Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014




















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My “I Love QC (Quezon City)!” Blog Series Tour kicked off with a sketchwalk of the Quezon Hall at the world famous University of The Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City. It coincided with the group Urban Sketchers Philippines’ monthly sketchwalk of selected urban locations in Metro Manila.


For the state university to be the venue of my sketchwalk, the subject of my sketch would have to be iconic. Not just any random college building inside the 493-hectare sprawling property of the campus. It had to be the statue called Oblation after which a practice of running naked by some of the school’s male students are done annually.







Kissed By The Sun

The Oblation is more than a bronze statue clad in nothing but the sun’s kiss. It’s a historical landmark in Quezon City which made my visit of the place all the more memorable and essential. In urban legend, it is known to have been patterned after the physique of the late director-actor Fernando Poe, Sr. but the university's literature indicates that it was the student assistant (plus, another guy) of National Artist and seasoned sculptor Guillermo E. Tolentino. Tolentino was the one commissioned to produce the work of art.

As a replica, the statue is exposed to the elements regardless of the season. It’s good to know that its original version is safely displayed inside the U.P. Diliman Main Library building (3rd floor). I did not get the chance to see it for myself as the sketchwalk was limited to 3 hours only that weekend morning.

Sketchwalk Accomplished!

Thirty minutes after a formal speech delivered by the group’s assigned administrator with a round of greetings from participating members, the clock finally ticked off to start the sketch session. Most of us stayed at the Quezon Hall where the Oblation statue was. I finished my sketch in two hours and 30 minutes. The important part of the gathering was the ceremonial laying down on the ground of sketchpads and books that showcased all the art work.


For me, the best part that morning was the obligatory group pose where we were all proudly showing our sketches. I did not have to be forced to be in line. I had to be in the middle of the photo opportunity because I seldom get to participate in such activities.

The experience reminded me of sketchwalks I had to do as a Fine Arts student of the University of Santo Tomas in Espana, Manila when I was younger.


C O M M U T E   T I P

To find out how to reach UP Diliman from various directions, check out this link.

Find out more about the event on the Urban Sketchers Philippines blog.

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