Alright, so I was outta commission for a few days. No big deal. Just got back home from a trip to Pampanga (which I’ll talk about later), but I’m up and ready for a POST ABOUT PASIKLABAN OMG. So after all the legal torture that UPB scholars receive from the piles and piles of (necessary) school work we do, Pasik happens. It’s a Christmas thing. Anyhow, there’s the lantern parade (which I won’t talk about in detail because I don’t have any pics of that </3), the oblation run (which I don’t plan on talking about at all because well, jiggle jiggle), the fireworks display (ah, this, I’ll talk about), and all of the performances from the various college faculty (and staff) members. Anyhow, the fireworks arrangement was loud. No duh. They were all set off in the parking lot on campus, and everybody was super duper close, and it was really loud. Being that close to something that loud must have damaged some ears lol, but anyway about the fireworks themselves. It was quite a pretty display, featuring ALL YOUR FAVORITE COLORS SUCH AS RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, AND WHITE, plus the actual arrangement and patterns they made in the sky were okay. It wasn’t really something spectacular, but at least all the scholars and teachers and guests could enjoy it after a long year of backbreaking work, yeah? Not much else to say about the fireworks.
Next up was the oblation run. After that, it was the college performances! (I told you I wouldn’t talk about the run lol.) So all three colleges had their own respective performances. CAC(College of Arts and Communication[s?]) made a video parody of a Ghost Fighter episode, CS(College of Science) had a cool little intro video that transitioned into a dance number, and CSS(College of Social Science[s]) dished out a sweet mixtape medley of their own versions of popular songs. I swear, all the scholars look forward to this part of the program. The crowd was so thick and everybody was watching and listening so closely that they gave almost no room to breathe. I understand though, since it’s basically watching those same professors and teachers and other peeps, who terrorize you whole year round, put on a show meant not to destroy your hopes and dreams. Here’s a vid of the CAC performance that they posted lol. Soz but I don’t have any for the rest ;w;
So yeah, after all the hard work, UPB scholars enjoy the cheery atmosphere and upbeat (heh UPbeat) event called the P-P-P-PASIKLABAAAAAAAN! Also, it means people get to home soon after. Like legit home to their families and stuff. So yeah. This came out longer than I planned.(Random Bold Words To Confuse You)
Sem-enders are a big thing for UP students, it mainly provides a way for the students and sometimes even the professors. It is meant to, as implied within the name, end the semester with a blast and have fun. This is a great stress reliever, after all academics aren’t meant to be belittled in UP. During these times, students usually just have fun and take a break from it all and bond with friends.
These events are usually scheduled the day after the final exam. It usually happens between org-mates, fraternities, sororities, blocks, and even different subjects. The activities done here are very diverse from games, to eating, to exchange gifts (usually happens during Christmas), and many more.
The image taken was the most recent sem-ender by A_HQ.
We had many different activities, from board games, cards, sports, playing music, and even just doing what we want. And since it was during the month of December, gift exchange occured, and everyone was happy. It made the semester a lot less stressful. It kept the minds of the students away from their grades and the CRS. It just helps all-in-all.
Freshie Night, one of the most anticipated annual events in UP. Each campus has their own setup of the event as they showcase the students’ competence on various fields of art. From singing to film-making, their talents are the center of attraction.
As the name implies, this event was meant for the freshmen (or Freshies) of UP. Different schools and student organizations go on-stage to showcase their collaborative effort. The image above is an image on the performance by the UPB CheerSquad. It is evident that they gave it their best effort. An amateur recording can be found here. Obra did a short film titled “TALUKAP” which portrays the problems often seen by a UP student. It has nailed the horror atmosphere, and the message is very powerful. The video can be found here.
Thirst and hunger might be an issue after all that excitement, and we got it covered. Some student organizations opened up a stall to serve food and drinks for everyone. Each organization had a different menu. A_HQ, for example, went for Japanese foods and served onigiri, a Japanese rice ball, and taiyaki, a small Japanese fish-shaped cake. They were so tasty that I went and bought another round immediately after!
Those are just a few of many things that happened at Freshie Night ’15. There were a lot of dancing, singing, and acting. All freshmen were cheering until the end of the program, and it was really loud. It was proven with their cracking voices the following day.
Unfortunately for those of you who would like to see this event inside, entry is only granted for performers and freshmen. Don’t let that get you down because the event is streamed online.
This year’s Freshie Night was a blast, and I look forward to it next year!