Polytechnic University of the Philippines

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Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas
Seal of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.svg
Seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Former names
  • Manila Business School
  • Philippine School of Commerce
  • Philippine College of Commerce
Motto Tanglaw ng Bayan
Motto in English
Light of the Nation
Established October 19, 1904
Type State
Academic affiliation
Budget ₱1.048 billion (2015)[1]
President Emanuel de Guzman
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 48,213 (2015)
68,249 (2013)
Location Manila, Philippines
14°35′50″N 121°0′39″E / 14.59722°N 121.01083°E / 14.59722; 121.01083Coordinates: 14°35′50″N 121°0′39″E / 14.59722°N 121.01083°E / 14.59722; 121.01083
Campus Urban
Language Tagalog, English
  Maroon and Gold
Sports Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Combat, Football, Flying disc games, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate, Volleyball, Water Polo
Nickname PUP Mighty Maroons
Mascot PUPOY
Sporting affiliations
Website www.pup.edu.ph

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Filipino: Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas; abbreviated as PUP and commonly known as PUP Sta. Mesa and PUP Manila) is a coeducational, research state university located in Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines. It was founded on October 19, 1904 as the Manila Business School, under the Division of City Schools – Manila as the city's business school.[2] PUP Manila is the flagship campus and the seat of administration of the PUP System where about 48,213 students are enrolled.[3] With a combined student population of 70,000 in 2015, which includes all branches and campuses, the PUP System is largest state university in the Philippines. PUP confers diploma, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and is composed of its graduate school, an distance education program, 14 colleges, a secondary laboratory school and the Institute of Technology.

PUP is known as the "Poor Man's University"[5][6] where the economically challenged and other marginalized people study.[7] It is notable for charging the lowest tuition among all universities in the Philippines at 12 pesos (US$0.29) per academic unit, a rate that has remained unchanged since 1979.[8]

Aside from being known as the poor man's school, PUP is also known for establishing the first railway academy in Southeast Asia,[9] its excellency in the academic field, and its student activism.[10]

PUP's sports team is known as the Mighty Maroons and plays in the National Capital Region Conference of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA). The team also plays in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) since becoming a member in 2013. Its official volleyball team, the PUP Lady Radicals, plays in the Shakey's V-League.


Business school[edit]

The organic act which established the Civil Government in the Philippines in 1901 made provision for the establishment of the Philippine School of Commerce. The Manila Business School[11] (MBS, also referred as the Manila School of Commerce)[12] was founded on October 19, 1904[12] to meet the demands of needed businessmen and businesswomen for government service and private employment.[13] The school was a part of the city school system of Manila and was under the superintendence of Gabriel A. O’Reilly.[14][15] It held its first classes at a small two-storey building in No. 38 Gunao Street corner Arlegui in Quiapo.

The school was made into an Insular (or national) school because the majority of its students came from the province and was renamed as Philippine School of Commerce in 1908.[11] The school moved out from its Arlegui building and continued its operation on Goldenberg Mansion located on Gen. Solano Street in San Miguel which was formerly occupied by the Bureau of Audits and the Philippine Senate. Its faculty was composed of Filipino and American teachers. For administrative purposes, the school was placed under the administration of the Superintendent of City Schools but kept its status as a national school.[13]

The Normal Hall of the Philippine Normal University where the Philippine School of Commerce held its classes for 12 years.

In 1933, the school was merged with the Philippine Normal School[11] and the Philippine School of Arts and Trades. During the merger that lasted 12 years, PSC was administered by the PNS Superintendent and its students who completed their courses were considered graduates of Philippine Normal School. The existence of the Philippine School of Commerce caught the attention of President Manuel L. Quezon. In his graduation address in March 26, 1940 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, he promised a new building for the school where its graduates can be recognized. Two years later, Congressman Manuel A. Alazarte together with the Department Head of the Philippine School of Commerce Luis F. Reyes, formulated a bill to this effect and present it to the Congress. Unfortunately, the plan was not carried out because of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines that occurred between 1942 and 1945 during World War II.[13]

Shortly after the liberation, Superintendent Luis F. Reyes resumed the task for the re-establishment and rehabilitation of the school. The Bureau of Public Works released more than 8,000 for the repairs and maintenance of public buildings of which the school is a beneficiary. The ruins of the Normal Hall was reconstructed and the college resumed classes on August 4, 1946. In 1947, the Philippine Normal School converted the Normal Hall into a dormitory and the Philippine School of Commerce resigned to its lot as it operates humbly with overcrowded rooms.

