APO fraternity members conduct Oblation Run yesterday afternoon
TACLOBAN CITY—Some 10 members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity staged the group’s annual Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas-Tacloban College (UPV-TC) campus yesterday noon.
The APO members staged the yearly undertaking to dramatized their protest against human rights violations, campus militarization, tuition fee increases, gender bias and global warming.
Fraternity members in the run also cried foul over issues concerning teachers’ welfare, education budget cut and other issues affecting the education sector.
The Oblation Run lasted for about 15 minutes after fraternity members got out from a rented van. The participants, who were all masked and holding placard ran around the campus located along Magsaysay Boulevard.
Students from all over Tacloban City, employees from nearby agencies were among the spectators at the run.
It was learned that the annual Oblation Run, which is held all over UP system campuses started in 1977 and is usually held every December to voice the fraternity’s protest on national issues.
Contrary to popular belief, the famous Oblation Run was created not as part of the fraternity’s initiation but rather as a promotional stint for the organization’s 1977 play “Hubad na Bayani,” a homage to one of the group’s members who was killed in a rumble.
The Oblation also depicts a naked man facing upward with his arms outstretched, is an iconic statue of UP done by the late National Artist Guillermo Tolentino.
The statue symbolizes selfless offering of one’s self for the country. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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