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University of the Philippines, Diliman

University of the philippines logo.png

The Centennial Logo of UP
UP Diliman - Oblation
Motto Honor and Excellence

1908 (system);
1949 (campus)

Type Public

Dr. Sergio S. Cao

President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman
Undergraduates 30,000


Location Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Campus 493 hectares

"U.P. Naming Mahal"

Nickname UP Fighting Maroons
Mascot U.P. Oblation
Affiliations ASAIHL

The University of the Philippines Diliman or U.P. Diliman is the largest constituent University and flagship campus of the University of the Philippines. The University is located at Diliman, Quezon City in Metro Manila. It offers the largest number of graduate and undergraduate courses among all the universities in the Philippines. Courses offered include those in the fields of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Business and Economics, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Music, and Fine Arts.

It is the only university in Metro Manila that has its own extensive system of jeepney transportation owing to its huge size. The University also has a congressional franchise to operate two radio stations (AM and FM) and a television station.

U.P. Diliman represents the U.P. System at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). The university's team name is the U.P. Fighting Maroons.


Degree Granting Units

The University is composed of a large number of colleges (officially called, degree-granting units).

  • Archaeological Studies Program
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Letters
    • Department of Art Studies
    • Department of English and Comparative Literature
    • Department of European Languages
    • Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature
    • Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts
    • Institute of Creative Writing
  • Asian Center
  • Asian Institute of Tourism
  • College of Business Administration
    • Business Administration Department
    • Department of Accounting and Finance
  • School of Economics
  • College of Education
    • Department of Educational Administration
    • Department of Educational Foundations
    • Department of Educational Technology
    • Department of Health Education
    • Department of Reading Education
    • Department of Research and Evaluation
    • Department of Science Education
    • Department of Special Education
    • Department of Social Studies Education
UP Diliman's Melchor Hall, home to the UP College of Engineering
  • University of the Philippines College of Engineering
    • Department of Chemical Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    • Department of Engineering Sciences
    • Department of Geodetic Engineering
    • Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
An intersection in UP Diliman, taken from Melchor Hall, showing a Philippine jeepney and the UP Diliman Tennis Court

  • University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts
    • Department of Studio Arts
    • Department of Theory
    • Department of Visual Communication
  • College of Home Economics
    • Department of Food Science and Nutrition
    • Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management
    • Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design
    • Department of Family Life and Child Development
    • Department of Home Economics Education
  • College of Human Kinetics
  • Institute of Islamic Studies
  • School of Labor and Industrial Relations'
  • College of Law
    • Institute of Government and Law Reform
    • Institute of Human Rights
    • Institute of Judicial Administration
    • Institute of International Legal Studies
The UP Catholic Chapel (Parish of the Holy Sacrifice), built by Alfredo L. Juinio and fellow UP professors, is the first circular church and the first thin-shell concrete dome in the Philippines
  • College of Mass Communication
    • Journalism Department
    • Broadcast Communication Department
    • Film Institute
    • Communication Research Department
  • College of Music
    • Voice/Theater and Dance Department
    • Piano Department
    • Strings Department
    • Winds and Percussion Department
    • Music Education Department
    • Music Research Department
    • Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department
    • Composition and Theory Department
  • National College of Public Administration and Governance
    • Center for Leadership, Citizenship and Democracy
    • Center for Local and Regional Governance
    • Center for Policy and Executive Development
    • Center for Public Administration and Government Education
  • University of the Philippines College of Science
    • Institute of Mathematics
    • National Institute of Geological Sciences
    • Marine Science Institute
    • Natural Sciences Research Institute
    • Institute of Chemistry
    • National Institute of Physics
    • Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology
    • Institute of Biology
    • National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
    • Computational Science Research Center
  • College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
    • Department of Anthropology
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of History
    • Department of Linguistics
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Sociology
    • Population Institute
  • College of Social Work and Community Development
    • Department of Community Development
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Women and Developmental Studies
  • Institute of Small Scale Industries
  • School of Statistics
  • Technology Management Center
  • School of Urban and Regional Planning

Non-degree Granting Units

  • U.P. Computer Center
  • U.P. Main Library
  • Department of Military Science and Tactics
  • National Engineering Center
  • University Center for Women's Studies
  • DNA Analysis and Genetic Engineering Laboratory
  • U.P. Creative Writing Center
  • National Center for Transportation Studies
  • National Hydraulics Center
  • University Center for Integrative and Development Studies
  • U.P. Law Center
  • Local Government Center
  • National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development
  • Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry
  • Sentro ng Wikang Filipino
  • The Vargas Museum
  • Business Research Foundation
  • Development Center for Finance
  • Third World Studies Center
  • Center for International Studies


The University has more or less 25,000 college students, with approximately 5,000 graduate students and the rest are undergraduates. Every year, about 4,000 freshmen and 3,000 graduate students are admitted.


