Drills and uniforms highlight UP ROTC in Lantern Parade 2012
C2Lt Jomari Austria 3Cl
28 December 2012 at 2227H

It has been a glorious day for the University of the Philippines Diliman as it celebrates the spirit of Christmas through its annual Lantern Parade Festival held on 14 December 2012.

Front row for the Corps of Cadets is its Color Team which proudly carries the Philippine Flag and the UP Flag. Next in line are the UP Rayadillo cadets in formation.

Showing the UP community what the Corps has; the Rayadillo Silent Drill Team led by C2Lt Lance Jestin R Calub 3Cl, performed an exhibition of silent drills. The team executed a 30-second exhibition at Palma Hall and Melchor Hall, and a two-minute drill at Quezon hall, which amazed the crowd with their arduous and tricky rifle skills using a dummy yet hefty M-14 rifle.

People were amazed with the parade of uniforms as Cadet Officers, Sponsors and Cadets from the Ranger and Rescue companies showcased the different uniforms of the Corps.

First Class Cadet Officers wore their White Duck uniform which is commonly used during Ring Hop Ceremony when cadet officers graduate from ROTC.

Third Class Cadet Officers showed off their General Office Uniform (GOU). In normal days, to distinguish the Cadet Officer of the Day (COD) which is the second in command with the Corps Commander at that particular day, he wears the GOU.

Also, some female Cadet Officers displayed their fearsome Battle Dress Attire (BDA). This attire is worn by soldiers during operations and training days. Often called as camouflage by layman’s term, this attire is a tactical uniform engaged by the army in its various activities. It can be worn with a Patrol Cap or a Beret

Behind the Cadet Officers were the Ranger and Rescue Cadets wearing the Tropical Fatigue Uniform (TFU). Ranger cadets had their face painted with coal for tactical purposes. TFU has been once a standard uniform in the army during the world war. Now, this serves as the uniform of basic cadet during training days. It is usually worn with a ball cap.

Proudly, the Silent Drill Team wore the Rayadillo uniform. It has been once the standard uniform of Filipino Military Officers during the Filipino-Spanish Revolution. Evolved into a light blue stripped upper garment partnered with white pants that come with a red sash and worn with the Guinit cap, it has been a symbol and an obelisk of UP for five decades. The uniform itself is an entity and a monument symbolizing the Filipinos virtue and zeal for its country as it uphold the shibboleths of the UP ROTC – DUTY well-performed, HONOR untarnished, and COUNTRY above self.

The Sponsors in their Cream Uniform were escorted by the Cadet Officers. The uniform symbolizes the Filipina character and its patriotism for its nation. It is only worn during formal occasions and ushering services. Its design has been altered but still, it retains the colors white and cream along with the colors maroon and green which signifies the university.

photo by: Vanguard Ryan Kristofer Arana

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