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 Manuel B. Agulto, M.D.
President Alfredo E. Pascual, MBA
Students 5,843 (for AY 2011-2012)[1]
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 (7) 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), National Institutes of Health, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, and Continuing Education. 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 any other college or university in the country.

As of 2001, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines has identified 2 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.[2] It is currently among only five medical institutions to be recognized as Centers of Excellence in Medical Education.


Six (6) of the seven (7) colleges of U.P. Manila, all of which are affiliated with the Health Sciences, are located along Pedro Gil Street in Ermita, Manila. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is housed at Rizal Hall, located a block away at Padre Faura Street.

Rizal Hall is the only building in U.P. Manila which is part of the original University of the Philippines campus before its transfer to Diliman, Quezon City in 1949.

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 second 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.[3]

Degree-granting Units[edit]

U.P. Manila currently has nine (9) degree-granting units, seven (7) 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)[4]
      • 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[5]
    • 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)

U.P. Manila Officials[edit]

  • Chancellor: Manuel B. Agulto, M.D.
  • Vice Chancellors:
    • Academic Affairs, Marie Josephine M. De Luna, Ph.D.
    • Administration, Jose Florencio F. Lapeña, M.D.
    • Planning and Development, Charlotte M. Chiong M.D., Ph.D
    • Research, Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., M.D. (Director, U.P. National Institutes of Health)
  • University Registrar, Buenalyn R. Mortel
  • Directors:
    • Office of Students Affairs, Honey Libertine Achanzar-Labor, Ph.D.
    • Alumni Relations and Placement Office, Arlene A. Samaniego, M.D.
    • Center for Gender and Women Studies, Cynthia Leynes, M.D.
    • Child Protection Unit, Bernadette Madrid, M.D.
    • Community Health and Development Program, Elizabeth Paterno
    • Information Management System, Romeo L. Villarta, Jr., M.D.
    • Learning Resource System, Noel S. Quiming,Ph.D.
    • National Graduate Office for the Health Science, Arnold Hallare, Ph.D.
    • Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, Odessa Joson
    • Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, Eric SM Talens, M.D.


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