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Jingle Bells

oblationI happened to pass Gen. Luna St. last Tuesday because my boss wanted me to schedule a meeting with the researchers and planners who happened to convene in Iloilo. Working in ADB is no easy job and arranging the schedules made me exceptionally busy especially that we were on a given study for LGUs. I was supposed to meet them early but I was unfortunately trapped for 30 minutes in a traffic jam along the parallel lanes of UP. When I inquired what it was that caused the delay, the driver said, “Oblation run sir.”

“It’s APO day,” I presumed, looking at the members who gathered in the street to watch their bold brethren run. Amused at the sight, I thought that APO indeed was a metaphoric version of the Jingle Bells. With their genitalia dangling from to left to right, it surely was a merry show more than any Christmas carol could offer.  Girls and faggots alike swarmed the street to take a glimpse, not of the essence of the activity, but of the display of “birdies”. “Ang cute,” one exclaimed. Another said, “Ang dumi naman ewww. Ba’t maitim-itim?” The funniest I heard was a voice from a group of gays shouting, “He is so tiny!!!” Most of the spectators were giddy, while others were even too conservative to glance at the spectacle.

But I will not dwell there, otherwise that would mean endless funny remarks. What I am wondering about is the reason why APO sustains this tradition. They say streaking is their way of shouting their sentiments of freedom. In short it stands as a symbol of freedom. But why cover their faces? What’s the difference between a fully clothed man with an exposed face and a naked man but with his face covered? Nothing, I dare say.

With this “streaking”, I suppose APO is just publicizing their fraternity; “Hey join us, we’re cool!” while missing out on the action to actually promulgate something for the realization of freedom.

In Britain, for example, there was one time where people ran stark naked for a cause despite the cold weather. The nice thing about it was that they posed in front of the camera with no qualms. I am just wondering if the British did it with no  clothing facade, why can’t you run in the same way when you uphold in fact  a nobler cause – freedom?  This perplexes me to unravel the logic of this annual activity thus, whatever the cause, it is inevitable for me to stand as arbiter of its verity. It is not my wish to criticize APO, but I really cannot find any significance in what they are doing. If they call for freedom, let them have it in different ways and not like this ribald event which I deem facile wrought by maudlin sentiments. How in the earth could one claim freedom by running in the street naked and holding roses like bozos? Remember that a symbol for freedom will never match an action towards it. If you are really after freedom, gather your members and organize a fruitful and sensible event that would lead to something useful that the country would be grateful of. Imagine if you could gather 10,000 of your members for a tree-planting activity, you will also have 10,000, new trees to help curtail carbon emission in the air- a fair response to the effect of global warming  to give us a cleaner breath for our quest of environmental freedom. This might not be known to everybody, but you will be proud to know that you acted beyond the symbol of freedom.

But if they still wanted to continue, at least have the guts to follow St. Francis of Assisi who took off his clothes in the middle of the crowd and gave his garment to the poor man beside him. He simply wanted freedom from the hedonistic world. He was not shy of what he did even though society was run by a stringent moral standard in his time. Hence, I suggest that next time they do this, they shouldn’t cover their faces. And bring books instead of wilted flowers, and instead of posing in front of women to offer them flowers, to which with your keen consciousness will never suffice the claim of letting your sentiment known, run to the nearest palaboy and give him a book. By doing this, your efforts might be appreciated, or they might become a source of inspiration for street children to seek education (which I always believe to be an effective phase in achieving freedom). You might be laughed at and everybody would deem you crazy, but deep inside, you know you are doing a better goodness. At least your “Jingle Bells” will have a better errand.

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  1. Mrs. Pags
    December 19, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    you seem to be seeing a lot of nakedness lately. first the dogs, and now humans. let me ask a philosophical question. is it nakedness that’s following you or are you following nakedness?
    hahaha :p

  2. Dabubu
    December 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    You have great insight. =)

  3. totomel
    December 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    well…chances are always there.its all by accident.hehehe.when do you think will UP have an oblation run na women na ang bida? hmmmm.. kindly ask you mom.she knows diliman better.hahaha

  4. totomel
    December 19, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    dabubu, you never stop fattening my heart.heheh.inspiring kaayo kag mga comments da.hehehe

  5. December 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Yes, the oblation run seems to be more of a publicity stunt nowadays, and you have superior ideas on better activities for the APO members to occupy themselves with.

    Oh, last year there were three or four women who had their own mini-oblation run in Quezon Hall (the original men ran in Palma Hall, a couple of buildings away). 🙂 The APO members were rather peeved that the female exhibitionists “stole their spotlight.”

  6. December 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    more about oblation run and other fraternity discussions here: http://www.pinoyfraternity.com

  7. O
    December 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    jingle bells
    jingle bells
    jingle all the waaay…
    (sing with me!)
    oh what fun! oblation run!

  8. Dabubu
    December 21, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Of course, but you are also well-acquainted with my frankness – which gives my compliments more weight. You know I mean every word. =)

  9. totomel
    December 21, 2008 at 9:09 am

    i read about that gabz.haha… good for them. maybe it’s time they should get away from spotlight and try to act like better members, that if they really want change.

  10. totomel
    December 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    thanks for dropping by borgie… but i will like it better if you can discuss your point here. =)

  11. totomel
    December 21, 2008 at 9:13 am

    thanks my dabubu…you are very sweet:)

  12. totomel
    December 21, 2008 at 9:38 am

    to O: hahaha…ang galing mong kumanta. “oh what fun,oblation run and a one two one two three,hey!!!

    hahaha

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