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UST Has No Plans of Canceling Christmas as Paskuhan Goes Online

The pandemic is not stopping UST from celebrating Chrsitmas.
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Imagine a year without Paskuhan. Dominicans at the University of Santo Tomas can’t imagine it, either, and they’re not letting the pandemic stop them from hosting another one. 

Paskuhan is the traditional Christmas party of UST usually attended by students and alumni numbering in the tens of thousands. Past years saw crowds of up to 100,000 gathered in the football field of the 400-year-old university. Highlights of the yearly tradition include performances from the country’s leading artists and the 10-minute musical pyrotechnic display at midnight. 

This year, a more somber Paskuhan will take place online. There will be no fireworks, but there will be a concert. According to the Varsitarian, the Catholic university will hold a  “Concert for a Cause” on December 18, Friday, 7 p.m. 

The concert will benefit adopted communities of UST Legazpi in Albay. “Since the affected communities are now in [the] rehabilitation phase, we will be giving cash donations for the rehabilitation of our beneficiary community,” said Arnet Paguirigan, member of the Central Student Council. 

Non-Thomasians may also join the donation drive and deposit any amount during the live Paskuhan broadcast, which will be streamed on the Facebook page of UST.

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