UP to ‘bring’ Lantern Parade to Araneta in #UAAP78 opening

Barry Viloria on Sep 05, 2015 10:34 AM
UP to ‘bring’ Lantern Parade to Araneta in #UAAP78 opening
The theme of the opening is "Arkipelago." With UP at the helm, expect the show to be creative!

In a matter of hours, #UAAP78 gets rolling. We’re excited not only because the grandest collegiate league is about to start, allowing us to see our favorite players rule the court once again. This season’s opening is thrilling just as the same because we’ve heard all about the fun and festivity that will mark the event. As Santino Honasan, one of our editors said before, with UP at the helm, except the opening to be creative!

So, what will happen in the #UAAP78 opening? We’ve talked to Dr. Anril Tiatco, director of the UP Information Office and the overall chair of the opening ceremony long before about it, and had some scoop on the program.

“Expect a good show. Parang magkakaroon ng Lantern Parade sa Araneta,” he teased.

What else are there to expect later? Here’s our cheat sheet:

1. The theme of the opening is “Arkipelago.”

The show will be sort of a history lesson, said Tiatco. It will be complete with gimmicks featuring “myths and historical facts” that very well characterize our Pinoy heritage.

“We would like to narrate the story of the Philippine archipelago using those, and we want to use that as an analogy to the creation of UAAP community.”

2. The opening will display a collaboration of UP talents.

Every opening program hosted by the premier state university is a product of careful conceptualization, Tiatco said, with consultations from the chancellor and the production team of ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

UP did the theme “Larong Bata” in their last hosting term (2008), and it was a spectacle. This time will be no different, if not bigger, said Tiatco.

UP’s arts and humanities cluster specifically took the efforts on for later’s big event.
“The College of Arts and Letters is basically doing the theatricality of it. And then from the College of Music, they’re providing music. The College of Human Kinetics and Music as well, they are providing performers,” Tiatco said.

Plus, “Expect many of UP’s best performing groups like the UP Filipiniana Dance Group, the UP Pep Squad, the UP Dance Company, UP Street Dance Club, UP Tugma, and some others there. We will be seeing vignettes of their performances in one giant performance.”

3. A show of sportsmanship.

Of course, it all boils down to the value of camaraderie and unity for the almost eight-decade old collegiate league. UP especially wants to impart the value of oneness through the show, in line with the essence of the word arkipelago, which means a group of islands on water.

“We’re looking at the archipelago as a model of integration and differentiation. And in a way, it’s the same thing that is happening in the UAAP community. We want to link the archipelago narrative to the narrative of UAAP. Sumatutal, ang ating disposisyon kasi pagdating sa archipelago, hindi sagabal ang pagiging hiwa-hiwalay. Tumitindig, sumusulong kasi nga despite that natural disasters and conflicts, we’re still there; we’re still helping each other to stand up and to move forward.”

“Different universities are separated, different agendas, different principles, and yet, everyone is united. Everyone is integrated for a common cause, for the common good, whatever that good is.”


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