THE UNIVERSITY officially welcomed the Paskuhan season with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony led by UST Hospital officials and frontliners on Dec. 16.

Landmarks in the University, including the Main Building, Santisimo Rosario Parish Church and the Arch of the Centuries, were illuminated with Christmas lights and ornaments.

Present in the ceremony were Vice Rector Rev. Fr. Isaias Tiongco, O.P., UST Hospital Medical Director Dr. Charito Malong-Consolacion, Chief Executive Officer Fr. Julius Paul Factora, O.P., Chief Resident Dr. Shane Villamonte, Director for Administration Assoc. Prof. Analin Empaynado-Porto, nursing service chief Aaleli Cabaneros, and Dr. Jojo Manahan, head of residents.

The theme of this year’s Christmas celebration is “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.”

The lighting ceremony was followed by the annual Christmas Concert, which featured performances from University musicians.

Due to government-imposed restrictions on in-person gatherings amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all UST Christmas events will be held virtually and broadcast on the UST Facebook page.

The Paskuhan Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m., at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.

A “Concert for a Cause” will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. It will feature a mini-documentary of previous Paskuhan concerts and fireworks. Christine Joyce Paras


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