U.P. Oblation Statue To Be ‘Unveiled’

IMG_1807QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Oblation, the well-recognized symbol of the University of the Philippines will soon be unveiled. Literally.

The naked statue of a man (with just a leaf front covering), with hands outstretched and looking up to the sky, was designed by Filipino artist Guillermo Tolentino.

The U.P. Board of Regents unanimouslty approved a resolution for the total unveiling to symbolize the university’s continuing search of the truth through education.

Critics say, however, that it is the board’s strategy to diffuse and cover up the controversies that have plagued the university in recent months — including its politics, activism and its failure to  make it to the topnotcher lists in professional regulation exams.

No state funds will be used for ‘renovating’ the oblation statues at all U.P. campuses nationwide.  An ‘endowment’ grant from concerned U.P. alumni has been set aside for this purpose.

“It is a coming of age,” one U.P. student commented. “If students can run around fully naked during the annual “Oblation Run,” why can’t the very symbol of the university do the same?”

One question remains between now and the unveiling:  how endowed is the Oblation?


2 thoughts on “U.P. Oblation Statue To Be ‘Unveiled’”

    1. True, geonyc! That’s what I think too… I wish my candidate won the elections instead (Poe or Mar Roxas), for sure hindi sila magiging dictator or mag-implement ng Martial Law… I’m still disappointed until now kahit move on na ako sa elections. Hindi na lang ako nanonood ng news para hindi ako ma-depressed or mainis! People in my country are going to bash me for having different opinions and beliefs (or being in the minority / having unpopular opinion)! Tsk! This is one of the many reasons why I am NOT proud being a Filipino… I really don’t like EJK, cussing and dictatorship… Hindi naman lahat ng tao ay bumoto kay RD at meron namang tao na hindi nakaboto nung eleksyon kagaya ko.

      Anyway, going to the topic, I think hindi dapat i-abolish ang oblation statue kasi maganda naman siya tignan at historical landmark na rin siya…


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