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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.