UP Diliman University Student Council
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|Institution||University of the Philippines|
|Location||Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Established||1913, reorganized in 1924|
|Affiliations||National Union of Students of the Philippines|
The University Student Council of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City is the official student representative body of the Philippines' premiere institution of higher learning. As such, it represents the interests of the students within and outside the University. The University Student Council, also known as USC, exists to represent UP students in various affairs of the University, acting as the voice of students in the local, national, and international issues.
As the highest student representative body in the university, the USC is composed of members elected amongst the student body, mandated to organize and direct campaigns and activities to defend and promote students’ rights, and improve the students’ general welfare.Furthermore, it provides direct services to the student body.
The USC has the proud and historic tradition of active involvement in the Filipino people's struggle for their democratic rights and interests.
The Council's incumbent Chairperson is Ana Alexandra "Alex" Castro, a freshman Law student from the UP College of Law.
Reflecting the collegiate nature of the University of the Philippines itself, USC is both an association of UP's more than 28,000 individual students and a federation of the different college student councils in UP that represent all undergraduate and graduate students.
The current members of the USC, serving for Academic Year 2013-2014, are as follows:
- Chairperson: Ana Alexandra "Alex" Castro
- Vice-Chairperson: Julliano Fernando "Jules" Guiang
- Carla Gonzales
- Lem Magaling
- Aaron Letaba
- Dan Guzman
- Erra Zabat
- JP delas Nieves
- Cha France
- Rafa Fernando
- Neefa Macapado
- Arjay Mercado
- Aio Santos
- Erica Lau
- Asian Institute of Tourism: Myca Bonoan
- College of Architecture: Fab Fabia
- College of Arts and Letters: Aliona Silva
- College of Business Administration: Fen de Leon
- School of Economics: Regine Rodriguez
- College of Education: Cush Jainani
- College of Engineering: Dan Nieva and April Ramos
- College of Fine Arts: Carlo de Laza
- College of Home Economics: Alexa Nacional
- College of Human Kinetics: Isay Aurellado
- College of Law: JP Rotap
- School of Library and Information Studies: Dave Terante
- College of Mass Communications: Carla Cucueco
- College of Music: Stef Quintin
- National College of Public Administration and Governance: Lui Angeles
- College of Science: Ram Tomaneng
- College of Social Science and Philosophy: Chris Alquizalas
- College of Social Work and Community Development: Aika Yague
- School of Statistics: Egbert Amoncio
The USC is composed of the following officers: Chairperson (who serves as chief executive officer), Vice Chairperson (who serves as convenor of the League of College Councils or LCC), and twelve (12) University Councilors, all elected at large. In addition, each degree granting college is represented in the USC by a College Representative(s).
The chairperson supervises the standing and special standing committees of the USC.
The standing committees of the USC, which shall be headed by only University Councilors are:
- Secretariat Committee headed by the Secretary General
- Finance Committee headed by the Treasurer
- Ways and Means Committee headed by the Business Manager
- Mass Media Committee headed by the Public Relations Officer
As of USC 2012-2013, the following are the special standing committees of the USC:
- Basic Student Services Committee
- Community Rights and Welfare Committee
- Committee on Culture and the Arts
- Education and Research Committee
- Environment Committee
- Freshmen Committee
- Gender Committee
- Committee on Organizations, Fraternities and Sororities
- People's Struggles Committee
- Special Events Committee
- Committee on Sports, Physical Fitness and Health
- Students' Legal Aid and Assistance Committee
- Students' Rights and Welfare Committee
The USC is financed by the compulsory Student Fund generated from the fees collected from students upon registration, sponsorships from the activities and donations. It also receives grants for specific projects and activities.
1913: The Student Council of UP was instituted under the auspices of UP President Barlett. Manuel Tabora of the UP College of Law was the first Chairman of the Student Council.
October 6, 1913: The USC participated in the popular demonstration in honor of Governor-General Harrison.
December 15, 1917: First student protest against a Manila police captain and his men for arresting Victoriano Yamzon during the first University Day. The police have mistaken the 1st Editor of College Folio as part of an unruly crowd.
March 12, 1918: First protest of Freshmen. They petitioned to Board of Regents to extend their scholarship
July 17, 1918: Students led by Carlos P. Romulo and Jose Romero held a rally from UP to Sta Cruz Bridge at The Manila Times office to protest the editorial of the newspaper criticizing UP President Ignacio Villamor
January 21, 1921: The Executive Committee (EC) of the University approved a memorandum embodying the idea of creating an inter-collegiate student council.
1922: The EC approved the adoption by the student body of a so-called "bill of rights of the USC." It would take two more years before the constitutional convention for the creation of a USC would take place.
