In CSU Gonzaga, Christmas fills the air through its Bamboo and Pineapple-inspired Giant Lanterns. These are the campus's entries for the Giant Lantern Making competition during the Year-End Assessment of the University on December 20, 2022 at CSU-Andrews campus.
The center of the first lantern is a star made out of Bolo bamboo poles and culms decorated and surrounded by flowers made out of giant bamboo leaves with Belen in the middle. The star is placed at the center of the Giant Buddha Belly structure made out of Kawayan Kiling and Bolo with touch of Christmas lights and lantern baskets all made out of Bamboo.
The other lantern shows two images of Pineapple which the campus is known for as well. The Pineapple was made out of Bamboo Kiling and Bolo and was made better through a touch of lights and colorful paints.
Pineapple and Bamboo symbolize CSU Gonzaga's resilience amidst many turbulences of the past. The celebration of Christmas, through our lanterns, is happier and more cheerful.
The campus entry won 3rd place Best Giant Lantern among the 25 entries. This was because of the brilliant concept of Dean Mae Angelica Sinco and Prof. Jeff Opena coupled with the helping hands and support of the Campus Executive Officer, campus officials, COS and JO employees and students.