Because of its unbearable condition, the school made representations in the Philippine Alien Property Administrator, through Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs, for the acquisition of the Lepanto site in Sampaloc. By August 4, 1947 the school transferred to its new campus and Luis F. Reyes was appointed as its superintendent.[13]

Elevation into a college[edit]

The Philippine School of Commerce was elevated into a college and was renamed as the Philippine College of Commerce on 1952 by virtue of Republic Act 778. Superintendent Luis F. Reyes became the President of the college.[16] It broadened its course offerings and the Annex Building, which had housed the Congress of the Philippines, was turned over to the college. The Business Writers Association of the Philippines awarded the college the title of "Business College of the Year” in 1955.[16]

In 1962, Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente was appointed as President. He implemented numerous initiatives that greatly benefits the students such as student loans, and the inclusion of the student council in the policy-making body of the college. Three years later, President Diosdado Macapagal proclaimed that the Pandacan site of the Bureau of Animal Industry be reserved for the use of the college,[16] which is in fact, a former slaughterhouse.[17]

In 1968, the college offered social science courses related to business education. Also, the college was granted to use and dispose the A. Mabini Campus in Santa Mesa, Manila adjoining the former site of National Development Corporation, which will eventually become the main and flagship campus of the institution. It was also awarded the title lot for its S.H. Loyola (Lepanto) Campus. As a hotbed of student activism, a handful of its students participated in the First Quarter Storm, one of the factors leading up to the declaration of Martial Law in 1972.

The college moved out from its Lepanto campus and completed its transfer to the A. Mabini Campus in 1971. From 1972-1977, the college has established several branches, broadened its course offerings, and has restructured its offices and academic units from time to time.

Elevation into a State University[edit]

The Philippine College of Commerce became a chartered state university and was accordingly renamed as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, through Presidential Decree 1341 on April 1, 1978. Dr. Pablo T. Mateo served as the first President of PUP and the University further broadened its course offerings and its administrative organization was restructured.[18]

In 1979, the construction of the Main Library, the University Canteen (Sampaguita Building), the Interfaith Chapel, and the addition of 3rd-5th floors of the Main Academic Building was completed (although the 5th floor finished its construction in 1984). It also created the Institute of Technology, which was later known as the College of Engineering and Architecture. Because of the addition of more technical, undergrad and postgraduate programs, PUP adopted the "cluster colleges" setup in 1984, where each college prepared the program and supervise all the subjects required in the degree program offered in the college.[18]

In 1986, Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente re-assumed the presidency of PUP. Under his presidency, PUP developed its physical facilities in Manila and in other campuses. He also formulated a new PUP logo, hymn and philosophy and had the University's organization restructured. PUP experience enhancement in its academic and co-curricular programs, upsurge in cultural activities, and maintains a dynamic physical education and sports program during his term. Because of what Prudente did, he was credited with revitalizing public education in the Philippines by institutionalizing much-needed changes in the state university he led, which will eventually become the largest state university.[19]

In the 1990's, PUP had its first lady president appointed, Dr. Zenaida A. Olonan. It also modernized its technological facilities to keep up pace in the fast-changing condition. Before the decade was over, in 1999, PUP created its Information and Technology Center (ICTC). It started its operations a year later in 2000. By February 2000, PUP was conferred by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development for Excellence (CODE) in Information Technology. PUP was also recognized as a Virtual Center for Technology Innovation in Information Technology by the Department of Science and Technology.[20]

Centennial Year[edit]

Main article: PUP Centennial Year
Panoramic view of the Freedom Plaza, built in 2004 as a part of the PUP Centennial Year.

PUP celebrated its Centennial Year in 2004. The countdown for the Centennial started in 1999. In 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo proclaimed 2004 as the "PUP Centennial Year".[21] She also declared that the PUP Mabini Campus be the official and permanent home of the Mabini Shrine. The Diosdado P. Magapagal Law Center (College of Law Building) in Lepanto Campus and the Freedom Plaza were all constructed for this purpose.

