UP Hayride

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The UP Hayride is a lost tradition of the University of the Philippines. It was begun in the early 1950s. Open bed vehicles provided by the Student Union were lined with hay and all the students were allowed to hitch rides.

A sing-along tradition evolved, with songsheets being passed to all celebrants and competing groups of students tried to outdo the passing groups with clapping, singing, and shouting, as they went around the campus. The evening would turn to merriment and revelry or even rowdiness.

Another feature was the torch marathon wherein contestants would vie running around the campus with lit torches for the honor to be the first the light the bonfire situated at the union center open court.

The annual ritual was put to a stop with the tragic death of a student in 1969.


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