UP Oblation Run hits Marcos burial at Heroes' Cemetery
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity in the University of the Philippines, Diliman ran naked through a packed crowd with only their faces covered to protest against the hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
The Great Oblation Run is a long-held tradition in the state university that began in 1977.
Also known as the "Ritual Dance of the Brave", it is a platform for the fraternity to declare its stand on certain issues and rally students behind them. Today, APO's message was a call for "Not just peace, but justice."
At least 27 members participated in the run, which had them cross the halls of Palma Hall, a popular building on campus where many of the undergraduate core classes are held.
They dedicated this run not only to seek justice for the victims of Martial Law, but also to ask the Duterte administration to stop extrajudicial killings and to end contractual labor.
Toby Roca of APO UP Diliman said, "[The government] should truly serve the people, protect the freedoms for which many have fought and died, by never forgetting the dark chapters of our history."
The APO members also called on the entire nation "to seek accountability and an honest unrevised history."
This year's Oblation Run coincides with the nationwide rallies against Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Spectators, who came to see the Oblation Run, also witnessed a pre-program rally. Anti-Marcos leftist groups led students in chanting, "Marcos diktador, hindi bayani." (Marcos is a dictator, not a hero.)
UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan issued a statement urging professors to excuse students who opted to join the rally instead of attending class.
Aside from the protests, the UP Pep Drummers played popular UP cheers and the UP Kontemporaryong-Gamelan Pilipino (UP Kontra-GaPi) performed as part of the pre-program. – Rappler.com
Jason Cabrera is a Rappler intern from UP Diliman.
- The night Ferdinand Marcos was buried – again
- Students at anti-Marcos rally: We're part of the fight
- Luneta protesters to Duterte: End alliance with Marcos family
- Sideshow: Group goes to Luneta to defend Duterte
- IN PHOTOS: Signs of the times at Luneta rally
From the provinces
- Baguio anti-Marcos rally: 'This will not be the last'
- Ilocanos protest too: 'Marcos is no hero'
- Bishop to Marcoses: Don't use a corpse for ambitions
- Bicol protesters: Hold Duterte accountable for Marcos burial
- Bacolod: Negrenses rally in heavy rain vs Marcos burial
- Ilonggos brave rains to protest Marcos burial
- Protesters in Imelda’s Tacloban: Dig up Marcos remains
- IN PHOTOS: Anti-Marcos rallies outside Metro Manila
Make your move
Even with all the noise and negativity online today, there are still stories of hope, love, and courage. We believe not only in telling these stories but enabling more of these stories to exist.
Through MovePH, we aim to engage communities of individuals, student organizations, and NGOs committed to social good.
You can be part of this movement through Rappler PLUS.
By joining Rappler PLUS, you will be able to take part in our MovePH campaigns and initiatives. Furthermore, your support will help us tell more stories and build more communities.
Rappler PLUS is your chance to make a difference.
Make your move now. Join Rappler PLUS.