APO fraternity members run naked vs corruption-A A +A
Friday, December 13, 2013
MORE than 30 men on Friday noon ran naked around Palma Hall in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City calling for environmental awareness and to protest against corruption in the country.
Students and visitors also came to witness the annual event popularly known as the Oblation Run. Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Fraternity, one of the more known groups in the university, organized the run.
Toby Roca, the organizer for this year's event told Sun.Star, "We took the two issues as partners since the main reason kung bakit hindi nakapag-response nang mabilis ang government natin sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad ay dahil sa hindi nagagamit ng maayos ang kaban ng bayan. Napupunta ito sa mga maling bulsa."
Roca also said that part of the 2013 Oblation Run's theme is to raise people's awareness to climate change and corruption, which both make a huge impact to many lives.
Meanwhile, three participants who refused to be identified said that their main battle cry during the event was to sympathize with those who were badly affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Eastern Visayas and for the never-ending issue of corruption.
A participant who has been joining of the fraternity's annual event for the past eight years said, "Though hindi na ako student ng UP, I still chose to run kasi dito ko lang maipapakita ang concern ko sa bayan lalo na ngayon ang daming naghihirap dahil sa mga kalamidad at sa corruption. I do this bilang isang concerned na mamamayan ng bansa na sana matapos na ang kasamaan sa gobyerno."
Mel Alcala, an APO member who served as one of the marshals, said that one of the objectives of the run is to shed light on various issues.
"Iniiwasan natin na mabastos ang ibang ka-brad natin kasi mayroon iba na nanghihipo. Nawawala na ang essence ng programa," Alcala said.
The event, named after the iconic UP sculpture called Oblation, was first held in 1977 to promote the movie "Hubad na Bayani." Like the sculpture, APO members believe that the Oblation Run is also a representation of "a selfless offering of one's self to the country." (Sunnex)