AS PART of its centennial (100th year) celebration, the University of the Philippines Cebu installed a new Oblation on Tuesday, March 20.
The new statue is a replica of the original cast of National Artist Guillermo Tolentino and was sculpted by former UP Open University chancellor and Professor Emeritus Grace Javier Alfonso.
The Oblation, UP's iconic symbol, is an image of a naked man with outstretched arms and upturned face to depict selfless dedication, service to the nation and patriotism.
The original Oblation sculpted by Tolentino was commissioned by former UP president Rafael Palma, who also requested that the piece be based on the second verse of Jose Rizal's Mi Ultimo Adios.
UP Cebu's Oblation still stands in front of the university's Administration Building, which was declared a historical landmark by the National Historical Commission in December 2010.
UP Cebu launched its countdown for the centennial celebration in 2016. The campus was established on March 3, 1918 and will turn 100 this year.
It was originally known as the Junior College of Liberal Arts. Its name was changed through the years.
It is now one of the constituent universities of the UP System effective October 2016. (Lora M. Manigos)