The Oblation

University of the Philippines, Diliman, UP

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Right at the heart of U.P., The Oblation stands as a symbol of selfless offering of oneself to the country and to humanity.

Sculpted by Guillermo Tolentino, this icon is a translation of the second stanza of Jose Rizal’s “Mi Ultimo Adios.”

“En campos de batalla,
luchando con delirio,
Otros te dan sus vidas,
sin duda, sin pesar,
El sitio nada importa:
cipres, laurel o lirio,
Cadalso o campo abierto,
combate o cruel martirio,
Lo mismo es si lo piden
la patria y el hogar.”
-Jose Rizal
“In barricades imbattled;
fighting with delirium,
others donate you their lives
without doubts, without gloom,
The site doesn’t matter;
cypress, laurel or lily;
gibbet or open field,
combat or cruel martyrdom,
are equal if demanded
by country and home.”
-Translation by Nick Joaquin