FINALLY! I am overjoyed just holding my very own Sablay. I can’t believe I made it through 5 years of UP education. I am just so happy! I can’t contain it.
For the curious: Sablay is what UP students wear during commencement exercise. It is a garb that symbolizes Philippine nationalism, as opposed to the usual and Westernized toga-and-cap attire in graduation ceremonies. It was first used at UP Diliman in 1990.
It is a plain yet sophisticated loose piece of clothing that is put on the shoulder . Sablay got its inspiration from the malong worn by Muslims. But then, Sablay was able to integrate the different traditional elements found in other Philippine cultures. Running through the Sablay are geometric patterns of indigenous Philippine tribes.
The characters woven in front of the Sablay are Alibata figures, which simply stand for UP. Upon graduation, the Sablay is transferred from the right to the left shoulder – symbolizing the official completion to the life of a UP student. -Source