List of University of the Philippines Diliman people

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The University of the Philippines has numerous notable alumni and faculty.

Notable students and alumni[edit]

Arts and humanities[edit]

Dong Abay former Yano band member, musician
Nilo Alcala composer, arranger, vocalist
Fernando Amorsolo visual artist and National Artist
Cristina A Ang architect, urban planner, Bonifacio Global City development control manager
Connie Angeles former Q.C. Vice Mayor; Host Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko
Hero Angeles actor, host, film director, artist
Angel Aquino film and television actress, Born: Angelita Velasquez Aquino on (1973-02-07) February 7, 1973 (age 44)
Atom Araullo TV news broadcaster, TV host
Kim Atienza broadcaster, TV host, weatherman (ABS-CBN)
Julius Babao broadcast journalist, radio commentator, anchor, host (ABS-CBN)
Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez broadcast journalist, TV host (PTV-4)
Christian Bautista singer, actor, host and model, landscape architecture graduate
Ramon Bautista TV personality, internet celebrity, radio dj
Christine Bersola-Babao broadcast journalist and TV personality, cum laude
Santiago Bose mixed media artist, founding member of the Baguio Arts Guild
Lino Brocka film director and National Artist
Zean Cabangis painter
Benedicto Cabrera ("Bencab") visual artist and National Artist; founding member of the Baguio Arts Guild
Ryan Cayabyab conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, resident judge of Philippine Idol
Gilbert Luis Centina III poet and member of the Augustinian Order
Cristeta Comerford first female White House executive chef
Renato Constantino historian and social critic
Wency Cornejo singer/songwriter, TV host
Prudenciana Cruz director of the National Library of the Philippines
Luchi Cruz-Valdes broadcast journalist (TV5)
Ebe Dancel Former Sugarfree frontman, musician
Flaudette May Datuin professor, researcher, and current Chair of the Department of Art Studies


Kara David journalist, cum laude
Randy David professor, sociologist, columnist, former TV public affairs show host
Karen Davila broadcast journalist, anchor and, host (ABS-CBN)
Vincent de Jesus composer, librettist, musical scorer and musical director
Martin del Rosario actor and model
Randy Dellosa life coach, American-trained psychologist, psychiatrist, Europe-trained psychotherapist; resident psychiatrist for Pinoy Big Brother, Pinoy Dream Academy, Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
Nick Deocampo film director
TJ Dimacali science fiction author and science journalist
Pepe Diokno director, producer and screenwriter [1]
Eugene Domingo TV, indie film, movie actress and comedian
Eraserheads members Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala
Gretchen Espina Pinoy Idol Season 1 winner

Maria Alfreda Fernandez Educator

Gretchen Fullido model and anchor, Born: Gretchen Mae Guzman Fullido on (1980-06-04) June 4, 1980 (age 37)
Pia Guanio TV host and actress
Terence Guillermo theater director, vocal teacher and choirmaster, singer
Agot Isidro singer, TV host and actress
Kamikazee members Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, Led Tuyay, Jayson Astete, and Allan Burdeos
Joel Lamangan TV and film director
Cholo Laurel film director
Maricel Laxa TV actress and host
Cheche Lazaro broadcast journalist
Anna Theresa Licaros Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2007; lawyer; BA Broadcast Communication, summa cum laude
Levi Lusterio web designer/developer
Eduardo Manalo Executive Minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo
Rikki Mathay broadcast journalist (ABSCBN), philanthropist, Senate spokesperson, magna cum laude
Ivan Mayrina newscaster and reporter (GMA-7)
Maningning Miclat visual artist and poet
Mark Meily film and TV director
Chito Miranda lead vocalist of Parokya ni Edgar [2]
Solita Monsod TV host, newspaper columnist, Professor of Economics, former Economic Planning secretary; BS Economics, cum laude
Jose "Pitoy" Moreno fashion designer and "Asia's fashion czar"
Angelo Muyot news journalist, anchor and host (TV5)
Sitti Navarro bossa nova artist, TV host
Lloyd Navera documentary producer and voice talent (GMA)
Grace Nono music performing artist, ethnomusicologist, author, cultural worker
Oscar Oida reporter (GMA-7)
Ces Oreña-Drilon
Bibeth Orteza screenwriter, former comedian
Paula Peralejo TV and film actress, AB Philosophy minor in Tourism, magna cum laude
Maki Pulido broadcast journalist and host (GMA-7)
Ces Quesada theatre actress, comedian
Radioactive Sago Project members Rastem Eugenio, Francis De Veyra, EJ Delgado, Arwin Nava, Jay Gapasin, Goo Simpliciano and Pards Tupas
Ryan "Atong" Redillas former child actor, 80s TV show Eh Kasi Bata!; current professor in UP Manila; graduate of Art Studies in UP Diliman, cum laude
Frances Rivera U.S.-based Emmy award-winning TV journalist
Eddie Romero film director and National Artist
Ninotchka Rosca novelist
Lucio San Pedro musician, professor of music and National Artist
Giselle Sanchez TV personality, magna cum laude
Pura Santillan-Castrence writer, essayist and diplomat
Bernadette Sembrano broadcast journalist, anchor and host (ABS-CBN), Born: Bernadette Lorraine Palisada Sembrano-Aguinaldo on (1976-02-18) February 18, 1976 (age 41), Spouse With Emilio Aguinaldo IV
Jose Maria Sison Professor of Literature and Social Sciences; poet; founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines
Jessica Soho broadcast journalist and host (GMA-7)
Auraeus Solito film director
Shamcey Supsup Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up; BS Architecture, magna cum laude
Louie Tabing multi-awarded rural broadcaster, radio anchor (DZMM)
Jal Taguibao former Sugarfree bassist; University of the Philippines Diliman professor of Political Science
Kidlat Tahimik (formerly Eric de Guia) film director
Jerrold Tarog Film director
Mel Tiangco broadcast journalist, anchor and host (GMA-7), GMA Kapuso Foundation chair
Amelyn Veloso newscaster and TV host (Solar News)
Jessica Zafra writer, columnist (Philippine Star)
Arnold Zamora composer and resident arranger of the Philippine Madrigal Singers ] Stage Actor, Director
Marco Ho a.k.a. "Bogart the Explorer"; comedian, actor, musician, TV host, internet celebrity

