Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Silliman Fiesta

It's Silliman University's 105th anniversary, and the school is fairly bristling with activities. The traditional booths are up on the fair grounds, accentuating the festive atmosphere of the occasion. I wish I had better pictures to share, but all I have is my cellphone camera. It can take passable daytime shots, but there's not enough people around; and in the evenings when the city is out in full force at the fair grounds, the shots are dismal. Anyway....

The booths are something else this year: they're selling anything and everything -- from knick-knacks to henna tattoos to food, and even motorcycles and cars. Not to mention the ubiquitous phone cards from Smart and Globe. Hooray for commercialism.

Still, it's a great attraction, and everyone, not just Sillimanians, are coming to the fair. It seems to be on an extended run, too, having started middle of last week and running until Tuesday.

A first for me: attending the Miss Silliman Pageant night. I was too far away to see the beauties up close, not that it mattered much as there's no bikini portion (just kidding). I quite liked the question-and-answer portion as there were no exaggerated American accents. Thankfully, no repeats of the Miss Silliman candidate who foreswore any knowledge of Ninoy Aquino, either. Nope, sorry, no pics of the candidates; and no web site that I know of, which is a shame.

On the more serious side: there are book launchings, lectures, and reunions galore. I attended a lecture by Dr. Leoncio Deriada (upcoming post) and I plan to attend a kapihan on community journalism.

Looking forward to more of this. I think this is one of the things which defines Dumaguete as a university town.


  1. Sounds like a blast, as always. Back when I was working in Manila, I used to come home all the time for the Founders Day festivities. Glad to see it's still happening, in spite of the changes through the years...

    I think that hosted some of the Miss Silliman information but I couldn't find it now...

  2. aaawwwhh.. You’ve succeeded again doms, you made me feel homesick. :p