2016 Paskuhan features Thomasian talents

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UST Fine Arts students Joshua Docena (drums) and Reason Fortun (front) comprise La Luna, which performed during the Paskuhan concert at the Quadricentennial Pavilion Arena. Photo by Alvin Joseph Kasiban.

AFTER 25 years, the annual Paskuhan remains the highlight of Thomasians’ stay in the University.

“Paskuhan is a tradition of the Thomasian community in anticipation of Christmas. It is a commemoration of both the birth of our Savior and a celebration of our successful finishing of half of the academic year,” Central Student Council (CSC) President Janela Nartates told the Varsitarian.

This year’s Paskuhan featured a line-up of Thomasian performers, like the Yellow Jackets and the Salinggawi Dance Troupe. Homegrown bands such as MilesExperience and La Luna were also given the chance to perform for their fellow Thomasians.

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“We said, ‘Let’s give the [Thomasian talents] a chance to be exposed to the Thomasians,” said Lois Locson, president of the Student Organizations’ Coordinating Council, which organizes the Paskuhan with the CSC.

As part of UST’s annual holiday tradition, the campus was lit with ornamental lights and star-shaped lanterns of varying colors. The giant Christmas tree at the Grandstand remains a favorite among those looking to take photos using professional cameras and smartphones.

Established in 1991 by Fr. Tereso Campilo, O.P., the University-wide yuletide event began as a gathering of gifts and donations for the victims of Typhoon “Uring.” The simple “salu-salo” is known today as the Agape.

It was in 1993 when the celebration was named “Paskuhan.”

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