University of the Philippines Cebu College

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University of the Philippines Cebu
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa Sugbo
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas.png
Motto Honor and Excellence
Type National, research university
  • 1918 (campus)
  • 2010 (autonomous unit)
President Alfredo E. Pascual
Dean Liza D. Corro
Academic staff
124 (2013)[1]
Students 1,611 (2013)[1]
Undergraduates 1,179 (2013)[1]
Postgraduates 274 (2013)[1]
Other students
158 (high school) (2013)[1]
Location Cebu City, Philippines
10°19′21″N 123°53′55″E / 10.32250°N 123.89861°E / 10.32250; 123.89861Coordinates: 10°19′21″N 123°53′55″E / 10.32250°N 123.89861°E / 10.32250; 123.89861
Campus Urban, 29.6526 acres (12.0000 ha)
Hymn "U.P. Naming Mahal" ("U.P. Beloved")
Colors UP colors.svg UP Maroon and UP Forest Green
Nickname Fighting Maroons
UP logotype.svg

The University of the Philippines Cebu (Cebuano: Unibersidad sa Pilipinas sa Sugbo; also referred to as UPC or UP Cebu) is an autonomous unit of the University of the Philippines system located in Cebu City, the capital city of Cebu in the Philippines. It was founded on May 3, 1918, ten years after the founding of UP in 1908.[2]

UP Cebu was formerly under the administrative supervision of UP Visayas, along with three other satellite campuses, namely UP Miag-ao, UP Iloilo City and UP Tacloban. On September 24, 2010, the UP Board of Regents elevated the status of UP Cebu to that of an autonomous unit, in preparation for its elevation to the status of a constituent university of the UP System in around five to seven years.[3]

The college has two campuses. The Lahug campus is located in Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City. It occupies a 12-hectare site which was donated by the Cebu Provincial Government in 1929; however, a fraction of the land is occupied by informal settlers. The new UP Cebu SRP campus features the UP Professional Schools which offers degree programs such as Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Education and Master of Science in Environmental Studies.

In 2007, the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized U.P. Cebu as a National Center of Excellence (COE) in Information Technology.

Name changes[edit]

The successive births and rebirths, and academic upheavals have vested UPC with a succession of names.[4]

  • 1918: Junior College of Liberal Arts
  • 1922: Junior College of the Philippines
  • 1930: Cebu Junior College, UP
  • 1947: Cebu College, UP
  • 1963: UP Graduate School
  • 1966: UP School in Cebu
  • 1971: UP at Cebu
  • 1975: UP College Cebu
  • 1991: UP Cebu College
  • 2010: University of the Philippines Cebu


University of the Philippines Cebu Deans
Name Tenure of office

Dr. Nestor Nisperos 1970's
Dr. Primitivo Cal 1980's
Dr. Soccoro Villalobos 1989-1997
Dr. Jesus Juario 1997-2003
Dr. Enrique Avila 2003-2011
Dr. Richelita Galapate (OIC) 2011-2012
Prof. Teresita J. Rodriguez (OIC) 2012
Atty. Liza D. Corro 2012–present

As an Autonomous Unit of the U.P. System, U.P. Cebu's highest local administrative officer is the College Dean, directly under the office of the U.P. President. Management and handling of the College's various administrative functions are divided between the following offices:

  • Office of the Dean
  • Office of the College Secretary and Registrar (OCSR)
  • Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA)
  • Office of the Associate Dean for Administration (ADA)
  • Office of Student Affairs (OSA)
  • Campus Development and Maintenance Office (CDMO)
  • Cluster Chairpersons
    • Arts and Humanities Cluster
    • Management Cluster
    • Sciences Cluster
      • Chair, Department of Computer Science
    • Social Sciences Cluster

Student Government[edit]

The U.P. Cebu Student Council (UPC-SC) currently has 17 voting members and 3 nonvoting members: the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, 4 Councilors, 8 Year Representatives, 2 Fine Arts Representatives, 1 UNISO Chairperson, and 3 Secretaries. The 4 Councilor posts were instituted as a replacement to 2 U.P. Visayas College Representatives following U.P. Cebu's elevation to an Autonomous Unit. All positions serve for one-year terms, with the First Year Representatives being elected every August and the rest elected every February.


