To mark the start of the holiday season in the University, members of the Mapúa community gathered for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony last November 29, organized by the Office of Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP) and the Human Resources Department.
Themed “Sparkle of Hope,” this year’s celebration encouraged Mapúans to ignite the spirit of giving through the sharing of blessings, which gives hope and joy especially to the less privileged ones.
Students, staff, and administrators offered food items, which were used by SOCIP in its gift giving program in its adopted community in San Andres, Tanay, Rizal last December 17.
Besides the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, different activities are being held by Mapúans to celebrate the holiday season.
The old-age Filipino Christmas tradition Simbang Gabi is being hosted by the Mapúa Campus Ministry from December 17 to 21 at the Sta. Rita Chapel.
A belen, a tableau depicting the Nativity scene, is also on display at the campus main entrance. The belen, titled “Cubism Nativity” that features repetitive geometric figures, is a product of Multimedia Arts freshmen who are taking Drawing classes.
Last December 17, different student organizations displayed their works during the lantern parade festival to kick-start the week-long Paskong Mapúan, which was initiated by the Mapúa Central Student Council (CSC).
For the list of activities and more information on the Mapúa Christmas celebration, please visit Mapúa CSC’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MapuaCSC).