WHAT DOES OBLATION SYMBOLIZES?
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U.P Oblation statue
Author/s: Alfredo M. Abao IV
Rizal Technological University
This term paper contains the information about a naked figure of a young man in a symbolic gesture of sacrificial offering of service to country and humanity has become a landmark in every branch of the University of the Philippines and also known as the statue of oblation. The Oblation is also the major rallying point for all kinds of dissent, protest actions, and social criticism, as well as expressions of public service, nationalism, and patriotism. For the autonomous units and all the campuses of the University of the Philippines, the Oblation is the enduring symbol of their unity in mission, vision and traditions. Keywords:
Symbolism, Philippines pride, Oblation run, nationalistic, nudity, loyalty
If De La Salle University is closely identified with the Green Archer figure and the Ateneo De Manila is represented by a Blue Eagle, the state-run University of the Philippines has the statue of the Oblation as its iconic symbol. When one thinks of UP, what comes to mind is The Oblation. The Oblation is the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, represented by a man with arms wide-stretched and face facing up, symbolizing selfless offering of one’s self to his country. The Oblation, a masterpiece of Filipino sculptor Guillermo E. Tolentino, was commissioned in 1935 by President Rafael Palma, first Filipino president of the University. His order was for professor Tolentino to translate the second stanza of Rizal's "Last Farewell" into a monument which would be the identifying landmark of the University.
“In barricades embattled; fighting with delirium,
Others donate you their lives without doubts, without gloom, The site doesn’t matter; cypress, laurel, or lily;
Gibbet or open field combat or cruel martyrdom,
Are equal if demanded by country and home.”
Originally, the statue was completely naked, but, as morality was prevailing at that time, it was modified by former U.P. President Jorge Bocobo with the addition of a fig leaf to cover the genitals. The 3.5 meter height of the statue stands for the 350 years of Spanish rule in the Philippines. The rocks on the base of the relic were taken from Montalban (Rizal) gorge, site of the fierce fighting between Filipino guerillas and the Japanese army during the Second World War. On November 29, 1958, on the occasion of the University's golden jubilee and 23 years after the original statue was first unveiled in Padre Faura, the 9-foot tall bronze Oblation was unveiled in UP Diliman where it now stands in front of Quezon Hall, main administration building of the University of the Philippines. At this ceremony, President Vicente Sinco said: "The Oblation has served as a symbol of the spirit of dedication of the University of the Philippines to the ideals of service to our people and of loyalty to the cause of human betterment. It has stood for many years as the visible and tangible embodiment of purity of purpose and unhidden motives. Heretofore, this statue has been molded in sand and portland cement materials of lesser permanence and fragile beauty. Now it is executed in bronze so it will be more enduring and more resistant to the corroding elements of nature. As we celebrate this change, we rededicate this center of education, for which this landmark stands, to a more determined pursuit of truth in whatever shape and form, to the promotion of academic freedom, and to a tireless cultivation of love for all men regardless of race, rank, and religion. May this figure forever stand to move those who come to this University to brighter visions of service and loyalty?" BODY
Oblation plaza is a garden where the famous Oblation statue is located. It is in front of Quezon Hall at UP Diliman. The sculpture was funded by the U.P. students of 1935-1936, and was...
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