Revisiting UP Baguio and What I Discovered
Incoming freshmen (freshie) of 2014 had no idea that the Oblation’s base was once shrouded with a lush growth of yellow bells.
For most of my college life in Baguio, I had the faintest image of the boulders serving as the base of the monument. All I saw was the green-and-yellow hues of the shrubs.
So when I visited my alma mater one stormy student-less day, I wondered if workers were changing the rocky base of the Oblation as I thought something was different seeing some rocks protruding at the base.
It only occurred to me later that that was the real look of the Oblation–cleared of the yellow bells. Thinking of the Oblations I’ve seen, the Baguio Oblation was unique for employing a biotic base (i.e. the shrubs), totally obscuring the pile of rocks which in itself had a significance to the whole sculptural work. The rocks represent the Philippines as an archipelago, consisting of big and small ones. Shrouding them would obscure the symbolism they depict.
You can compare the “bare” Oblation base to the “clothed” one here.
Meanwhile, here are images of the an oft-forgotten sculpture in UP Baguio–the statue of Inang Laya.
Look at her. She wears a short saya (skirt).
As I was a graduate of the College of Arts and Communication of UP Baguio, I am obliged to show some of its building features.
At the CAC, fine arts students can make use of the walls as material for their work. And art is everywhere, at some parts literally strewn around.
Actually, my batch never got to use the facilities and amenities of the CAC building. It was constructed, I think, years after my batch graduated. Much of our student lives were spent on makeshift rooms, the 20s (read as “two O’s”), and the main administrative building class rooms.
Finally, other pictures around the campus showing structures the stood the “whims” of time.
That’s all from me for now.
Some information taken from Analyn Salvador-Amores article “Sculpted Landmarks at UP Baguio“.