I took these shots for my J123 Photojournalism Class on a very hot Tuesday afternoon. It was a very bad day for me because (1) classes just resumed and (2) I was nursing a very stubborn cold, which made me drowsy all day. Bathing in the scorching 1pm sun wasn’t a good idea at all, but I needed the sunlight for better exposures.

So I started clicking within the Oblation Statue grounds, lugging a huge tripod with me for more stability. Seconds later, a guard approaches me.

Guard: Sir, bawal po kunan ang Oblation.
Me: Ha? Kelan pa ho naging bawal? Nung isang araw lang kumukuha ako dito ah?
Guard: Bawal ho kasi video-han yan. Baka ho kasi makasama sa imahe ng UP ‘pag ginamit sa kung saan.
Me: Aah hindi naman ho ako nagvivideo. Para sa photography class ko ho ito, eto po o *shows him my digicam* digicam lang ho yan.
Guard: Ah oh sige ho. Huwag na lang ho kayo magvideo.
Me: Eh hindi nga ho ako nagvivideo manong.
Guard: Eh wag nyo na lang ho gamitin yan (points to the tripod), mukha ho kasi kayong nagvivideo eh.

So lemme ask, what’ll mire the image of UP more? Me taking a video or me seeming to take a video of the Oblation? C’mon Kuya Guard!

Anyway, off with the pictures. Please don’t kill me if ever I took a bad shot. Amateur here.



View more Oblation Statue Pics at my Photo Gallery!

So yeah, you’ve probably seen most of the shots already, but some are fresher ways to look at the infamous UP symbol. It’s hard to take photos of the Oblation because it rests right in front of the admin building, which creates a real problem when juggling between angle and symmetry. Which ones should you consider? In this collection, angles won over the symmetry.

This would be the first addition to my new Photo Album. Check it out! =)

29 Responses to “Fresh Ways of Seeing the UP Oblation”
  1. Kuya Ederic says:

    Sosyal. May photo album na, hehe. Plugin ba yan?

    Pinakagusto ko yung 100_2838. Di ko siya madalas makita nang ganyan.

  2. JM says:

    @ederic onga, unusual shot yan. Hehe. Yep plugin po iyan! =)

  3. andianka says:

    ey! nice photos.. funny talaga pag sinasabihan ka na bawal kunan ang something. i mean.. san namang kasamaan mo gagamitin ang oblation, oblation run nga kinukunan! hahahha!

    ganda ng kuha, and yeah, it is a new way of looking at it. isa lang comment ng nagmamarunong but not meant as a negative one… biro ng mga feeling artist, like sa pic sa second mo… ‘the object is too dead center!’ nyahahahha! my brother always gets me with that. hehe!

    added you na sa links ko.. (buti pa kayo may photojournalism class, amfufuf…)

  4. JM says:

    Haha onga eh, pati sa Makati bawal ang ganyan. Parang anti-terrorism measure daw or something. Hehe, dami na nga photogs and naasar. Ang ganda pa naman ng Makati especially at night.

    Thanks for the comment! Well, if you were tasked to take 40 shots of the same thing hindi mo na maiiwasan ang dead center shots! Haha. At lalo pa ang isang stationary na model kagaya ni Oble. Hindi mo naman sya pwedeng pa-pose-pose-in diba?! Hehehe. Kaya yun.

    Salamat ulit! At salamat sa link! =)

  5. andianka says:

    waaaaah! 40 shots na puro oble? grrrr… cge… ay oo nga noh? pati yung sa makati. how sad naman.. saya pa naman sa tourism dapat makakuha ng mga pics nun diba? weird talaga ng mga tao. ahehehe!

  6. JM says:

    Haha oo. Pero pag foreigners daw di nila sinisita. Pfft. Pathetic. Double standard!

  7. andianka says:

    as usual.. di na bago.. pinoy nga naman. epal! haha! :D

  8. JM says:

    Kaya yung iba stolen shots na lang. Hehe. Oh well there’re other far more interesting places to shoot. =)

  9. atomicgirl says:

    Haha. Akala ko pa naman bawal dahil natatakot siya na di ka makagraduate. Oh you know those urban legends saying na pag kinuhanan mo daw ang oble eh di ka makakagraduate.

  10. JM says:

    Haha, napaka-caring naman ni Manong! Pero ang mas accurate na urban legend ay kapag nagpakuha ka with Oble eh made-delay ka. Hehe. Buti na lang never ko ginawa yun, though andami kong nakikitang mga freshies na tuwang-tuwa pag ginagawa yun, hehe. Sarap sabihin, “Kung alam nyo lang…” Nyahehehe! =P

  11. atomicgirl says:

    I did both! I took pictures with Oble and I also did have my photo taken with the Oble! And yes, I graduated on time. Hmmm… the spell must not have worked on me.

  12. JM says:

    @atomicgirl haha meron ka sigurong effective dodging abilities kaya hindi gumana sayo.

    OT: Alam nyo bang may asawa si Oble? Dalawa. Abangan. =)

  13. dimaks says:


    parang nakikita ko kung anong tinitingnan ni oble

  14. JM says:

    @dimaks hahaha ano? =P

  15. dimaks says:

    parang may sinisilip sya e, wehehe

  16. JM says:

    @dimaks hahaha oke. =P

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