Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Lantern Parade is a yearly UP Christmas tradition that showcases colorful floats, lanterns, and artworks. This tradition is deeply imbued within UP’s culture and is so widely known and celebrated that there’s an official afterparty to wrap up the day.
UP Maskipaps: The Crossover 2019 is a music festival that has its very own lasting legacy — deriving from the word “maskipapaano,” this event has been going on for 41 years strong, hosting beloved and up and coming Filipino bands and artists. This year’s show was nothing short of a spectacle — complete with fireworks, giant inflatables, and fire hoses.
UP Sunken Garden was filled with over 15,000 attendees, all ready to sing, dance, and celebrate all night. The festival lineup features an impressive list of 33 bands and artists that kept the energy going from 7 p.m. well into the morning. From the get-go, it was clear that the festival is its own beast, as Drizzle UP and Pyro UP made sure to bring elements of a summer music festival to a crowd willing to get drenched — literally, as the fire hoses soaked the crowd in between lively sets.
There were booths and food stalls set up at the back of the Sunken Garden with long lines that snaked around the area. A particular crowd-favorite is the mobile bar, which served cups of San Miguel Flavored Beer for ₱50 each. People were quick to grab San Miguel Flavored Beers that came in three variations — Apple, Lemon, and Lychee. Additional freebies were given to those who bought three or more, so groups of people wearing bucket hats were seen swaying along to the music, while enjoying the refreshingly delicious taste of San Miguel Flavored Beer.
As there were 33 artists lined up for the event, the audience witnessed a diverse selection in music which featured OPM’s bests. There were bands, DJs, and rappers that kept the energy going all throughout the festival. Hale set the mood with their classic songs, bringing the crowd to an instant sing-along. Kiyo and Allison Shore moved the crowd to chill beats while short DJ sets filled the lull in between sets.
When Kamikazee graced the stage, it was time to party. The loud and glorious energy of the band and frontman Ray Contreras’s strong stage command got the crowd into a frenzy, making their hour-long set feel like a short, fevered dream. The Juans followed with an infectious pop party, while Munimuni serenaded the crowd with their heart-warming tracks. A rave set by the dynamic Flo Kids followed shortly after, which brought a jolt of energy to the crowd.
IV of Spades got groovy and the rest of the crowd followed and danced along to their much-loved hits. Even at past midnight people were still going strong. Crowd favorite band Ben&Ben gave exactly what the crowd was waiting for — an hour of lively, sometimes slow, lullabies that everyone loved and cherished. This Band and Mayonnaise closed the last quarter of the festival, ending the event in the early hours of the morning.
Like a great night out with friends, Maskipaps delivered, as it was truly a night to remember. It’s the perfect way to close the semester off for students, and the year for all. Though some people in the audience were drenched in the cold December air, they still cheered for their favorite artists, all while dancing in the rain with a good beer in hand.
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