Immediately prior to the lighting, UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., Ph.D., delivered a message read by UST Vice-Rector Rev. Fr. Isaias Tiongco, O.P., at the anticipated Mass for the first Sunday of Advent.
“Let there be the beautiful Light of Jesus shining upon us and being with us always. May there be light in our hearts, in our families, and in our Thomasian and parish communities,” the Father Rector wrote.
To illuminate the campus, 210,000 energy-efficient LEDs (light emitting diodes) will be lit every afternoon at 5:30 until 9:00 in the evening until the Feast of the Three Kings on January 6, 2022.
“Christmas Fireworks,” a musical piece composed by the Conservatory of Music Dean Antonio Africa, Ph.D., accompanied the lighting of the campus shown alongside a montage of previous year’s Paskuhan lighting ceremonies produced by the UST Communications Bureau.
The Christmas Tree, in particular, is made up of 50,000 blue LEDs that draw attention to the Star, with meteor lights interspersed to enliven the tree.
UST’s Paskuhan season will culminate on December 17, 2021 with the following activities: a celebration in its virtual Minecraft campus at 9:00 a.m., a Eucharistic Celebration to be presided over by UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., Ph.D., and to be concelebrated with the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines Very Rev. Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., O.P., and the UST Vice-Rector, Fr. Tiongco, OP, at 5:15 p.m.