PUP made the world's largest human rainbow during its centennial celebration held in Rizal Park to highlight the signing of the Declaration of Peace to be put before the United Nations.[22] PUP's largest human rainbow is made of 30,365 students, faculty, staff and alumni.[23]

21st century[edit]

In 2005, Dr. Dante G. Guevarra was appointed as the Officer-in-Charge of PUP. A year later, he became the Acting President. Notable achievements during his term include the creation of the web-based application system PUP iApply, the designation of PUP as Southeast Asia's first railway academy in 2007,[9] and PUP becoming as one of the sites for the entire nation's commemoration of the 110th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence. Among the notable structures built during this time include the Mabini Obelisk, Freedom Plaza, and the Fort Santiago replica walls of the Luntiang Pilipinas Forest Park.[20]

In 2010, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared PUP as the official and permanent home of the Mabini Shrine, the third site on which the Shrine is relocated. It was transferred to PUP to protect it from the flood control project of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Despite these achievements, however, Dr. Guevarra's tenure was also controversial due to allegations of graft and corruption, which was linked to the assassination of the Vice President for Administration during his term, Augustus Cezar.[24][25][26] Because of his unsatisfactory performance after the recent events, he was suspended from his duty as the President of PUP along with other University officials that are believed to be involved in the aforementioned the scandals.[27][28]

In March 2012, Emanuel de Guzman was appointed as the new President of PUP after a painstaking transition period.[29][30] PUP participated in a successful attempt to set a world record for most organ donation pledges in 2014, a project spearheaded by the Department of Health. It broke the record for most organ donation pledges in one hour. 3,548 people signed up in the span of 30 minutes, beating India's 2,755 pledged organ donors.[31][32]

PUP placed 3rd in the "Go Green in the City" contest held at Paris, France in June 2015, representing the Philippines. Engineering students John Paul Santos and Christian Santa Romana won the award for their invention, the ELECTRIFILTER (Electricity Generation from Filthy Water). It generates electricity from waste water, has the capability to filter and cleanse water and is portable so that it can be delivered to places where clean water and electricity are short in supply.[33][34]


The campus of PUP adjoins the lots that was formerly owned by the National Development Company and sits at the riverbanks of the Pasig River. The adjoining 10.31 hectare of land that formerly belongs to the National Development Company is also owned by PUP[35] although this land is subject to ownership disputes.[5]

A. Mabini Campus[edit]

A view of the Freedom Plaza and the North Wing of the PUP Main Academic Building.
The PUP Pylon, situated at the Main Gate of the A. Mabini Campus.
The Obelisk with Luntiang Pilipinas Forest Park at the background, surrounded by walls and a gate that are replicas Fort Santiago.

The A. Mabini Campus is the main campus of PUP, hence was also commonly referred to as the PUP Main Campus. It was named after Apolinario Mabini, a Filipino intellectual and revolutionary during the Spanish colonial times, who was also known as the First Modern Filipino.[36] The campus was accordingly renamed when the Mabini Shrine was moved inside the compound in 2007. The A. Mabini Campus hosts the core cluster of academic buildings and services. The first building built on the site is the Main Academic Building, which was originally intended to be a military tenement. The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center is regarded as one of the largest libraries in Southeast Asia.[37]

Parks inside the campus include the Luntiang Pilipinas Forest Park, which contains a lagoon and is sealed by walls that imitates Fort Santiago and its walls in Intramuros, and the PUP Linear Park that was constructed in 2006 facing the Pasig River. The Freedom Plaza was built for PUP's Centennial Year that was celebrated in 2004 and was finished in 2007. Sports facilities in the campus include the PUP Gymnasium and Sports Center, an Olympic-size swimming pool, two basketball courts, tennis courts, and the university oval (sports ground) and grandstand.[38]

Mabini Shrine[edit]

The bamboo-and-nipa house, which would later be known as the Mabini Shrine, is a historical house that was owned by the couple Cecilio del Rosario and Maxima Castaneda-del Rosario to whom Apolinario Mabini was related by affinity. The house was originally located at Nagtahan, Pandacan, in Manila. Mabini first lived in the del Rosario house in 1888, the year he entered the Faculty of Law of the nearby University of Santo Tomas. He died in this house on May 13, 1903, due to an outbreak of cholera in the area.[39]

The marker of Mabini's death inside the antesala room where he died.

