Saturday, January 03, 2009
This was the float of our Health Sciences Center campus during the University of the Philippines Centennial Lantern Parade held last December 18th. The main figures on the float represented the health professionals graduated by our campus- UP Manila- which included social scientists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, public health practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physicians, and health educators.
But the most important figure is that of The Oblation, the University's main icon, for gift of oneself to the country, offering of oneself wholeheartedly, taking life's challenges as one's own while embracing others in a spirit of cooperation, friendship, collegiality and equality, taking up the cudgels for the oppressed and marginalized. This has been the University's legacy of the past 100 years and its continuing mission in the next 100 years.
I hope and pray that this same selfless offering of oneself, doing whatever one small bit we can for others- when taken together- will make the world so much better, compared to when we first arrived on it.