Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lantern Parade 2014

Warning: Long post below.

Like Oblation Run, I've been attending UP Lantern Parade since freshie year, and it never gets old. I love the creativity that the colleges and offices bring. But, I must say, this year is not the best. Maybe because of the not-so unexpected downpour. Or maybe because the people are too stressed because they just finished their finals an hour ago. (The parade started at 6pm, the exam ended as late as 5pm.) Are you still saying yes to academic calendar shift?

Photographer forever!
I'm failed, but I'm still proud. First ever DIY shoes!
Made my own cat ear headband

Proud :)

with my good friend, Clyde
Of course I went with STAND UP and the other friends from NCR

with Dadang & Ardyn
with buddy, Mark!

I attended the STAND UP Alumni reunion afterwards. It's nice to be with comrades, and hear their stories about organizing years before, and how STAND UP came to be.

That's all for now. Happy holidays, everyone! :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Oblation Run 2014

Warning: Explicit content below.

Unlike what we see in mainstream, profit-oriented media, Oblation Run, also known as The Ritual Dance of the Brave is not about men making running stark naked around Palma Hall, UP Diliman. They are advocating legitimate causes, like this year's theme: A Call to Uphold the Rule of Law, with the declaration of Disbursement Acceleration Program as unconstitutional as the main issue. 

Their other calls are 

  • justice for the slain transgender, Jennifer Laude
  • justice for Typhoon Haiyan victims and survivors
  • landlessness of Hacienda Luisita farmers
  • increased workers' wages
  • release of political prisoners
  • justice for Ampatuan massacre victims

I have been a spectator since freshman year, and it's completely frustrating that the media is portraying a mere part of the act, when Oblation Run was started during martial law, as a marketing strategy to generate funds for the Rollback Tuition Fee campaign (read more here). The run continues to highlight various social and political issues. Alpha Phi Omega is also part of the STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP), which is largest party-alliance of student formations in UP Diliman, and the alliance I am proudly part of.

That's me, holding roses from the fraternity!
One useful tip: If you want to watch the run, don't stand at the Palma Hall steps. That's where all the hype is, and you won't be able to see a thing. Go to the second floor or third floor of the building instead. It's a unique experience, just don't forget that they are running for genuine social change.