University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

It’s going to be a different PAROLAN this year!

It’s still about a month before the Parolan is going to be held on Dec. 2 but UPLB is already abuzz with excitement on how different it will be this year.   

Oh yes! Its organizers are already gearing up for one of the most awaited events during the Christmas season in UPLB.  


Aside from the traditional lantern making contest and the search for the Mutya ng Parolan, there will be new activities that will make the Parolan an even more fun-filled but meaningful occasion.

The UPLB Corps of Cadets, UPLB Corps of Sponsors, and the UP Vanguard Incorporated- Los Baños Chapter in cooperation with the UPLB Administration, and as media partner, are now preparing for a gift giving program to benefit a selected community in Los Baños, a Christmas caroling competition and performances by local bands during the event’s program proper.

Themed “Parolan 2015: Pasko Para sa Lahat,” the event promises to bring the students, faculty, and the entire Los Baños community together at the DL Umali Freedom Park to a night of camaraderie and unity.

The birth of this tradition in UPLB could be traced back to December 1978 when the Corps organized a competition of the best Christmas lantern and muse among the participating student organizations.

A year later, the Parolan was officially recognized by the then chancellor, Dr. Emil Q Javier, as one of three major traditions of the University, the other two being the Foundation Day in March and the Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming in October.

On its 37th year, the Parolan has continued to serve as a way for students to express their creativity as well as their passion for the Filipino tradition of creating the colorful Christmas ornaments according to a theme that is set by the organizers.

The result? Lanterns of varying forms and styles that never fail to give color and excitement to the UPLB community’s Christmas celebration.

For more information about the event, visit or contact us at 09168652016. (Christina Mae D. Bernardo, 1Cl)