Silver Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the University!

Hohoho! Simbang Gabi season has begun and the malls nowadays are filled like packed sardines because of last minute Christmas shopping errands.  Are you feeling the Yuletide cheer? Despite the sad and gloomy weather, there is nothing that could kill the mood in celebrating the widest and most exciting holiday in the country, which is Christmas! The season of the quezo-de-bolas, crazy Christmas sales (and traffic, erghm.) and aguinaldos, the four-month Christmas celebration of the Filipinos brings tons of merriment and cheer!

As the days get colder and longer (as well as the prolonging desire for the Christmas break, FINALLY), Christmas campuses have decided to bring in the season’s greetings with their school decorations as well! Here are some of some ho-ho-holly dolly Christmas campuses!

(not in order)

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

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“The Christmas decor of DLSU brings out the light and love that we all feel during Christmas.” – Matthew Yabut, II (AB International Studies, Major in European and BS Marketing Management)

“The Animo Christmas tree is an epitome of Lasallian values. Say, most (if not all) the decorations are made of abaca, which symbolizes Filipino spirit. I believe that’s what represents the involvement of the Lasallians in our society.” – Leigh Cabaya, II (BS Marketing Management)

“Instagram-worthy! They add glory and beauty in the campus. I think it also gives the students a chance to get in the Christmas mood despite the school stress they may be experiencing.” – Bea Leonardo, III (B Accountancy)

| Photos owned by the writer and The Lasallian. |

UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS

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“For UST’s decorations, I like how the community spent so much effort in decorating the whole university. All those Christmas lights on the trees gives the magical feeling of the Christmas and also the giant Christmas tree they put in the field highlights the Christmas sensation. I think it’s wonderful how the community kept the tradition of Paskuhan because not only does it give the students an opportunity to enjoy and embrace the Christmas after the dreading finals season but also gives the chance to bond with blockmates, teachers and most especially their families during the most wonderful time of the year.” – Julia Ignacio, III (BS Interior Design)

“Definitely better than last year’s.” – Wesley Guevarra, II (BS Information Technology)

| Photos by Bria Cardenas & Zharie Coderes |

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – DILIMAN

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“If you look at the decoration in Bahay ng Alumni, it’s really nice and looks extravagant. Other buildings have simpler decorations kasi eh. The decorations around the Quezon Hall make oblation look really good! The parols and the Christmas light look very good, lalo na pag gabi syempre.” – Rays Raña, III (B Public Administration)

“For one thing, it’s simple. And that’s what makes it beautiful.” – Chloe Ramirez, I (BA Broadcast Communciation)

“The Lantern Parade is a festive annual tradition in UP. It is a day when students from the University, visitors from other schools, alumni and family visit the UP Campus and wait in anticipation for the parade of lanterns. Each college puts a lot of effort in making the lantern they show of on parade day. The students show their pride for their college by walking behind their respective college’s lantern, cheering and having a good time.” – Chelsea Magbanua, II (BS Interior Design)

| Photos by Philippine Daily Inquirer, UP System and Ronin Bautista |

FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY – MANILA

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Maganda naman. Somehow nafefeel ko ang Christmas vibes.” – Gian Yadao, I (BS Mechanical Engineering)

Cutie kasi green na green talaga eh. Medyo konti nga lang siya but ayos naman kasi super nice niya pag gabi, not even kidding.” – Hannah Velasco, II (BS Psychology)

“Super simple!” – Sheila Lagat, II (BS Architecture)

| Photos by Raymund S. de Dios and Eugine A. Zipagan |

UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST – MANILA

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“Simple at maganda.” – Ryan Ting, I (BS Architecture)

| Photos owned by @kenzombei |

Did your university embrace the spirit the Christmas? I hope it did. Happy holidays! 🙂

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