Bill of Rights:
- 1. To develop university spirit among the ranks of students and promote their general welfare.
- 2. To advise the President of UP on student matters, affairs, activities of distinctly inter-collegiate concern.
- 3. To organize and direct student activities of inter-collegiate nature.
- 4. To adopt its own Constitution and promulgate rules and by-laws for its own internal and general government.
- 5. To have such powers and perform such other duties as the university authorities may from time to time grant or delegate to the USC.
September 27, 1924: UP President Rafael Palma revived the University Student Council (USC). The student fund was Php 1.50. The first projects of the USC were the establishment of the post office building and awarding of scholarships and medals to outstanding students.
January 31, 1926: USC initiated the first meeting of students from different colleges and schools ever held in Manila at the Zorilla theater. The USC then was composed of 96 members with each class of every college entitled to two representatives. The USC also published the Philippinensian.
1927: The USC passed a resolution radically reducing the number of USC members to 24.
1929: The USC protested the increase of fees and the rigid rules of the Department of Physical Education
January 18, 1933: Demonstration in students in support of the Hare-Hawes Cutting Act. President Quezon disapproved of the rally saying that students should be studying for their examinations and should not participate in political affairs.
Students also held a rally at the same year protesting the bill that will reorganize government personnel except legislators. Lawmakers who visited the university were booed and heckled.
June 1935: Both USC candidates for the position of President received equal number of votes even after two hours of repeated deliberations. The candidates agreed to divide the term upon the behest of the council adviser. Thus, the deadlock was broken.
1937: UP students and faculty campaigned for the right of Filipino women to vote
February 5, 1939: The USC petitioned the BOR that it be given the power to elect the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Collegian. The USC reasoned that since it is the highest governing student body, it must be given control over the official student organ.
1940: USC office located in 2nd floor of the newly built Alumni Hall with the Philippine Collegian, Philippinensian and Institute of National Language. USC also started to elect a Vice-Chairperson not from UP Los Banos Representatives. Instead they elected a student from Veterinary Science to be the Vice-Chair.
1946: USC was revived after World War II together with other student organizations notably the Junior and Senior Student Councils. USC passed a resolution affirming faith in UP President Gonzales amidst rumors university not satisfied with administration.
April 1948: USC President Villanueva observed that a major problem in the university was the deficiency of the students in their command of English.
1950: Huks attacked PC Detachment in Balara sending dorm residents to take cover in basements and in the Law building.
March 29, 1951: First UP Diliman student rally to Malacañan Palace led by the USC, Senior Student Council, Junior Student Council and the Woman's Club to express support for UP President Gonzales who invited Claro M. Recto, arch critic of President Quirino, to deliver commencement address at UP graduation. Vidal Tan eventually replaced Gonzales. But the students won the right to listen to Recto on their graduation and have Gonzales sign their diplomas instead of President Tan.
November 30, 1952: USC Chair Rafael Salas led the students to a rally in Malacañan Palace protesting the policies of President Elpidio Quirino.
August 4, 1955: USC Chair Fernando Campos held an emergency meeting expressing support for three members of the Board of Regents (BOR) and planned a rally demanding ouster of Fr. John Patrick Delaney from UP for interfering in university affairs
November 1955: The UP Student Catholic Action (UPSCA) and the Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity war flared anew when four UPSCA USC members filed charges against Campos, an Upsilonian. The charges were illegal alteration of USC Resolution of August 4, grave abuse of power, and shameful conduct unbecoming his office. Campos countercharged that the complainants were conducting a systematic campaign of vilification against him. Both charges were dropped by the University Committee on Student Organizations and Associations.
June 22, 1956: UPSCA takes full control of USC defeating Upsilon from top post to minor posts.
December 16–17, 1957: "Peaceful and spontaneous" strike of students led by USC on inaction of the BOR to elect a new UP President. The University Council (UC) was forced to declare an early Christmas Vacation. On the third day of strike, students held a victory motorcade around Quezon City and Manila passing Malacañan Palace.
January 2, 1958: Executive Committee (EC) of UP dialogued with student leaders to discontinue future strikes.
January 20, 1958: Students Johnny Antillon, Emmanuel Santos, Epifanio San Juan, Jr., and Romulo Villa petitioned to expel USC Chair and Vice Chair Lagua and Adaza first for the illegal and immoral use of the Philippine Collegian to malign the BOR and the UP administration; and second for inciting a thousand university students to join the student strike.
