34 men run for Yolanda, love

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

IT WAS a run for hope and love.

Yesterday, 34 members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity took part in the annual Oblation Run held inside the University of the Philippines-Visayas Cebu Campus (UPVCC) yesterday afternoon.

This year’s run had the theme “Bangon Pilipinas” and was dedicated to survivors of the Oct. 15 earthquake and of super typhoon Yolanda. And as in previous runs where civic-political concerns were brought to the fore, yesterday’s run also raised the issues on the pork barrel and tuition increase.

The runners, who went around the campus three times, brought banners bearing messages like “Quit the Blame Game,” “Bangon Samar,” and “Fight Grater Against State Subsidy.”

After the third round, the runners gathered in front of the university’s main building. They then spread out and gave flowers to the girls who were watching the run.

“I feel really happy because it’s the first time I received flowers in public,” Clarissa Lipurada said after receiving flowers from one of the runners. She also believes that the Oblation Run is not offensive. “It’s a way to raise awareness for different causes,” Lipurada added.

And then came one runner’s “cause.”

Few minutes after the run, people were confused when they saw dressed men wearing the Oblation Run masks and approaching the main building.

They were also bringing with them balloons and flowers, and then gave these to a girl standing in front of the building. A confetti popper popped and then one of the men asked “Will you marry me?”

Ryz Marvil Cabello, the girl who was given the balloons and flowers, said she was surprised. “It was unexpected. I was really surprised.” She also said it felt weird at first because she never saw balloons in previous Oblation Runs.

Her boyfriend, Ed Lendl Aves decided to propose marriage during the Oblation Run, saying the event is very important to APO, of which he and Cabello are both members.

Cabello and Aves have been together for 8 years. They met when they were 16 years old and newbies in the fraternity. They are planning to get married soon but admitted they still have to save money for the big day. Joseph Angelus Jalalon, USJR- Mass Com Intern

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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