When the elections divide, the boodle fight unites.
The Institute saw a surge in student participation on Friday afternoon during the food fest organized by the AITSC. The program was part of a week-long 36th anniversary celebration of UP AIT.
Bare-handed, students feasted on liempo, ensalada, lechon manok, sinugbang tilapia, and fruits which the four student organizations pooled in on long tables.
“This is better than having an AIT party,” noted the Salimbay columnist, Jake Crisologo, who joined in the boodle fight.
“It’s a refreshing sight to see students happy – eating with their bare hands and sharing laughter with their peers. We hope this symbolic form of unity will get to be propelled into more meaningful forms in the future,” said JC Danganan, the student council chairperson.
Meanwhile, Prof. Reil Cruz has this to say, “[It’s a] great way to usher the AIT week. Communal eating makes the food taste better.”
Aside from the boodle fight, five other activities will compose the celebration. Now on its second year, the AITlympics on February 27 is a “revival of a defunct event ‘BATBATAN’ which adheres to the same concept of Batch Palaro or Intramurals”.
The college’s events and achievements shall be displayed in Nostalgia: Gallery of Memories from February 28 to March 2.
Meanwhile, another Serious Talk Series shall lead off next Thursday, March 1. The session’s topic shall academically look on the new promotional campaign of the Department of Tourism. Last semester’s session invited PALEA’s president, Gerry Rivera, to talk on the struggles of laid-off employees of the country’s legacy airline.
Another event, the AIT Idol, will be held on March 2, while the AITSC is yet to reveal details on the outreach program.
The anniversary’s events are being supported by Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa. –Paolo Abellanosa