University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), August 2011. Dr. Damasa Macandog, Director, Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), College of Arts & Sciences, UPLB and Dr. Cion Raymundo, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, UPLB (FEED Board Member) honored FEED with the University’s Oblation* Statuette in acknowledgement and appreciation of “stimulating scientific endeavors in a flagship of national establishment like the Institute of Biological Sciences by providing thesis support to gifted and deserving students and, thus, encouraging interest in scientific and investigation research and for its selfless efforts in supporting and participating in cultural events of the College of Arts & Sciences.
*History of the Oblation
No symbol is more closely identified with the University of the Philippines than the statue of the Oblation. The naked figure of a young man in a symbolic gesture of sacrificial offering of service to country and humanity has become a landmark in every campus of the University. The Oblation, a masterpiece of Filipino sculptor Guillermo E. Tolentino, was commissioned in 1935 by President Rafael Palma, first Filipino president of the University.