time and again, the annual oblation run by the alpha phi omega created a buzz of multimedia proportions that had me, rr, albert, the anak ng dyosa and the prinsesita ng dyosa rushing lunchtime toward the up diliman campus despite the grumbling of our stomachs, impatiently requiring us to fill them first before our eyes. after a million cabs that ignored our flailing arms in the middle of tandang sora, one promised to bring us to palma hall fast, but not fast enough to get us on time. by the moment we disembarked near the faculty center, some lucky girls were already walking away with their prized possessions of long-stemmed red roses, which the naked runners traditionally give away. i calculated that we must have been five minutes too late, so i just contented myself by staring at the numerous cute men around, since there was still a crowd gathered at the AS stairs raving about the spectacle. nothing compares to fusing political statement (the fraternity's bold tradition was originally aimed at making an anti-Marcos stand) and controversy (the bold statement is not only figurative but literal--how's that for the morality and national police?) anyhow, here are pictures of my companions' sweetness and defeat, hahaha.