Story by Jinky Cabildo and Alliah Czarielle Guerra

Photos by Luis Adrian Hidalgo, UP Aperture

The 36th Oblation Run held Friday noon served as the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity’s (APO) call to help Typhoon Yolanda victims.

“We are urging for the reliable response for the government regarding the distribution of relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and to raise concern for the environment,” said APO publicity official Darien Mitchell Bas.

Hundreds gathered in Palma Hall to witness the iconic protest run.

With colorful masks and roses in their hands, roughly 40 members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity ran naked around the premises. 

“I think it was very brave of them to do that,” said Gabrielle Goebl, an exchange student taking up Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

“It was awesome! We don’t have this in Europe,” she added.

Statements written on the placards carried by the runners singled out issues such as government corruption, particularly the pork barrel scam, and misallocation of funds for disaster response.

The runners’ masks were also sold for P500 each with the proceeds going to Typhoon Yolanda victims.

While many come for the public display of nudity, the essence of the protest remains. Bren Panaligan and Miguel Ramos, both from Pamatasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, believe that the Oblation Run was effective in conveying its message to the crowd and also to the media.

The Oblation Run is an annual APO tradition that started out as promotion for the 1977 play “Hubad na Bayani”. Since then, it has become known a call for attention and action on pertinent issues.

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