March 30, 1958: EC sustained recommendations that Lagua be suspended for nine months and dropped as USC Chair. Adaza permanently dropped from the rolls of the university. The two were required to apologize in writing to the BOR. Senator Emmanuel Pelaez spoke in behalf of the two and declared that they had suffered from serious miscarriage of justice.
June 24, 1958: UP President Vicente Sinco issued Administrative Circular no. 1 which limited the representation of any student organization to one representative only in each of the student councils (to counter the dominance of the UPSCA). UPSCA said the circular was "illegal, discriminatory, unreasonable, undemocratic and arbitrary." They filed a case in court. Supreme Court dismissed the petition on technical grounds saying that UPSCA should have exhausted administrative remedies within the university. The decision came only in 1960. In effect, there was no USC from 1958-1960.
January 1961: BOR approved Article 448 which was the Circular no. 1 of Pres. Sinco. It also approved Article 437 which provided for a Student Union which would take charge of cultural and social programs and activities of the student body.
March 14, 1961: Investigation of the Committee Against Anti-Filipino Activities (CAFA) on 10 UP Professors for their alleged involvement in communistic activities. A thousand UP students held a demonstration in Congress to denounce the witchhunt in the university.
January 12, 1962: Union Chair Enrique Voltaire Garcia led the UP students to a rally in front of Quezon Hall affirming support and trust in BOR, the only sole body tasked to choose UP President.
January 18, 1962: Student Union met for two hours to pass a resolution calling Macapagal to withdraw the offer of the University Presidency to Romulo "in order to that the independence and prestige of the state university may be restored." Thirty-eight Union members voted "yes" for the resolution, only three voted against.
June 1962: USC restored by UP President Romulo. USC presented former UP President Sinco a plaque during his resignation for his " commitment to the preservation of the free and secular nature of the university."
July 1963: President Romulo proclaimed Academic Year 1963–1964 as the Year of the Student.
AY 1964-65: USC initiated the jeepney campus boycott until the fares for campus rides were reduced to five centavos from 10 centavos.
December 1964: The Student Cultural Association in UP (SCAUP) made a float with Jun Tera in the stance and uniform of a Vietnamese guerilla during the Lantern Parade. Instead of Christmas Carols, the students sang the Internationale.
September 11, 1966: USC Chair Voltaire Garcia led a mammoth demonstration at the Palace to protest the senseless shedding of Filipino blood for a foreign power and cause.
October 24, 1966: The USC led a historic hike of students from Quezon City to Manila Hotel where the Manila Summit was held. 5000 students were protesting the continuing American intervention in the Vietnam War. Police violently dispersed the protesters. Sores were hurt. The USC called for an inter-university indignation rallies. The October 24 Movement was formed.
The USC called for a National Students’ Congress for the advancement of nationalism to be held in Diliman. 500 student leaders attended the event.
July 1968: The USC, Philippine Collegian, Katipunang Makabansa, Pagkakaisa, and the Partisans led 14 busloads of students to the Congress building to oppose the Second Philippine Civil Action Group bill on the involvement of the country in the Vietnam War.
August 16, 1968: Metrocom dispersed a rally led by UP students at US Embassy and Malacañang to protest the "Special Relations" between the Philippines and USA. Five UP students suffered bruises.
September 1968: Senator Lorenzo Tañada, head of the Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism (MAN) protested the Americanization of UP. USC started to lead demonstrations against the Vietnam War, Philippine participation in the war, oil monopolies, implementation of the retail trade nationalization laws, and US imperialism.
Roster of USC Chairpersons
UP Student Council
- 1913 Manuel Mariano Tabora
- 1915 Andrés Ranola
- 1925-26 Eduardo R. Alvarado
- 1926-27 Juan Chuidian
- 1927-28 Ramon Nolasco
- 1928-29 Lorenzo Sumulong
- 1929-30 Gregorio Lantin
- 1930-31 Enrique J. Corpus
- 1931-32 Manuel Sevilla
- 1932-33 Wenceslao Q. Vinzons
- 1933-34 Ramon Enriquez, Alberto Leynes
- 1934-35 Avelino Pascual
- 1935-36 Potenciano Illusorio, José B. Laurel, Jr.
- 1936-37 S. Angeles
- 1937-38 Roberto S. Benedicto
- 1938-39 Sotero Laurel
- 1939-40 Florante Roque
- 1940-41 Hermogenes Concepción, Jr.
- 1941-42 Antonio Azores
- 1943 Quintin Gomez
- 1944 Troadio T. Quiazon, Jr.
- 1944-46 Interrupted by World War II
- 1946-47 Troadio T. Quiazon, Jr.
- 1947-48 Delfín Villanueva
- 1948-49 Emilio Espinosa, Jr.