Serving as deans of the different degree-granting units within the University are:

  • Prof. Mary Anne Espina - College of Architecture (Archi)
  • Prof. Virgilio S. Almario - College of Arts and Letters (CAL)
  • Prof. Aileen SP Baviera - Asian Center (AC)
  • Dr. Corazón P. Rodriguez - Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT)
  • Dr. Erlinda S. Echanis - College of Business Administration (CBA)
  • Dr. Raul V. Fabella - School of Economics (SE)
  • Dr. Vivien M. Talisayon - College of Education (CEduc)
  • Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara - College of Engineering (CEngg)
  • Prof. Florentina P. Colayco - College of Fine Arts (CFA)
  • Dr. Milagros P. Querubin - College of Home Economics (CHE)
  • Prof. Hercules Paulmino Callanta - College of Human Kinetics (CHK)
  • Dr. Mashur Bin-Ghalib Jundam - Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS)
  • Prof. Jorge V. Sibal - School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR)
  • Prof. Salvador A. Carlota - College of Law (CL)
  • Prof. Rosalie Baccay Faderon - Institute of Library and Information Science (ILIS)
  • Prof. Elena E. Pernia - College of Mass Communication (CMC)
  • Prof. Ramón Ma. G. Acoymo - College of Music (CM)
  • Dr. Alex B. Brillantes Jr. - National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG)
  • Dr. Caesar A. Saloma - College of Science (CS)
  • Dr. Zosimo E. Lee - College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP)
  • Dr. Romeo C. Quieta - College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD)
  • Prof. Lisa Grace S. Bersales - School of Statistics (Stat)
  • Dr. Primitivo C. Cal - School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP)

Past and Present Chancellors

  • Edgardo J. Angara (1982-1983)
  • Ernesto G. Tabujara, Sr. (1983-1990)
  • Jose V. Abueva (1990-1991)
  • Emerlinda R. Roman (1991-1993 and 1999-2005)
  • Roger Posadas (1993-1996)
  • Claro C. Llaguno (1996-1999)
  • Sergio S. Cao (2005-present)

Culture, Sports, and Traditions

The Diliman community, humorously called the Diliman Republic and a "microcosm of the Philippines" has a unique culture among the universities in the country. It is the only university in Metro Manila that has its own extensive system of jeepney transportation owing to its huge size. The university also has a congressional franchise to operate two radio stations (AM and FM) and a television station. Currently, the university only operates DZUP, a community AM radio station. The campus encompasses many residential areas and students often feel a sense of solidarity with the community residents. U.P. Diliman prized being open and accessible to all, reflected in the commitment of the university to academic freedom, and this was shown in the traditional lack of fencing and gates leading into the campus. This has changed in recent years, as the increase in population has led to an increase in traffic and instances of crime in and around the campus. The campus is now fenced and closes most entrances for most of the day, opening them during rush hour. University Avenue, the main road leading into the campus is the only entrance left open at all times during the day, however it is now also monitored by the local U.P. Police.

U.P. Diliman represents the U.P. System at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and participates in all events. The Fighting Maroons have consistently placed in the top three in the overall points race of the UAAP for the past several years.

Two of the most-awaited events in the campus are the Lantern Parade, held on the last week before the Christmas break, and the U.P. Fair, held every February. During the Lantern Parade, various groups within the University create Christmas lanterns and parade around the Academic Oval. The U.P. Fair, organized by the University Student Council, is a week-long event held at the Sunken Garden that features nightly music concerts and amusement park rides.

National Centers of Excellence/Development

As of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines has identified 32 centers of excellence/development (COEs/CODs) in U.P. Diliman. The Diliman campus of the U.P. System thus holds the distinction of having the most COEs/CODs among the country's educational institutions. The COEs/CODs in the University are as follows:

Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Arts, Computer Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, English, Filipino, Foreign Languages, Geology, History, Industrial Engineering, Geodetic Engineering, Information Technology Education, Journalism, Literature, Marine Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics.

See also


External Links

University of the Philippines System


Constituent Universities
Diliman | Los Baños | Manila | Visayas | Mindanao | Baguio | Open University

Basic Education Units
Integrated School (Diliman) | Rural High School (Los Baños) | Laboratory High School (Visayas)


UAAP | Fighting Maroons


Oblation | Official Seal


Philippine Collegian (Kulê) | UP Computer Center | Philippine General Hospital


List of University of the Philippines people | UP College Admission Test



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