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The parade kickstarted our universities’ 63rd  Fiesta. The students, including me, gathered at the People’s Park and wore modified costumes. Some chose a “Plant vs Zombies” theme, which was evident from the protruding pea shooters, stars and wall nuts. It got even exciting when a class with an “Avatar” theme arrived. Their whole bodies tainted with dark blue and their faces looked like rambo and not to mention those Navi ears and long single braided hairs. Not for long, a group of students entered the scene wearing a yellow hard hat, jumper and a yellow shirt, a perfect costume for the minions of the film “Despicable Me”. There was even the classic “Alice in Wonderland”, oh how I love the Red Queen. But sadly, our class  didn’t anticipate this kind of costumes. Ours was less exciting. We wore a big calculator, with all those arithmetic buttons. Yes, I know. Please don’t mention it.

After the parade,  we crowded the covered court according to our respective divisions: blue for Business Management, yellow for Accountancy (that’s me!), orange for Engineering and Architecture, violet for the Computer Studies,  green for Natural Science and Mathematics, red for Humanities, white for Nursing, light blue for Philosophy and pink for Social Sciences and Education. We all faced the center platform. We were waiting for the Group Dance Showdown, participated by each division. However, I left the place in bitterness. The CS didn’t win despite their exceptional performance.

But that didn’t disappoint my whole day. On lunch, the school’s student body organization held a boodle fight. Basically, it’s where a large table with food atop and you and the other people compete for food. It was instantaneous. When they signalled for a start run, the table was already surrounded before I even got a glimpse of the food. I almost didn’t get my share but thankfully my foraging skills paid its way. I got a spot and I stayed there defending my rightful place.

I also got a trip on a book fair inside our school library. Several bookstores joined the event. There were good and mostly new books. I was even tempted to buy “Screenwriting for Dummies”. The only bummer was the price. The books were expensive that I have to spend my 3 month savings if I want to buy one. But, of course I did not, my eyes, and my money, are already set for something.

At late afternoon until early evening, there was a fire dance exhibition. There was at least five minutes native drum roll to set up the mood and then four women holding an inflamed baton marched across the field.  It was followed by the same number of men each holding another baton. Both of them whirled their instrument as we gasped for excitement. Each exhibition was more exciting than the other. The performance was so hot that we can feel the heat some 10 meters away. I never wowed as many as this one. Even the circus I attended last summer won’t be a match.

The Fiesta will run for three days. There are many events that happens simultaneously like Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking, Championship Sports Competition, Live Guitar Performance, Ateneos Got Talent, Henna Tattoo, Jazz Up Your Jeans, Film Festival,  Sayawtenista (which is the climax of the fiesta) and many more. Not to mention the existing 20+ booths to entertain the idle students. This is really a break from our studies. The only downside is you can’t attend them all.

Happy Fiesta Everyone!

The official opening of the fiesta

UPDATE: Red Queen! :]

Me and my classmates with the Red Queen

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