UST mounts Disney-inspired Paskuhan

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UST Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang O.P. leads the Eucharistic celebration to kick off Paskuhan festivities. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

UST VICE Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. opened this year’s Disney-themed Paskuhan last Dec. 3, telling Thomasians to prepare as the “Prince of Peace” is coming.

“Isaiah prophesized that this ‘Prince’ will establish a kingdom. For unto us a child is born and a government will be upon His shoulders and His name will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [and] Prince of Peace,” Ang said in his homily during the Paskuhan Mass at the Plaza Mayor.

Likening struggles to dragons in fairy tales, Ang said the “Prince of Peace” will defeat the “dragons” not with a sword but with the power of love and sacrifice.

The coming of God as the “Prince” was a reference to the Disney character, Prince Philip, from the animated movie “Sleeping Beauty,” where he saved the kingdom from the “dragon.”

Ang also explained that the words “light from Light” from this year’s theme, “light from Light, Prince of Peace,” is a metaphor that the “light” of Christmas is merely a reminder of the “Light” of Christ.

“Sinisindihan natin ang mga parol bilang paggunita sa liwanag na binibigay ni Hesus sa ating mga buhay,” said Ang.

A Christmas concert by students and professors from the Conservatory of Music followed the Mass, with the final performance leading to the lighting of the Christmas tree and campus decor.

An Agape for the Thomasian community was held after the Holy Mass and the lighting ceremony.

The UST Christmas Concert, titled “A Community in Song for The Prince of Peace”, was held the next day.

The Paskuhan concert proper will be on Dec. 21.

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