University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

CA, the big winner in the 97th Loyalty Day celebration contests

             The College of Agriculture (CA) was the runaway winner during the 97th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming on Oct. 9-10 with a float that symbolized unity and abundant production or harvest and a colorful and fun-filled street presentation by its staff to depict participation, cooperation and unity.

            The float showcased staple crops, fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and livestock to depict a bountiful harvest. The seal of the five CA clusters, namely: Agricultural Systems, Animal and Dairy Sciences, Crop Science, Crop Protection, and Food Science that surrounded the “bountiful harvest” signified cooperation within and outside the college in its work towards attaining inclusive growth in agriculture and prosperity in communities. A green and gold cloth panel that surrounded the colorful spectacle signified the support that the College gives its constituents.

The presentation, made by a number of CA staff representing its various clusters, aimed to depict participation, cooperation, and unity. Colorful paper mache representations of agricultural products and outputs of the College’s R&D work were hoisted by the staff as they danced around to an upbeat pop music.

 The “dancing figures” were then joined in by a big mock-up of a caterpillar made from a long green cloth and pieces of curved black cardboard placed along equal intervals of its length. The “caterpillar” was made to “crawl around” by dancing participants who held each curved black cardboard, much like the manner in which dragon dances are performed during celebrations of the Chinese New Year.

           Runners-up to the CA entry/contingent were the College of Arts and Sciences in the street presentation category and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development in the float category.

          As traditionally practiced, UPLB colleges and other units participated in the parade and also showcased their floats. The parade also highlighted the participation of this year’s jubilarians, or those who graduated on the years ending in 0 and 5. It started at 8:30 AM and ended at 1 PM, covering the areas from the Oblation Park to the D.L. Umali Hall.

The LD parade was followed by the luncheon salu-salo at Baker Hall, highlighted by a response from UPCA Class ’65 headed by Dr. Reynaldo E. dela Cruz and the presentation of the UPLBAA Hall of Fame Project led by former UP Regent Nelia T. Gonzalez. In his message, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. said that despite the developments in the University, “UPLB remains familiar, green, and cozy, for it is still the same UPLB that shaped our ideals and opened our eyes and hearts to serve our fellow Filipinos.”