich​  (Photo​ of UPDC by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO; the rest by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
Performers at Pag-iilaw 2017 (clockwise from top left): The UP Staff Chorale Society, UP Rondalla with Marynor Madamesila​ on vocals​, UP Dance Company, and Sandwich​ (Photo​ of UPDC by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO; the rest by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

As in years past, the highlight of the campus festive decor is the installation at the Oblation Plaza. Artist Toym Imao’s “Mulat” is this year’s featured work. Mulat is the Filipino word for opening one’s eyes or being aware or conscious.

In this installation, the Oblation is in the middle of a giant eye, decorated with woven threads of varying colors, which the artist describes as representative of diverse views and ideas. The plaza, which the eye overlooks, is decorated with outlines of children playing, some made with woven threads and some without. This interplay of absence and presence, memory and reality is a commentary on a “land threatened by a culture of death and impunity.”

 

UPIS student Eunice Ruivivar releases the dove and signals the lighting of the campus. With her are (from left) UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Nestor Castro.  (​ Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)
UPIS student Eunice Ruivivar releases the dove and signals the lighting of the campus. With her are (from left) UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Nestor Castro. (​Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO)

 

Illuminated by black light, the installation is “meant to absorb light and radiate it back,” which Imao hopes inspires viewers “to overcome the darkness and be sources of light” themselves.

UP President Danilo Concepcion, in his message, said that because of Imao’s design, the Oblation serves as a beacon and constant reminder of the importance of social consciousness in embodying the University’s traditions of honor and excellence.

 

"Ang kapaskuhan ay panahon ng pagbubuklod, pagpapatawad, at pagkakaisa" ("Christmas is the​ ​ season for coming together, forgiveness, and unity").—UP President Danilo Concepcion  (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
“Ang kapaskuhan ay panahon ng pagbubuklod, pagpapatawad, at pagkakaisa” (“Christmas is the​ ​season for coming together, forgiveness, and unity”).—UP President Danilo Concepcion (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The campus Christmas installations are lit every night at 6:00 pm. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)