UP Lantern Parade Marred By Fireworks Mishap

The annual Lantern Parade at UP Diliman featured lights, lanterns and loads of creativity from contingents of the different colleges, organizations, as well as delegates from other UP campuses. Various themes, issues and advocacies were highlighted by each contingent.

The Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, the same group behind the annual Oblation Run, underscored environmental conservation this year, specifically the fight to save Philippine Rivers. Their float featured stylized waves and a member who stripped down to emulate the Oblation statue, the iconic symbol of the university.

Of course, every year, the most-awaited part of the event are the creations from the UP College of Fine Arts, already inducted into Lantern Parade's Hall of Fame. Their theme this year was "Noon at Ngayon."

The College of Home Economics won this year's  contest, with the College of Arts and Letters and the Asian Institute of Tourism taking the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

Crowds gathered and vehicles were at a standstill at the University Avenue as people watched and waited for the fireworks display to culminate the event. The festivities, however, was marred by a misfired firework which injured some onlookers. (FOR THE FULL STORY, CLICK HERE.)

UPDATE: 12/18/11 11:55 AM