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This is a photo taken of "The Oblation" located at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines.

The Oblation was made by the Filipino National Artist Guillermo Tolentino in the late 1930s.

The concrete sculpture painted to look like bronze, measures 3.5 meters in height, and symbolizes the 350 years of spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. The sculpture is replete with references of selfless dedication and service to the nation.

The artist describes the sculpture as "...the completely nude figure of a young man with outstretched arms and open hands, with tilted head, closed eyes and parted lips murmuring a prayer, with breast forward in the act of offering himself..."

The original statue is now kept in the University of the Philippines Main Library, and this sculpture which is the subject of my photograph is just a replica; which goes for other Oblation statues located in the other campuses of the State University.

I took this photograph in April 2008 when I was on vacation in the Philippines from my expat job stint in Dubai.

The Oblation have a special meaning for me, as I am an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, and service to country and my alma mater is part of my personal life mission and vision.

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