MANILA, Philippines – Students screamed as young men bared all and ran naked along the College of Arts and Sciences grounds of the University of the Philippines-Manila on Friday.
About 50 of them, all members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity, wore masks.
Some gave flowers to their fellow students.
“Sobrang flattering siya, hindi ko alam kung anong mararamdaman. Ina-admire ko ‘yung courage nila,” said student Patricia Cabatit, one of those who received a rose.
“Kapag UP student, kailangan niyo maranasan talaga kahit once sa buhay niyo ang Oblation Run,” said another student, Abby Magallona.
The school’s Oblation Run is an annual tradition that’s actually less about nudity and more about making a stand.
In fact, this year’s run was dubbed “Sagarun sa Init: Don’t Breach the Earth’s Limit.”.
“It’s a call to action to the youth for their active participation sa mga issues ng climate change at sustainable development. Lalung-lalo na dito sa ating bansa,” said Michael Vince Serneo, grand chancellor of the APO.
This year, APO is also celebrating its 86th international founding anniversary.
APO started the Oblation Run in the 1970s. — ANC