One by one, the different university units, alumni jubilarians, and local as well as regional and international organizations that comprise the Los Baños Science Community marched past the DL Umali Hall for the traditional Loyalty Day parade and celebration on Oct. 10.
One by one, they were introduced to guests and alumni who came for one of UPLB's most enduring traditions by parade annotators Prof. Naomi Enriquez, Ciejay Calara, and Mark Lester Chico.
A contingent from Thailand's oldest agricultural institution - Maejo University- composed of university officials and students who were on official visit to UPLB as part of the Student Cultural Exchange Program, joined the parade. The Maejo Cultural Dance Troupe obliged the university community with performances displaying their precision and the grace of their indigenous dances.
The contingents that won various awards during the Loyalty Day Parade were the UP Rural High School - Most Colorful; College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology - Most Creative; College of Economics and Management - Most Symbolic; and College of Arts and Sciences - Best Presentation.
It was noticeably a celebration different from previous ones for its austerity and simplicity. The crowd that gathered for the occasion was smaller as the parade was held on a Monday instead of a Saturday or Sunday as has usually been done. There were no colorful floats that conveyed the celebration's theme and no sky divers parachuting to the Freedom Park.
But what it lacked in fanfare, the university constituents matched with the smiles that lit up their faces as the crowd cheered them on their presentations. What it lacked in grandeur, they matched with spirit and enthusiasm, perhaps the same enthusiasm shown by the faculty, students, and staff of the College of Agriculture who volunteered en masse in 1918 to fight in the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.
The Aggie volunteers never saw action as armistice was declared after their enlistment but they had shown the spirit of a people ready to protect other people's freedom.(APDominguita, Office of Public Relations)
Photo courtesy of OPR