By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso led the opening rites of this year’s Harry Potter-themed Paskuhan or Christmas festivities at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on Monday.
The actor-turned-politician got a rockstar welcome as students in the university took turns to have a selfie with the Mayor. It was the first time that Domagoso attended the opening of Paskuhan.
Domagoso said UST Paskuhan exemplified the vibrant nation’s capital.
“Congratulations sa pamunuan ng UST, sa mga organizers, ang saya saya! City of lights! Synchronize na tayo, I hope we can work together, the government and institution..sana magtuloy tuloy na ang Manila na maging vibrant again,” Domagoso said.
The Paskuhan festivities started with the traditional mass and Agape or campus wide “salu-salo” for the Thomasian community.
This year’s Paskuhan also featured a drone show, the same show from the opening of the Southeast Asian Games. A giant Christmas tree in the university’s parade ground was lit, decorated with colorful ornaments.
Domagoso was also joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, an alumna of UST herself, during the festivities.