Oblation Run 2014

By Seyra Rico - 12:29 PM

Warning: Explicit content below.

Unlike what we see in mainstream, profit-oriented media, Oblation Run, also known as The Ritual Dance of the Brave is not just about men running stark naked around Palma Hall, UP Diliman. They are advocating legitimate causes, like this year's theme: A Call to Uphold the Rule of Law, with the declaration of Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional as the main issue. 

Their other calls were:

  • justice for the slain transgender, Jennifer Laude
  • justice for Typhoon Haiyan victims and survivors
  • landlessness of Hacienda Luisita farmers
  • increased workers' wages
  • release of political prisoners
  • justice for Ampatuan massacre victims
I have been a spectator since freshman year, and it's completely frustrating that the media is portraying a mere part of the act, when Oblation Run was started during martial law, as a marketing strategy to generate funds for the Rollback Tuition Fee campaign (read more here). The run continues to highlight various social and political issues. Alpha Phi Omega is also part of the STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP), which is largest party-alliance of student formations in UP Diliman, and the alliance I am proudly part of.

That's me, holding roses from the fraternity!
One useful tip: If you want to watch the run, don't stand at the Palma Hall steps. That's where all the hype is, and you won't be able to see a thing. Go to the second floor or third floor of the building instead. It's a unique experience, just don't forget that they are running for genuine social change.

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