U.P. Oblation & Oval
University of the Philippines Diliman Campus Quezon City Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
U.P. Oblation & Oval Quezon City Reviews
very photogenic...relaxing and a place to see naked men! Jul 17, 2012
One of the neat things about living in Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village Diliman Q.C. was that whenever I felt like going for a walk or running, University of the Philippines – Diliman campus is just 10 minutes away. I feel fortunate to have lived near such a beautiful campus. I hope that by writing a good review for the place that somehow I can “give back” in exchange for the solitude and good-feel this place had provided for me back then.
The University of the Philippines is a flagship campus established in 1908. The campus has a total land area of 1,220 acres. Although, not the whole land area is built with infrastructure, much of the property is still unoccupied and forested.
I will not write so much about the history of this university; hence if this subject stirs your interest, I’ll let Mr. Wikipedia do the job. I would like to focus my review on the character of the place. U.P. Diliman campus is a gigantic garden-like with tree-lines avenues and wide grassy areas where all sorts of outdoor activities can be enjoyed by sports and health enthusiasts.
Like I mentioned I used to go here for “my-week-end-stay-fit-rituals” – walking. Thanks to the shade provided by the huge acacia trees lining the oval which makes possible to walk, run or bike practically any time of the day unless it is raining. There is a designated pedestrian’s, bikers’ and runners’ lane on the oval which motorized vehicles are not allowed. This means you don’t have to worry about getting run over by a car. In addition, on Sundays, the entire oval is closed off to motorized traffic and becomes one giant playground for runners, bikers, skaters and for someone who just want to go for a walk and enjoy the shade of the trees.
When you are visiting the university, you cannot miss the Oblation. This is the most iconic figure of the university and is right in front of Quezon Hall, the first building you see upon entering the campus. The statue was created by the renowned National Artist Guillermo E. Tolentino in the 1930’s. The Oblation is bronze statue of a naked man with outstretched arms that symbolizes his selfless offering of himself to the nation. And it is very photogenic!
Interestingly, I also found out that annually, there is a U.P. Oblation Run which is done every December. It is a tradition hold by the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and it is only done in the seven U.P. campuses. The Oblation Run is an event where NAKED MEN are running but of f course, with their masks. The purpose for the Oblation Run is not only a showcase of naked men running all over the campus, it is about being bold to raise current issues that the students are experiencing and let people know what are these issues (like tuition fee increase or even calling for the resignation or removal of the university’s President). So far the Oblation Run has attained a measure of social and political relevance.
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