The house was originally located at the foot of the Nagtahan Bridge on the north bank of the Pasig River. It was moved to the south bank in 1960, into the Presidential Security Group Compound in Malacañan Park in order to give way for the widening of Nagtahan (now Mabini) Bridge. Within the compound, it was restored under the care of National Artist for Architecture, Juan F. Nakpil. On April 2007, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority proposed that the Mabini Shrine be relocated to a new site, as part of a project to widen the river channel in order to let the water in the Pasig River flow unimpeded. Then President of PUP Dr. Dante Guevarra successfully volunteered the PUP Main Campus as the new site, and a 905-square meter site was reserved for the shrine, hence becoming the third site of the Mabini Shrine. The PUP Main Campus was also renamed as the Mabini Campus.[39]

In order to prevent another movement that “may further diminish its historical and architectural authenticity and sanctity as a National Shrine,” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, through Proclamation No. 1992, s. 2010, declared the PUP Mabini Campus to be the permanent home of the Mabini Shrine.[40] A yearlong project was undertaken in 2013 to restore the house and its surrounding grounds.[39]

NDC Compound Campus[edit]

PUP's 10.31 hectare NDC Compound Campus contains the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Communication, College of Engineering, and the Institute of Technology.[38] Among its notable landmark is the Carriedo Mansion, which is popularly known as the Antique House. It was transferred by the National Development Corporation to the National Government in 1989 which in turn transferred it to PUP.[41] It also contains the PUP BPO Center which was launched through a partnership between PUP and the Civil Service Commission.

Ownership disputes[edit]

The Carriedo Mansion, popularly known as the PUP Antique House, is one of the assets transferred by the National Development Company to PUP. It is currently unusable.[41]

The campus of PUP was given by the National Development Corporation when it moved out in 1989, transferring all its assets to the national government which in turn will be given to PUP. The campus of the National Development Corporation is leased to several warehouses, factories and other government institutions and private offices. The lessees have the option to purchase the land according to their agreement with the company. When the National Development Corporation decided to move out, however, it decided that all its assets be transferred to the National Government and be given to PUP. This was ratified by President Corazon Aquino when she signed Memorandum Order No. 214, s. 1989 on January 6, 1989.[35]

Firestone Ceramics, Incorporated is one of the lessees of the National Development Company. It occupies 1.8 hectares adjacent to the A. Mabini Campus. The company filed a case against PUP when the University tried to takeover the land they occupy. Because the land was protected by a contract between the NDC and Firestone Ceramics that enables the latter to purchase the land, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Firestone Ceramics and grant its right of first refusal. However, the Court acknowledges the need of PUP to expand, but says it can do so in other ways.[42] PUP unsuccessfully tries to takeover lot measuring 2,407 meters owned by Golden Horizon Realty Corporation inside the NDC Compound whose case is very similar to that of the Firestone Ceramics years earlier.[43]

GSIS condotel-hostel purchase[edit]

In 2007, PUP purchased two five-storey condotel-hostel buildings near its NDC Campus from the Government Service Insurance System to accommodate its growing student population. The buildings, known as PUP Condotel, was worth ₱575.7 million upon its purchase. The Commission on Audit labeled it as a "waste of government funds" because the buildings are in unusable condition at the time of its purchase.[44] Only PUP Condotel Building A was rehabilitated and is currently in use while Building B is still unusable. The rehabilitation cost already amounted to ₱101.3 million as of 2013. The overall cost for the buildings, including its rehabilitation, already amounts to ₱677.1 million and balloons higher as rehabilitation continues.[45]

M. H. Del Pilar Campus[edit]

A photo of the PUP Hasmin Hostel, the home of the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management.

PUP's M. H. Del Pilar Campus contains the Graduate School and the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management.[38] It also contains the Hasmin Hostel, formerly a budget hostel which was purchased by PUP in the late 1980's. Currently, it provides the sleeping and residential quarters for the students and faculty of PUP. It also serves as the training grounds for hospitality management students.


Emanuel de Guzman, popularly known as "Dekong" to the PUP community.

The PUP System is governed by a Board of Regents that responsible for the appointment of the President of PUP and the approval of institutional policies. The current board consists of fourteen people and members of the board include the President of PUP, the Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education and the Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The current President of PUP is Emanuel de Guzman, who is popularly known as "Dekong" to the PUP community.

