'Christmas at CatSU' opens with 'Tree of Hope' lightingAdministration
Christmas at Catanduanes State University (CatSU) kicked off with the Tree of HOPE and lighting of lanterns ceremony on December 15, 2022 at the CatSU Front Grounds.
The university community composed of students headed by Student Regent, Hon. Angelo Piolo Laynes, faculty members headed by Faculty Regent, Dr. Rosanna Abundo and CASUNEA President Prof. Danilo Murillo and heads of offices, came together for a short program.
Dr. Maria Edna R. Inigo, VP for Administrative and Finance and Dr. Ramon Felipe Sarmiento, VP for Research, Extension, and Production Affairs shared inspirational messages to the crowd.
Dr. Inigo also welcomed the special guests from the BJMP San Andres District and acknowledged their support for the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) who handcrafted the lanterns and said that the observance is “a moment of prayer and thanksgiving for the generosity of those who made the University Center project come to life."
She added in her message the story of the symbolic meaning of the Parol ng Pag-asa (Lanterns).
Adding highlight on this year’s collection of Christmas Lights are the big lanterns handcrafted by the Computer engineering students of the College of Engineering and Architecture, and students from the College of Industrial Technology. The lanterns have a special code mechanism skillfully designed by the students.
The moment that many students and faculty had been waiting for came as the countdown for the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Tree of HOPE took place which was led by no less than the president himself, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza.
In his message, Dr. Azanza described the ceremony as very symbolic because all would want to light the Tree of Hope and Parol ng Pag-asa for everybody to have brighter days ahead, for all fellow Catandunganons.
“May we not forget that the very meaning of this Christmas celebration is our own salvation from the greatest man who ever walked on earth, no other than our beloved savior the Lord Jesus Christ; let’s offer this night to Him and our families”, he added.
With loud applause and good cheer, the evening continued a few feet away on the green grounds where the community gathered for the 2nd annual tree lighting ceremony. #CVecilles