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LOOK: This year’s UP Fair is more than just concerts and food stalls

Like the annual Lantern Parade and Oblation Run, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fair is an eagerly anticipated event organized by the state university. Live performances by the hottest local bands are the main attraction of the yearly affair that includes food and beverage booths and amusement-park rides. 

Traditionally held on a Tuesday night, this year’s UP Fair (called “Tumindig sa Himig”) is slated on Monday night, February 10 at the UP Sunken Garden, Diliman, Quezon City, and will culminate on the evening of Saturday, February 15.  

Each night not only features an array of exciting musical acts, it also highlights a specific advocacy. How very UP! 


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Monday, February 10: Hiwaga 


Advocacy: The independence and sovereignty of the Filipino people

Organizers: UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) and O/C Records 

Performers: Callalily, Unique Salonga, UDD, Ebe Dancel, Slapshock, SB19, Glaiza de Castro, This Band, Kjwan, Clara Benin, Reese Lansangan, Philia, Gian Magdangal, Earl Generao, Rice Lucido, Frizzle Anne, Bita and the Botflies, Martin Riggs, Calein, Zsaris, Paraluman, bird, Caleb Santos, The Happy Pill, Seth Sanches, Bone-A, Cale, Father Long Dragon, and The Busking Community PH. 



Tuesday, February 11: Kalye Tunes 


Advocacy: The “Struggle Against the Attacks on Urban Poor,” specifically extrajudicial killings, transportation crisis, TRAIN Law, and the like.

Organizers: EMC2 Fraternity; Vlogger Mimiyuuuh is a special guest host. 

Performers: Local hip-hop acts Al James, ALLMO$T, Because, Kiyo, Ron Henley, Matthaios, Mark Oblea, KZ Tandingan, Shanti Dope, BLKD X Calix, Gloc-9, Maria Laroco with Aysden, Just Hush, Alisson Shore, FourPlay. 



Wednesday, February 12: Elements


Advocacy: Academic Freedom

Organizers: UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants

Performers: Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Sponge Cola, Silent Sanctuary, Itchyworms, Rocksteddy, Rivermaya, Hale, Soapdish, Aia de Leon, Any Name’s Okay, Brisom, Sandiwa, The Revisors, Tamara, Dotty’s World, Noise From The Attick, syd hartha, Absolute Play, Written By The Stars, LUNARLIGHTS, Room for Cielo, Chiquerella. 



Thursday, February 13: Roots


Advocacy: Climate Justice

Organizers: UP Economics Society and UP Underground Music Society 

Performers: Rico Blanco, Andrew E, Munimuni, Moonstar88, Orange and Lemons, Never the Strangers, Johnoy Danao, 6cyclemind, Pedicab, Paint it Black, Shirebound and Busking, area25, Aizo, Ourselves the Elves, Please Process, Ivan Theory, OGG, Tard. 



Friday, February 14: Cosmos


Advocacy: Freedom of expression and gender emancipation

Organizers: UP Junior Marketing Association and USC

Performers: Orange and Lemons, Autotelic, She’s Only Sixteen, Munimuni, Moonstar88, Lola Amour, Al James, Itchyworms, IV of Spades, Leanne and Naara, Hale, Mayonnaise, Better Days, Magnus Haven, Join the Club, Over October, Sofa Sky, Tamara, St. Wolf, and The Quirks. 



Saturday, February 15: Rev


Advocacy: Human rights—as well as artistic, musical, and cultural empowerment. 

Organizers: Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity and Sigma Delta Pi Sorority 

Performers: Queso, Greyhoundz, Valley of Chrome, Urbandub, Vie, Saydie, Munimuni, Moonstar88, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Gracenote, Better Days, The Vowels They Orbit, We Got, Kurei, Carmensita, Room for Cielo, The Mothercampers, Haragan, 9 Scoops of Vanilla, Keeping Symphonies, and A Cute Triangle 




Text by Joy Rojas. 

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