Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street , Sampaloc, Manila -Philippines
This was the victory celebration that everyone is waiting for. The UAAP senior men’s basketball championship is back again to Morayta aka Nicanor Reyes Sr. street again.
This is a bitter sweet victory after several attempts during the 10-year period.
The event in the afternoon started with a thanksgiving mass at the FEU chapel past 4:00pm
The main campus ground was jam-packed with thousands of students, faculties, employees, alumni and FEU board of directors led by Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola and Dr. Micheal Alba ( president ) . I was introduced to them by Mr. Martin Lopez (Chairperson-FEU President Committee on Culture ).
students proudly wearing their FEU T-shirts and Tamaraw cap
FEU-Tech and FEU -IAS students
FEU faculties holding the UAAP championship cup
Institute of Accounts Business and Finance students got an interesting head piece. It serves dual purpose , headband and accessory too.
open air amphitheater
cotton candy operator with smiling students
students line-up for the free ice cream
Meal stubs were distributed during the event which participants can used them to buy cotton candy, dirty ice cream, sandwiches and hot dogs.
Oishi Philippines ( Liwayway Marketing ) booth gave away hundreds of snacks items.
students enjoyed their Oishi snacks
group of students posing for group photo at the Tamaraw Plaza aka Freedom Plaza
The mood is quite festive and almost everyone had to capture them on their mobile phones and cameras.
Mrs.Daisy Cariño, Mr. Jorge Cariño ( ABS-CBN channel 2 newscaster and FEU Alumnus ) and Professor Joeven Castro
lechon or roasted pork
Vice Ganda also sponsored 2 lechons with rice meal which were given to all the participants with ticket stubs. Someone told me that Vice Ganda always supports FEU basketball team and varsity players event before he became famous . There was also a hashtag #PaKainNiVice . This was supposed for his twitter account followers. I must say that this is a good gesture for him to give back to his followers and to the university .
FEU Employees selling paper mache tamaraws with signature autograph of the winning basketball team
I find the cute tamaraw paper mache as collectible items . But it is quite bulky . It is being sold at Php 200 per item.
There are also FREE face painting session
The street party extends to nearby R. Papa street where the FEU Gymnasium is located . Students who were not able enter the main campus ( gates were closed by 6:00pm) opted to join the free street party at the R. Papa street .
students and alumni that were not able to enter the campus
The campus ground was almost filled to the capacity as there were also some bands like sponge cola that were invited . I also learned that Vice Ganda was able to joined the party a little bit later .
stores along R. Papa street with congratulatory tarpaulin
The event was organized by some FEU alumni who opted a street party style with car show and loud music. This concept seems quite good and fantastic since the campus cannot accommodate all the students and visitors flocking the area. But as usual, it caused some traffic congestion and to some extend loud noises to neighboring schools within the U-Belt zone.
They got a permit from Barangay 395 of Manila to host a street party . Some street vendors were very happy because people are buying foods and they are having brisk sales .
Slogan : Make Love FEUST Not War
There are also rumors that somebody ( FEU alumni) had sponsored a truck of beer and sound system for the street party . I saw some students from nearby campuses also joined the street party.
I stayed near the rear entrance of the gate waiting for the program and countdown to finish . The fireworks display was seen within the U-BELT area and some people are clueless about the celebration. They thought that FEU is having a Christmas lightning ceremony .
As for the traditional bonfire being lighted within the campus ground , It did not happened . However , the more elaborate fireworks display which illuminate the dark sky.
Note: I wanted to buy a souvenir t-shirt during the celebration, but the long lines of students and buyers prevented me from purchasing the t-shirt.