University of the Philippines Manila

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University of the Philippines Manila
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Maynila

U.P. Manila Logo
Motto Honor and Excellence
Established 1908 (campus)
1967 (as Health Sciences Center)
1979 (as an autonomous unit)
Type National, Research university
Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla, MD, MAHPS [1]
President Alfredo E. Pascual, MBA
Students 5,843 (for AY 2011-2012)[2]
Undergraduates 5,062
Location Philippines Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban, 14 hectares (34.5 acres)
Hymn U.P. Naming Mahal
(U.P. Beloved)
Nickname Fighting Maroons
Mascot U.P. Oblation
UP logotype.svg

The University of the Philippines Manila (usually referred to as U.P. Manila), founded in 1908, is a coeducational and public research university in the Philippines. It is located in the city of Manila, the country's capital. It is the oldest of the seven constituent universities of the University of the Philippines System. Its oldest degree-granting unit is the College of Medicine, which was founded in 1905 as the Philippine Medical School, predating the founding of U.P. by three years.

It is the center of health sciences education in the country, with the establishment of the National Health Sciences Center. It is also a reputable research center in the health sciences in the Asia-Pacific rim. It exercises administrative supervision over the Philippine General Hospital (the largest medical center and the national referral center for health in the Philippines).[3][4][5] U.P. Manila is a reputable school of tertiary learning in the health sciences, and more high school students interested in this field apply to it than to any other college or university in the country.

As of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines has identified two centers of excellence (COE) in U.P. Manila. The COEs in the University are Medicine and Nursing, with the U.P. College of Medicine as the very first Center of Excellence in Medical Education in the Philippines.[6] It is currently among only five medical institutions to be recognized as Centers of Excellence in Medical Education.


UP Manila is home to nine degree-granting units; the National Institutes of Health (its research arm); a training hospital, the Philippine General Hospital (also a state tertiary referral hospital); and, several academic and administrative support offices.[7]

The campus is spread out in the Ermita (Manila) area as well as in three provinces. The Ermita area has the following institutions: College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (NTTC-HP), Office of the University Registrar (OUR) in Padre Faura Street (bounded by Ma. Orosa Street); Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Taft Avenue; the Colleges of Dentistry (CD), Allied Medical Professions (CAMP), Nursing (CN), Public Health (CPH), and Medicine (CM) at Pedro Gil Street (between Taft Avenue and Adriatico St.); and, the UPM National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH), also along Pedro Gil St. It also has a UP School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte (after Typhoon Yolanda, temporarily located at the UP Tacloban campus); Baler, Aurora; and Koronadal in South Cotabato. (Side Note: After World War II, only three buildings of the original University of the Philippines campus remained largely intact: Rizal Hall or CAS, PGH, and PGH Nurses Home. The main UP campus transferred to Diliman, Quezon City in 1949.)

As the Philippines' health sciences center, UP Manila is distinguished by pioneering and innovative academic programs, relevant researches that respond to the country’s major health problems, and significant community services that benefit marginalized sectors of people and communities. The programs and services address the priority health concerns of Filipinos and are being undertaken through close partnership with its colleges and units and collaboration with the government, policy makers, other health institutions and professional health groups.

UP Manila develops programs that serve as models and benchmarks of health education and health care in the Philippines. Many of the pioneering curricular programs are offered only in the University even until now, such as the Integrated Arts and Medicine Program (seven-year medical program); Master of Rehabilitation Science; MS in Clinical Audiology; MA in Health Policy Studies; and, the step-ladder curriculum of the School of Health Sciences, which now has three campuses – the main campus in Palo, Leyte, and the two extension campuses in Baler (Aurora) and Koronadal City (South Cotabato).

In research, UP Manila has been pursuing its mandate by generating and disseminating knowledge and technologies that can effectively contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos. Its research outputs have greatly influenced the thrusts and directions of national health care programs and have been used as basis for policy formulation and implementation. Recent initiatives in research during the past six years under my administration are meant to provide a more conducive and facilitative atmosphere for research pursuits.

To strengthen its community services, UP Manila is implementing an expanded Community Health and Development Program in San Juan, Batangas, that serves as a common field practicum site for its students. More programs are being implemented to intensify its public service role.

Centennial Celebration[edit]

On January 8, 2008, the University of the Philippines began its centennial celebration.

