Select 100 images or less to download. [29], Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Pilipino Star Ngayon[46], On March 2009, the Oblation Run was criticized by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., a Philippine senator, calling it a "blatant display of male genitals" and a "wanton disregard of the rules of decent society." The Oblation Run (sometimes referred to as the Ritual Dance of the Brave) is an annual event held by the University of the Philippines (UP) chapters of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) in the different UP campuses. The run was a success so APO decided to stage it every year on the fraternity's anniversary, December 16. Additional runs are sometimes held in special events, such as the Centennial Run in 2008 where 100 members ran to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UP. [10][12][25], Contrary to popular belief, neophytes are forbidden to run.[10][13]. [21][22], According to a 1996 article published by the UP Diliman APO website, the run originated when an unnamed APO member ran naked inside the campus to promote an APO-sponsored play called Hubad na Bayani (Tagalog for Naked Hero).

After posing for photographers, they entered a car which then sped off. Runners usually bear masks to hide their identities, and may wear leaves to cover their genitals. [5] The Eta chapter was established on February 10, 1953 at UP Diliman. The runners are male, and traditionally run completely naked in public places, with their genitals fully visible, on a designated route. Women participating in the event, however, is not unheard of. In his honor, APO decided to stage the run annually and voice contemporary socio-political issues along with it. © 2020 Getty Images. Click here to request Getty Images Premium Access through IBM Creative Design Services.

Home Top 2020 by Month Interests My Wishlist Sign In. [49], Pimentel's position was supported by officials of the Catholic Church. The date may be changed if December 16 falls on a weekend.

This is the first ever instance that women took part in the occasion.

[15] The run has since spread to other UP campuses, including Baguio,[16] Los Baños,[17] Manila[18] and Visayas,[19] and non-UP colleges and universities, such as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines,[20] Far Eastern University and Bulacan State University. Although the event is often criticised, the participants are quite consistent. The act, however, was condemned by APO.[2][25]. [2], An Associated Press article likewise details a different version of the story. The event is usually done on December 16, and serves as a protest to contemporary national issues.[3]. Similar to the account by Oble, the film was banned by Marcos. [8] It is particularly known for its student activism. To celebrate the University of the Philippines centennial, 100 APO members ran half a mile around the Diliman campus on June 18, 2008. The statue of the naked man called Oblation gave the event its name and symbolic meaning. [9], Despite inconsistencies, sources generally agree that the Oblation Run started in 1977. The two, wearing masks to hide their identities, held banners promoting equal rights for women. fraternities. The event is held every December 16th to mark the foundation of the fraternity on this day back in 1925. They usually hand roses to a number of female spectators. *. 2006 Protest against the University of the Philippines tuition increase, 2005 "Merry Christmas ??? The Oblation Run is an annual tradition of the members of the Alpha Phi Omega, one of the prominent U.P.

[12] Similarly, the Internet Movie Database lists Hubad na Bayani as 1977 film directed by Robert Arevalo. [26][12], The Oblation Run is usually held on December 16, in honor of the international founding of Alpha Phi Omega on December 16, 1925. All those who run are full pledged [sic] members who have volunteered. The run has been criticized by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., a Philippine senator, calling it a "blatant display of male genitals" and a "wanton disregard of the rules of decent society," and comparing it with exhibitionist behaviors that are prohibited by the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. Rolly Abad would be killed a few months later in a brawl. [27] Runners usually bear masks to hide their identities, and may wear leaves to cover their genitals. {{collectionsDisplayName(searchView.appliedFilters)}}, {{searchText.groupByEventToggleImages()}}, {{searchText.groupByEventToggleEvents()}}. They usually hand roses to a number of female spectators. The event was observed by senior APO alumni, including Jejomar Binay who was the mayor of Makati. The play is dedicated to Rolly Abad, an APO member who was killed in a brawl a few months earlier. Select from premium Oblation Run of the highest quality. This page was last edited on 30 June 2020, at 13:30. As a sign of protest, it has called attention to several national issues including appeals for the ouster of former President Joseph Estrada,[2] justice for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre[28] and the 2010 Philippine Bar exam bombing. He argued that the run is not obscene because the runners were merely exercising their freedom of expression. [14] It is found in every UP campus, and has since become UP's identifying symbol.

The play was a political satire against Marcos. We are condemning their act not on gender issues because they are women, they can do run naked if they want to. [24], During the December 2005 Oblation Run at UP Diliman, two unidentified naked women, reportedly[according to whom?] The Oblation Run (sometimes referred to as the Ritual Dance of the Brave) is an annual event held by the University of the Philippines (UP) chapters of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) in the different UP campuses. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz supports this view.