Did you know that the Oblation was based on the second stanza of Jose Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios?
In 1935, UP President Rafael Palma commissioned artist Guillermo Tolentino to create a statue which would serve as the identity of the university, based on the second stanza of the national hero’s last poem which read:
"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.”
First unveiled at the old campus on Padre Faura St., Manila, the Oblation was dedicated in ceremonies on National Heroes Day of the same year. It was later moved to Diliman, Quezon City when the main administrative units of the university transferred to the new campus.
According to Tolentino, the “nude figure of a young man with outstretched arms and open hands, with tilted head, closed eyes and parted lips murmuring a prayer, with breast forward in the act of offering himself, is my interpretation of that sublime stanza. It symbolizes all the unknown heroes who fell during the night.”
Brief history of the Oblation [http://www.oblation.com.ph/history.htm]
The University of the Philippines: A University for Filipinos, 1984
The University of the Philippines-Diliman takes the first place among Philippine Schools. Also, most of the University of the Philippines schools such as University of the Philippines Los Baños (3), University of the Philippines Manila (4), University of the Philippines System (7), University of the Philippines Mindanao (8), and University of the Philippines Baguio (24) are included in the list.
Another via Facebook moment.
At dahil 2005 ang student number ko, walang choice kundi bumalik sa memory lane. Tutal lagi namang binabalikan. Hindi pa uso non ang mga ganyang tweet or itatag ka lang sa facebook ng picture ng pangalan mo, nakabold na, may pulang bilog pa.
Uso non, yung may isa sa batchmates ninyo ang pupunta sa Diliman, para makita ang results. Itetext mo lang pangalan mo, tapos matagalang pagaantay ng resulta. Or pwede din ang magdamagangrefresh ka sa UPCAT website. Sa UP manila ang first choice ng school ko, non, yun na ang pinakamataas na UPG requirement. Biology. Gusto ko kasi dati magdoktor. (Hehehehehe.)
Umasa din ako non. Hindi talaga ako nagapply sa ibang college bilang hopeful nga ako. Mabuti pumasa naman. Pero nagapply din ako sa La Salle. Political Science. Lakas lang. Pumasa din.
Ang dami kong sinasabi. Basta para sa mga bagong (nangangarap na) iskolar ng bayan… Konting dasal pa. Hehe. Ilang linggo pa yan, okay?
Honor. And. Excellence.
And by extraordinary, we mean not having a GWA of 1.0. We do not mean perfecting exams.
By extraordinary, we mean, never giving up. Keep fighting.
If it is worth dreaming of, then it is worth fighting for, and when it is worth fighting for, it is worth suffering through.