Business, economics and finance[edit]

Name Importance
Dante Canlas National Economic and Development Authority director-general (2001–2002)
Felipe L. Gozon Chairman and CEO of GMA Network, Inc.
Rowena V. Guanzon Commissioner, Commission on Audit
Felipe Medalla National Economic and Development Authority director-general (1998–2001)
Solita Monsod economist, professor, TV anchor, and National Economic and Development Authority director-general (1986–1989)
Loida Nicolas-Lewis Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc.
Ernesto Pernia National Economic and Development Authority director-general (2016–)
Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan Chairperson, Commission on Audit
Dr. Norberto B. Quisumbing Jr. Founder and Chairman of Norkis Group of Companies (Yamaha Philippines), Norkis Cyberpark and the Metro Manila Turf Club Inc.
Ralph Recto Senator and National Economic and Development Authority director-general (2008–2009)
Gerardo Sicat economist, professor and National Economic and Development Authority director-general (1973–1981)
Manuel Villar owner of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc.; Senator, Senate president (2006–2008); Speaker of the House of Representatives (1998–2000)
Cesar Virata Prime Minister of the Philippines (1981–1986); National Economic and Development Authority director-general (1981–1986)

Engineering, sciences and medicine[edit]

Name Importance
Paulo Campos physician; "father of nuclear medicine in the Philippines"; National Scientist
Edwin Copeland founder and first dean, U.P. Agricultural College (now U.P. Los Baños)
Conrado Dayrit cardiologist; co-founder of the Philippine Heart Association; "father of virgin coconut oil"
Fe del Mundo pediatrician; first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School; National Scientist; founder of the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines
Tomas Dy-Liacco electrical engineer, researcher, and developer; father of modern energy control centers.[3]
Juan Flavier medical doctor; former Secretary of Health and Philippine senator
Mikaela Fudolig former child prodigy, current U.P. professor Summa Cum Laude
Alonzo Gabriel food science professor; university scientist; recipient of 2013 TOYM and Outstanding Young Scientist (NAST) awards
Delfin Ganapin Jr. former Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary; head of the UNDP Small Grants Program-Environment in New York
Griselda Justiniana Garcia-Bausa first Filipina geologist
Miflora Minoza-Gatchalian Food technologist. Founding President of the Philippine Association of Food Technologists.
Alfredo Juinio civil engineer; Dean of the UP College of Engineering; former Minister of Public Works and Highways and Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration
Roman Kintanar meteorologist
Alfredo Mahar Lagmay geologist, professor, Executive Director of Project Noah[4][5]
Alejandro Melchor civil engineer, mathematician, and former Secretary of National Defense
Mario Montejo engineer, businessman; DOST Secretary
Baldomero Olivera 2007 Harvard Foundation Scientist of the Year, biochemist
Fortunato de la Peña engineer, DOST Secretary
Raymundo Punongbayan geologist; professor; consultant on volcanology, geology, seismology and disaster preparedness; former director of PHIVOLCS; recipient of Unit Award for Excellence of Service
Jose R. Velasco agricultural physiologist and chemist, National Scientist
Jacquiline Romero physicist

Politics, law and governance[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Name Importance
Encarnacion Alzona first woman historian in the Philippines; National Scientist
Virgilio Enriquez "father of Filipino psychology", founder of Sikolohiyang Pilipino
Lia Andrea Aquino Ramos Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe 2006
Gregorio F. Zaide historian


University and college student council leaders[edit]

UP Diliman[edit]

Notable past and present faculty[edit]

The Metrobank Search for Outstanding Teachers[edit]

UP continues to dominate Metrobank Foundation's Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) with over a score of winners, including Milagros D. Ibe (1987), Priscelina Patajo-Legasto (1998), Caesar Saloma (2007) and Dina Joana Ocampo (2009).

Faculty members who are writers[edit]

National Artists[edit]

Of the 66 National Artists of the Philippines thus far honored, the majority are UP alumni, including three former students who did not earn their degree at the University. The honored league of National Artists from UP are:

National Scientists[edit]

Several UP alumni and faculty members have been named as National Scientists of the Philippines. This is the highest award accorded to Filipino scientists by the Philippine government.


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  3. ^ "About The Speakers". Power System Operation and Control: A Montefiore/CCLab Seminar Sponsored by Institut d’Electricité Montefiore (Université de Liège) March 22–25, 1999 Liège, Belgium. Control Center LABoratory, University of Liège – Montefiore Electrical Institute. 1999. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ DOST to launch MOSES for Project NOAH.
  5. ^ National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines.
  6. ^ "Guest of Honor and Speaker" (PDF). Rotary Club of Manila. May 3, 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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