he, who had nothing,
stripped of defense noshed with principles;
wet by the gush of rain, dried by the summer sun
wide-stretched, he was the naked man-
A nude young man with his arms wide-stretched and open hands, tilted head, eyes closed, and parted lips as if murmuring a prayer, with his breast forward in the act of offering himself- this is the Oblation, the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines which symbolizes a selfless offering of one's self to his country.
The sculpture (all concrete and painted in bronze) was made by Professor Guillermo Tolentino and was first shown to public in 1939. Aside from being the University's main symbol, it is also the centerpiece of UP's centennial logo. UP will be celebrating its 100 years in 2008 (1908-2008).