As part of U.P.'s centenary, a second Oblation statue in front of the Philippine General Hospital was unveiled on December 2008. It mirrors U.P. Diliman's possession of a Oblation statue, which marked the 50th anniversary of the U.P. System, as this second U.P. Manila Oblation is the centennial marker of the system.[8]

Degree-granting Units[edit]

U.P. Manila currently has nine degree-granting units, seven of which are colleges:

  • College of Allied Medical Professions (Dean: Teresita C. Mendoza, MEd, OTRP)
    • Department of Occupational Therapy
      • BS Occupational Therapy
    • Department of Physical Therapy
      • BS Physical Therapy
    • Department of Speech Pathology
      • BS Speech Pathology (Pioneer)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Dean: Alex C. Gonzaga, PhD, DrEng)
    • Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
      • BS Applied Physics (Health Physics)[9]
      • BS Biochemistry
      • BS Computer Science
    • Department of Arts and Communications
      • BA Organizational Communication (Pioneer)
      • BA Philippine Arts (Cultural Heritage/Art Management) (Pioneer)
    • Department of Social Sciences
      • BA Social Sciences (Area Studies)
      • BA Development Studies (Pioneer)
      • BA Political Science
    • Department of Physical Education
    • Department of Biology
      • BS Biology
    • Department of Behavioral Sciences
      • BA Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Dentistry (Dean: Vicente O. Medina III, DDM, PhD)
    • Department of Basic Sciences
    • Department of Clinical Sciences
    • Department of Community Dentistry
  • College of Medicine (Dean: Agnes D. Mejia, MD) - Center of Excellence
  • College of Nursing (Dean: Lourdes Marie S. Tejero, RN, MN, PhD) - Center of Excellence
    • Department of Undergraduate Studies
      • BS Nursing
    • Department of Graduate Studies
  • College of Pharmacy (Dean: Imelda G. Peña, RPh, MS, DrPH)
    • Department of Pharmacy
      • BS Pharmacy
    • Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Department of Industrial Pharmacy
      • BS Industrial Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health (Dean: Engr. Romeo R. Quizon)
    • offers BS Public Health as an undergraduate program (Pioneer)
    • SEAMEO-TropMed Regional Center for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health[10]
    • Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • Department of Health Policy and Administration
    • Department of Health Promotion and Education
    • Department of Medical Microbiology
    • Department of Nutrition
    • Department of Parasitology
  • National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (Dean: Erlyn A. Sana, PhD)
  • School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte; Baler, Aurora; Koronadal, So. Cotabato (Dean: Salvador Isidro B. Destura, RM,RN,MD,MPH)

Officials (Nov 2014-Oct 2017)[edit]


  • Chancellor: Carmencita D. Padilla, MD, MAHPS
  • Vice Chancellors:
    • Academic Affairs, Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan, PhD
    • Administration, Arlene Alcid-Samaniego, MD
    • Planning and Development, Michael L. Tee, MD, MHPEd
    • Research, Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz, MD (also Executive Director, U.P. National Institutes of Health)
  • Director, Philippine General Hospital: Jose C. Gonzales, MD, MHA
  • UPM Academic Support Offices:
    • Office of the University Registrar, Prof. Jocelyn del Mundo (University Registrar)
    • Office of Students Affairs, Tristan Nathaniel C. Ramos, DDM, MPH (Director)
    • University Library, Gina G. Canceran, MLIS (University Librarian)
    • National Graduate Office for the Health Sciences, Arnold V. Hallare, Dr. rer nat (Director)
    • Community Health and Development Program, Elizabeth Paterno, MD (Director)
    • UPM Learning Resource Center, Prof. Anna A. Santiago (Director)
    • Interactive Learning Center, Dr. Nemuel Fajutagana (Director)
    • National Service Training Program, Sarah C. Johnson, MSc (Coordinator)
    • UPM Research Grants Administration Office, Cynthia I. Valencia, MD (Coordinator)
    • Sentro ng Wikang Filipino-Manila, Prof. Carol Pulumbarit (Coordinator)
    • Alumni Relations and Placement Office, Dr. Melfred Hernandez (Director)
    • Information, Publication, & Public Affairs Office, Dr. Apolinario Ericson B. Berberabe (Director)
    • Information Management Service, Prof. Ariel S. Betan (Director)
    • Center for Gender and Women Studies / Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment, Dr. Alma L. Jimenez (Director)
    • Ugnayan ng Pahinungod-Manila, Eric SM Talens, MD (Director)
    • Good Neighbors Initiative of Ermita-Malate, Nina G. Gloriani, MD, PhD ( Coordinator)


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Preceded by
University of the Philippines campuses by foundation
June 18, 1908 (1st)
Succeeded by
Los Baños