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CPAf bags Parolan 2016 grand prize

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3-peat for the college

For the third time in a row, the College of Public Affairs and Development won the grand prize in the annual Parolan 2016 held on December 2, 2016, making the college a hall of famer in the said competition.

CPAf bested four other entries from the UP Rural High School (UPRHS), University of the Philippines Entomology Society (EntomSoc), and the University of the Philippines Society of Agronomy Major Students (UPhilSAMS).

With this year’s theme, Paskong Nagdaan, Ating Balikan, CPAf’s parol (lantern) took viewers and spectators back in time to show how in times of disasters and trials, Filipinos were able to stand up again, build back better, and unite in celebratory spirits. Ms. Jo Anne Francisco, CPAf’s Mutya ng Parolan, explained the lantern’s symbolisms and significance.

“Sa mga nakalipas na taon, marami tayong pinagdaanang pagsubok at kalamidad. Marami mang dumaang hirap sa atin, natututo tayong bumangon, natututo tayong magtulungan. Sa paglipas ng bawat kalamidad, nabubuhay sa ating mga Pilipino ang diwa ng bayanihan. Tulong-tulong tayo upang muling bumangon. We build back better together,” CPAf’s citation reads.

CPAf’s parol also reminded people about the various traditions that has been fading away at this time of the year.

“Sa panahon kung kailan tila mas importante ang regalo at aginaldo, nasaan na ang pagmamano ng ating mga bata sa mga matatanda? Sa panahon kung kalian nakatutok na ang mga bata sa kanilang mga cellphone, laptop, at iba pang mga gadgets, nasaan na ang pangangaroling gamit ang mga pinitpit na tansan at mga maracas? Sa panahon kung kailan kinokonekta ng teknolohiya ang mga magkakalayong magkapamilya, nasaan ang ating pagdalaw sa ating mga nakatatanda, ang pisikal na pagsasama-sama at pagsasalo-salo ng ating mga pamilya?” the citation explained.

Finally, the parol emphasized the real reason for the season: “Ang tunay na diwa ng Pasko ay ang pagsilang ni Hesus.”

The College’s lantern features an unconventional belen: baby Jesus and mother Mary in a carabao-pulled paragos. This highlights the fact that Christmas celebrations need not be extravagant; it can be simple but meaningful.

Meanwhile, Ms. Francisco, a MS Development and Management Governance student, won the Iskolar’s Choice Award. She garnered the most number of votes obtained through piso-voting, where UPLB constituents contributed money for their bet. (Guien Eidrefson P. Garma)

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