Allowances and salaries[edit]

Emanuel de Guzman is the highest-paid state university president whose basic annual salary was ₱3.09 million in 2013, according to the Commission on Audit.[46] Other executive officials of PUP also receive huge salaries and allowances. PUP Vice Presidents Samuel Salvador and Joseph Mercado received ₱2.7 million each; while Manuel Muhi, the Executive Vice President, was paid ₱2.4 million according to the Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad.[47]


PUP rankings
CHED Top Law Schools (2009)[48] 17
The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center is regarded as one of the largest libraries in Southeast Asia.

PUP is broadly organized into fourteen colleges, a secondary laboratory school, its nontraditional studies/distance education programs and a graduate school. It offers an extensive selection of more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs.[2] PUP's graduate school and the College of Education confers doctoral and master's degrees.[49] The Open University System is the first institution of distance learning education in the Philippines.[50] Its technical school, the Institute of Technology does not require passing the entrance test for admission and offers six diploma programs.

PUP maintains an average size of 40-50 students per class,[2] but there are cases of overcrowded class as more students are admitted. PUP operates year-round with two semesters and a summer. Summer sessions depend on the course and on the campus.[2]

Schools, Colleges and Institute[edit]

An aerial view of the PUP Engineering and Architecture Building.

The College of Education is regarded as the oldest college of PUP which started as a course in business education in 1904. The PUP Laboratory High School, which is one of few high schools offering a commercial curriculum, is regarded as one of the best high schools in the country and serves as the laboratory school of the college where students practice-teach. From the entrepreneurship and courses offered in 1904 humbly began the College of Business Administration, while the College of Accountancy and Finance started in 1960 as a bachelor program in Commerce with major in Accounting. The College of Computer and Information Sciences started in 1969 as an Electronic Data Process course offered by the College of Accountancy. Its Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program was recognized as a Center of Development for Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education from 2000 up to 2006.[20] To develop the culture of sports and athleticism, the present-day College of Human Kinetics was established in 1978 as the College of Physical Education and Sports. The College of Engineering was established in 1986 as the College of Engineering and Architecture.[51]

In 2001, several collegiate departments were elevated into its own college which results in the establishment of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Communication, College of Law, and the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management. Its newest academic units are the College of Arts and Letters, College of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Social Sciences and Development, all of which are founded through an organizational restructuring in 2012.[52]

The College of Communication is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development. In a like manner, its bachelor's program in Filipinology, Business Teacher Education and Journalism and its doctoral program in Educational Management gained the same recognition.[53][54]

Open University System[edit]

PUP is known for its distance learning education programs. The Open University System is conceptualized as a "university within a university". It is composed of the PUP Institute of Open and Distance Education/Transnational Education, PUP Institute of Non-Traditional Studies Program and ETEEAP, and the PUP Center for Continuing and Professional Development. The PUP OU System is also known as the "Pamantasang Bayan" and established in the 1970's which offers vocational courses.[50]

PUP is also known as one of three universities that were able to institutionalize and implement the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program or ETEEAP, despite the absence of budgetary support from CHED. The ETEEAP program focus on people who's been working for 5 years or more without a college degree and wants to acquire one faster than the traditional way of studying. As of 2014, the cost of the tuition fee is ₱4,800 per a 3-unit subject for a bachelor’s degree and ₱6,750 per a 3-unit subject for a master’s degree.[55] PUP is also known for its Non-Traditional Study Program or NTSP, which evaluates the student's educational background, work experiences and achievements through a rating system that leads to the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.[56] The ETEEAP and the NTSP are handled by the PUP Institute of Non-Traditional Studies Program and ETEEAP.

