The Christmas exhibit, entitled “Christmaseum,” at the UST Museum will open on November 28, 2017 (Tuesday), at 4:00 p.m. The exhibit, a collaboration among the Museum, the College of Fine Arts and Design’s Department of Interior Design, and the Conservatory of Music, will showcase, among other things, iconic Christmas ornaments, and the vocal talent of the Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble.
The defining ornament in the exhibit is the Christmas “parol,” which is closer to the Filipino heart than any other ornament. According to exhibit lead curator Assoc. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi, “Be it a small and simple family parol, to the most elaborate and ostentatious display of lights in the giant parols—the meaning remains: an expression of faith, hope and the victory of light over darkness. It symbolizes the Great Light of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men to our Saviour’s manger.
Bulanadi said “the exhibition is a sky full of multi-colored parol and lights, of different shades, different textures that will truly twinkle-glimmer-sparkle and shimmer towards the Belen. The parols were hand crafted by the Sophomore and Junior Interior Design students.”
The exhibition is curated by Assoc. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi, John Carlo Beliganio, and Michael Suqui of the Department of Interior Design.