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The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) was adjudged as the Most Colorful Delegation at the 2017 Bañamos Civic Parade. Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director of the Information Office and the Multimedia Center, and Asst. Prof. Aurora Lacaste, the University Registrar, led the more than 100 men and women UPOU delegation.

The parade held on 15 September 2017, was one of the activities held for the week-long celebration of the 402nd Founding Anniversary of Los Baños and the 16th Bañamos Festival. The theme of the celebration was “Mananatiling Matatag sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon.” The Bañamos Civic Parade was participated in by UPOU's fellow members from the Los Banos Science Community Foundation, Inc.; various government offices, people and private organizations, and schools, colleges and universities. The foot parade started at 6:00 AM from Olivarez Plaza in Bgy. Batong Malake and headed towards Paciano Rizal Park in Brgy. Baybayin. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)