As the Christmas season comes to an end, let’s take a trip down to memory lane and enjoy what has been shown to us at the Ateneo de Manila University. The parols in the Bellarmine field, the highlight of it all, have become an attraction this season of Christ’s coming. It’s been a wonderful adventure walking around the Bellarmine field as the sparkle of these magnificent decorations twinkle in my eyes. The mere appearance of it gives hope and happiness to all the people that have seen it. It adds to that warm December feeling when you see it, especially with your loved ones. Despite all the tragedies that have happened in the year of 2013, seeing these parols have helped a lot of people feel that Christmas vibe and have given them hope and a light to follow. This light has been a source of inspiration and even a tourist attraction. It has been one of the most amazing decorations I have seen in my entire life—parols made out of scratch. It has proven to us that beauty is developed from the heart and from the minds of hopeful people. People that have yearned to inspire and give hope to everyone—just like the Ateneo community.
It was really the season to not only be jolly, but also to be hopeful.
Here is a collage that I made to show the beautiful parols of the Bellarmine field.
A blessed Christmas and an inspiring new year to everyone!
By: Viancci Yna Maree T. Morales
January 2, 2014
All the parols in the Bellarmine field are really attractive and attention-grabbing but my favorite one is the parol made by the Ateneo Grade School. When you look at the Bellarmine field, the first parol that you would see would probably be this one.
It’s not the usual parol that is just shaped as a star. It shows that the effort and time allotted for this is more than the usual. It was elevated in such a way that it would really grab the attention of the people driving or walking past the Bellarmine field. Its originality and difference from the others gives it an edge which makes it my favorite. With all these decorations, I really hope that it was able to inspire other people and serve as a light throughout the Christmas break. As the break comes to an end, I hope that these parols and its light would be instilled in the minds of the students and all of the people that are part of the Ateneo community. It has been a beautiful journey going to school and walking around the campus because of these decorations. That elevated parol inspires me as I reach that star that I’ve been dreaming of.
Before the Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Gesu, my cousins, little brother, and I decided to walk around the Bellarmine field to gaze through the magnificent parols that the different departments of the Ateneo have made. We were all so amazed at how these parols made us feel that Christmas Day is getting sooner. My little brother, Vitto, who is a 10-year-old 5th grade student, said, “The parols are very beautiful. It was as if a professional parol-maker made them.” I had to explain to him that these parols were made by the employees of the Ateneo and recycled materials were used in order to build them. It’s incredible how these parols were made out of materials that seemed as if they had no use anymore. It also shows how resourceful we, Filipinos, can be—making use of recycled materials to make a masterpiece. The different departments were able to make something out of nothing and it also leads us to the idea that Christmas is coming and the season of giving is about to begin. The simplicity of these parols is a huge manifestation of the Christmas decorations in the Ateneo. No matter how simple they may seem, it still opens our eyes that the cost of the materials does not matter, but what’s important is how it gives us the feeling of Christ’s coming.
Here are my personal favorites of the parols that were set-up at the Bellarmine field. The first one was made by the Ateneo Grade School while the second one was made the by Loyola Schools- School of Humanities.
By: Viancci Morales
December 21, 2013
In line with my previous post, the Christmas decorations in the Ateneo de Manila University have really lighted up the campus of this wonderful school. The parols in the Bellarmine field show great innovation in how the different departments of the Ateneo use recycled materials in decorating the field. A question to ponder on is where, or rather, how did these decorations start? According to the Student Activities Campus Ministry Coordinator of the Junior High School, Mr. Joseph Morales, this project started in the period of Fr. Jose Villarin SJ, the current President of the Ateneo. It is heartwarming as to how a person of high authority focuses on small details such as recycled materials in making a difference with the usage of Christmas decorations. Different departments or sectors such as the Ateneo Grade School, Ateneo Junior High School, the four schools of the LS (Loyola Schools), and a lot more groups have joined this wonderful project. Most of their parols show a similarity with the objective of their own groups. These sectors or groups may be different in terms of their mission but they become one in lighting up the school in line with the hope that goes with this Christmas season.
By: Viancci Morales
December 18, 2013
Beaming lights, the smell of keso de bola, and simbang gabi – these are just some of the markers that Christmas is almost near. Christmas is an important holiday in the Philippines wherein we gather as one family to celebrate Jesus’ coming. In some provinces, festivities are held and, even in schools, we see the light of Christmas through different activities. In the Ateneo de Manila University, we celebrate this holiday around the campus through our decorations. Walking past the Bellarmine field, I saw parols that didn’t look like the usual ones. Looking in closely, I realized that these parols are made by the different sectors of the Ateneo community. These parols give light to Ateneans especially at night. It continues with its tradition of making Christmas decorations using simple yet engaging materials. It symbolizes hope in our country—that even in suffering and darkness, there is still a light that we could hold on to and a light that may guide us throughout our journey.