Admissions and enrollment[edit]

First-Time Freshman Profile[57]
2014 2013 2012
Freshman Applicants 41,824 36,458 34,198
Admitted 10,820 10,280 8,868
 % Admitted

Admission to PUP is selective. To be admitted, aspiring students must pass the PUP College Entrance Test. Admission to selected program is based on the test score and the availability of slots. A different admission test is given to the entrance scholars, the PUP Scholastic Aptitude and Interest Test and they can enroll in any program they like upon passing regardless of slot availability. Of an estimated 50,000 annual PUPCET takers, only 8,000 will be accepted due to the university's limited budget.[58] With a population of 68,249 students in 2013, it is the largest state university in the Philippines.[4]

Tuition fee at PUP ranges from ₱600 to ₱16,000, and it is almost free for the residents of Manila.[59] Undergraduate students pay an average of ₱1,500 ($34) per semester while high school students pay an average of ₱1,000 ($22) a year.[60] For each student, the national government subsidy amounts to ₱16,000 for the school year of 2014/15.[61]

More than a hundred of the student population are foreigners from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana. Also, students from South Korea visits PUP every summer to take up intensive English courses.[2]


PUP has 2,747 employees as of the year-end 2013.[4] For the academic year of 2012/13, PUP has 1,828 faculty.[62] Its faculty-student ratio is 1:37.[63] The faculty spends two-thirds of their time in teaching and one-third for research and extension activities.[2]


Research is a major function of the university. The Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development is the official research and planning agency of the PUP. It was established as the Department of Research and Statistics in November 1951.[64] PUP is a member of the De La Salle UniversityCommission on Higher Education Zonal Research Center.[65] It is also a member institution of the Higher Education Research Consortium Philippines.[66] Three of its research publications are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, these are the Mabini Review, PUP Journal Science and Technology and the Social Sciences and Development Review.[67] PUP organized the 2011[68] and hosted the 2013 International Research Conference in Higher Education.[69]

In order to produce high-impact researches that will respond to the ever-changing needs of the academia, a four (4) storey building called the PUP Engineering and Science Research Center will rise at the Mabini Campus.[70]


In 2014, PUP released ₱1.7 million to finance 11 researches. 3 of the approved research proposals came from the College of Science, 3 from the College of Education, 2 from the College of Communication, 1 each for the College of Arts and Letters and the South Cluster I of PUP Taguig. The research grant was given in 3 tranches.[71] In 2015, the Approved Institutional Research amounts to ₱2,280,947.00.[72]

Student life[edit]

PUP has a variety of longstanding traditions and celebrations such as its month-long Founding Anniversary held every October, with post-foundation anniversary events being held afterwards. The Pylon Run, held annually at during founding anniversary by the PUP chapter of Alpha Phi Omega is PUP's own version of the Oblation Run.

Student organizations[edit]

PUPLHS Chorale performing at their anniversary concert "Committed" in 2012.

PUP's more than a hundred student organizations and clubs cover a wide range of interests. Cultural organizations are under the University Center for Culture and the Arts. The Central Student Council is the undergraduate student government of PUP. Under the Central Student Council is the PUP Commission on Student Organizations and Accreditation which have the mandate to accredit, re-accredit, or re-validate student organizations.

Notable political student organizations are the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayan (SAMASA), Bangon PUP, and KILOS! PUP. Popular music organizations include the PUPLHS Chorale, Polysound, and formerly the internationally acclaimed bamboo orchestra group PUP Banda Kawayan[73] (now known as Banda Kawayan Pilipinas).[74]

The Federation of Alumni Associations in PUP, Inc. (FEDAAPI) is the official alumni association of PUP. It oversees various activities for alumni such as class reunions, local gatherings, alumni travel, and career services. The PUP Tahanan ng Alumni Building was established through FEDAAPI.


Militant activist protesting at the Freedom Plaza.

PUP is known for its student activism.[10][75] PUP has many student groups focused on political reform. The militant national democratic partisan groups are the cause of frequent protest and rallies in the campus. PUP's variety of partisan groups include liberal, socialist, conservative, and several third party organizations. The dominant party is the militant national democratic.

On March 2013, some activist students burned chairs in a protest regarding an alleged tuition hike. The incident came in the wake of the suicide of a University of the Philippines Manila freshman who allegedly could not afford to pay her tuition.[76] The students involved in the violent protest faced sanctions from the university.[77] The incident is not the first time that PUP students burns and destroys chairs. The first incident was back in 2010, where hundreds of agitated students walked out of the room and began throwing dilapidated chairs, tables, and examination papers from the main building to denounce an allegedly 2,000% tuition hike.[78]


PUP has a variety of media outlets. The Observer is PUP's official publication and is published monthly on print and online. The militant student-run newspaper is called The Catalyst. The PUPCreaTV is regarded as the first university-based online channel in the Philippines.[79] It was launched in February 2013 and its pioneer programs are "The Observer Flash Online" (newscast), "PUP TV" (feature magazine program), and "State U" (web series).

