In one hand, they hold roses. In another, placards with their stand on political issues. For a free "show", girls, guys, gay guys (even closeted ones) flock to the UP campus to hopefully get a glimpse of some... well, ya know. Teehee. Even the media is present!
The UP Oblation Run is an annual university tradition that started in 1977. Back then, according to this article, members of the APO fraternity protested against the Marcos' banning of the film Hubad na Bayani. Now, I think it's just an initiation rite to be part of the fraternity.
Five years ago, I remember going to UP during school hours just to watch this famous run. It was my first (and only) time. I was a spectator who, like the others, giddily screamed and giggled as 20 naked men ran by. It was also funny hearing other spectators poking fun at flaccid penises. Fun stuff! It's not everyday you see a parade of naked guys in school.
Here are some of the photos I took in 2007:
And after a few days from the event, someone shared this photo of me in the crowd. Yikes!
|On the lookout! (Can't help but notice how gross my eyebrows looked before!)|
(Photo from otherjoseph.livejournal.com)
I think that watching the Oblation Run is something that must be experienced by UP students—even those from neighboring universities. Come to think of it, even for non-students... it's still a free show. So why not! These experiences make life a little more colorful. *wink*
The Oblation Run happens around December 14 every year at the UP Diliman campus.
Would you watch the Oblation Run?