- 1949-50 Antonio M. Meer
- 1950-51 Teodoro Padilla
- 1951-52 Marcelo B. Fernan
- 1952-53 Rafael M. Salas
- 1953-54 José Palanca, Jr.
- 1954-55 Eliás B. Lopez
- 1955-56 Fernando C. Campos
- 1956-57 Fernando A. Lagua
- 1957-58 Fernando A. Lagua
UP Student Union
- 1961-62 Enrique Voltaire García II
- 1962-63 Eric O. de Guia
UP Student Council
- 1963-64 Leonardo Quisumbing
- 1964-65 Benjamin Muego
- 1965-66 Tristan Catindíg
- 1966-67 Enrique Voltaire García II
- 1967-68 Delfín Lazaro
- 1968-69 Tony Pastelero
- 1969-70 Fernando Barican
- 1970-71 Ericson Baculinao
- 1971-72 Manuel Ortega
- 1972-73 Jaime Galvez Tan
- 1973-80 USC abolished during Martial Law
- 1980-81 Malou Mangahas (first woman Chair)
- 1981-82 Pepe Alcántara
- 1982-83 Jessie John Gimenez
- 1983-84 Lean Alejandro
- 1984-85 Loudette Almazan
- 1985-86 Chito Gascon
- 1986-87 Francis Pangilinan
- 1987-88 David Celdran
- 1988-89 Gonzalo Bongolan
- 1989-90 Amante Jimenez
- 1990-91 Rex Varona
- 1991-92 Angelo Jimenez
- 1992-93 Rhoneil Fajardo
- 1993-94 Teddy Rigoroso
- 1994-95 Paul Roderick Ysmael
- 1995-96 Oliver San Antonio
- 1996-97 Ibarra Gutierrez
- 1997-98 Percival Cendaña
- 1998-99 Giancarlo Sambalido
- 1999-00 María Cielo Magno
- 2000-01 Raymond Palatino
- 2001-02 Nova Navo
- 2002-03 Rommel Romato (first Muslim Chair)
- 2003-04 JPaul S. Manzanilla
- 2004-05 Kristian Ablan
- 2005-06 Marco de los Reyes
- 2006-07 Paolo Alfonso
- 2007-08 Shahana Abdulwahid
- 2008-09 Herminio Bagro III
- 2009-10 Titus Tan
- 2010-11 Rainier Astin Sindayen
- 2011-12 Jemimah Grace García
- 2012-13 Gabriel "Heart" Diño (first transgender Chair)
Notable Former Chairpersons
- 1913 – The UP Student Council was instituted under the auspices of UP President Barlett. Manuel Tabora of the College of Law was the first president of the student council. On October 6, 1913, the USC participated in the popular demonstration in honor of Governor-General Harrison.
- 1932 – Wenceslao Vinzons was elected chairperson of the student council. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian.
- 1969 – The UP Board of Regents on its 787th meeting, resolved to have a "student observer," following the recommendation of UP President Salvador Lopez. UP Student Council chairperson Fernando Barican was then allowed to observe the board proceedings."
- 1986 – Francis Pangilinan becomes the first student council chairperson to be appointed Student Regent obtaining a seat for students at the University's Board of Regents.
- 1997 – Percival "Perci" Cendaña becomes the first openly gay (UP Babaylan member) to be elected as chairperson of the student council. He is currently a commissioner-at-large at the National Youth Commission (NYC).
- 2000 – Raymond Palatino becomes the first chairperson to be elected from the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) after the defeat of SAMASA. He is now a member of the House of Representatives, representing KABATAAN Partylist.
- 2002 – Rommel Romato of Lanao and STAND UP emerged as the first Muslim to be elected chairperson of the student council.
- 2003 – JPaul Manzanilla of STAND UP was the first Student Regent who became a USC Chairperson after his term in the Board of Regents.
- 2004 – Kris Ablan of the College of Law becomes the first chairperson to be elected from Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA), defeating Atom Araullo from STAND UP.
- 2007 – Shahana Abdulwahid of STAND UP was the first Muslim woman to be elected as chairperson.
- 2008 – Third Bagro of ALYANSA was 8th place in the Bar Examinations, a year after his term as chairperson.
- 2009 – Titus Tan of the College of Science is the first USC Chairperson to be elected from Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA).
- 2012 – Gabriel Paolo "Heart" Diño of ALYANSA is the first transgender woman to be elected as chairperson. Diño is also the second USC Chairperson that UP Babaylan has produced.
- 2013 – Alex Castro garnered 4944 votes, the highest number of votes ever given to a chairperson. She is the second USC Chairperson from KAISA.
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