DZMC is the campus radio station operated by the College of Communication. Its programming tentatively include news, sports, educational/children's programs, talk shows, commentaries, to music programs and request shows, mostly geared towards the interests of students, faculty and the administration. All operations have been put on hold, due to reasons of pending license application.


Main article: PUP Mighty Maroons
PUP Gymnasium and Sports Center

PUP's varsity teams compete in the National Capital Region Conference of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association. They also play at the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities since becoming a member in 2013.[80] The athletic teams of PUP are called the Mighty Maroons.

Its volleyball and basketball teams plays at the PUP Gymnasium and Sports Center. Softball is played at the PUP Oval field, which was recently rehabilitated in 2013. Non-varsity student sports clubs that compete with other area universities include the PUP Ultimate, which played at the 2011 University FriXbee Championship held at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The PUP Lady Stars is the official volleyball team. It will play at the 2nd Conference of the 12th Season of Shakey's V-League and was known as the PUP Lady Radicals, avoiding the usage of the name Mighty Maroons because of its resemblance to the name of rival team UP Fighting Maroons. The team is the replacement for the De La Salle Lady Spikers, who pulled out of the league due to its commitment in other tournaments.[81]

The PUP Stars Cheerleading Team was formed in 1998 and was the champion in the 2011 SCUAA-NCR Cheerdance Competition. They were also the champion in the 2006 and 2010 season of the Philippine Inter Schools, Colleges and Universities Athletic Association cheerdance competition.


Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are called as "PUPians". Students and graduates are also called "Iskolar ng Bayan" (Scholars of the Nation).


PUP has produced remarkable alumni in their respective fields. In a Jobstreet.com Philippines survey that surveyed more than 450 companies in 2015, PUP ranked 4th among the schools where employers sought out perspective employee from fresh graduates.[82][83] The salary range of the graduates of PUP is ₱152,271 – ₱656,178 according to The Manila Times.[84]

Filipino political leaders and public servants that are graduates of PUP include Satur Ocampo, a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, Celia Capadocia-Yango, who once served as the Secretary of Social Welfare and Development, and Ted Failon a former politician and a broadcast journalist. Other legal figures include Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe, the Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner and former Chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission, and Diosdado N. Silva, the Assistant General Manager of the Philippine National Railways and a lawyer.[85]

PUP alumni serving as CEOs or company presidents and executives include Fernando L. Martinez, the founder and CEO of Eastern Petroleum,[86] Joey Bermudez, the former President of the Philippine Veterans Bank, Olive Ramos, the CEO of South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) (now called Tigerair Philippines),[87] Henry M. Tan, a Certified Public Accountant and the President of the PICPA Eastern Metro Manila Chapter, the former President and CEO of Chowking.

PUP alumni in the academia include Galcoso C. Alburo, one of Metrobank Foundation's Outstanding Teachers in the field of Filipino literature, Ed Teovisio, one of Metrobank Foundation's Outstanding Teachers for 2012,[88] Francisco Dalupan, Sr., the founder of the University of the East and Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, the Rector Magnificus of the University of Santo Tomas.[7] Maridol Tadeo an alumni of this school whose now a successful CPA in SGV & Co.

In the area of religion and theology, PUP alumni includes Eddie Villanueva,[89] the founder and Spiritual Director of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide.

In film, entertainment, television, PUP is represented by 2006 Binibining Pilipinas-International titleholder Denille Lou Valmonte; actors Bayani Agbayani,[90] and Tado Jimenez; singer Liezel Garcia; comedians such as Micheal "Pekto" Nacua, Albert Sumaya Jr., popularly known as Betong, and James Ronald and Rodfil Obeso, the duo brothers who are better known as Moymoy Palaboy. Filipino TV hosts that are graduates of PUP include Love Añover, and broadcaster and former politician Mario Teodoro Failon Etong. Notable reporters that are graduates of PUP includes Steve Dailisan, Maricel Halili, Marc Logan and Maan Macapagal and radio disc jockey John Gemperle, better known as Papa Jack. Nationally known remarkable alumni include Dr. Rustica Carpio, who was entitled to the Ulirang Artista Lifetime Achievement Awardee.


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