Admission and Graduation[edit]

High School

  • Pass the U.P. High School Admission Test (UP HSAT)
  • Pass the family income status requirements set by U.P. High School
  • An average of at least 85% in Math, Science, English / Literature, Civics / Social Studies, and Filipino subjects at the time of application
  • A conduct grade of at least B (or equivalent)
  • Must come from a family with a gross annual income of 150,000 pesos or less

College / Undergraduate

  • Pass the U.P. College Admission Test (UPCAT), not required for CFA (Certificate of Fine Arts) students
  • Talent test (Fine Arts students only)


  • Pass the U.P. Graduate School Admission Test
  • At least 2 years of work experience

Clusters and Programs[edit]

U.P. Cebu offers certificate programs, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees. They are arranged according to these clusters:

Arts and Humanities Cluster

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Studio Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Product Design

Business Management Cluster

Undergraduate Degree Program

Graduate Degree Program

Sciences Cluster

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Social Sciences Cluster

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Program

High School Program

The college also has a High School program which began in 1972. Commonly known as the University of the Philippines – Cebu High School, the high school program is run by the college's Professional Education Division. The high school program's enrollment was downsized down from 3 sections in the past to 2 sections currently for each year level by the order of Dean Enrique Avila, supposedly because of problems in funding. Each high school class has a maximum of 35 students.

Grading System and Academic Calendar[edit]

U.P. Cebu College uses the same grading system as the other undergraduate colleges of the U.P. System.

Academic performance is rated from 1.00 being excellent to 5.00 as failed. Grades from 1.00 to 3.00 are separated by increments of 0.25, while 3.00 is followed immediately by 4.00 and then 5.00. A grade of four (4.00) is a conditional grade and a student needs to "remove" the grade of 4.00 during a prescribed period (usually determined by the college where he/she is enrolled) or else it becomes a 5.00 once the period has lapsed. A conditional grade can only be removed by a removal exam; if the student passes the exam, he/she obtains a grade of 3.00, otherwise it is 5.00. An alternative for 4.00 is the rating of "INC", which means incomplete, and is given to students who have unfinished requirements for a particular subject. If a student drops the subject before the "subject dropping period" his/her record for that subject will be replaced by "DRP".[5][6]

Students who attain a grade point average of 1.20 or better, 1.45 to 1.20, and 1.75 to 1.45 are awarded upon graduation as summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude respectively. Graduation occurs every April and October, however, commencement exercises are done only during the month of April.

The academic year is divided into two semesters, which in turn is divided into at least 16 weeks each, excluding the registration period. The first semester starts in August and ends in December, followed by a 3-week Christmas break. The second semester starts in January and ends in May, with a break for Holy Week. There is a 2-week Christmas break in December. Summer classes of six weeks following the second semester are optional for students.[7]


In 2007, the Philippines' Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized U.P. Cebu as a National Center of Excellence (COE) in Information Technology.

Student Attire[edit]

College Level

  • no uniform required, except for PE classes

High School Level

  • Current: Khaki pants and a white short-sleeved polo with the U.P. logo (boys), maroon checkered skirt and a white round-necked blouse with a necktie (girls)
  • 1972-1992: Sky-blue polo shirt and jeans (boys), fuchsia checkered skirt and a white blouse (girls)




  • Administration Building: houses the offices of the College Secretary, the Dean, the Associate Deans, Student Affairs, Accounting, the Cashier, and the Interactive Learning Center.
  • The Oblation: The university's symbol and a replica of the original, located across the Administration Building. It also marks the boundary between Barangay Camputhaw and Barangay Lahug.


  • Arts and Sciences Building: Originally built for usage as a dormitory, it has since been refurbished for academic use. It now houses the Social Sciences Division, as well as the Computer Science and Mathematics programs of the Sciences Division.
  • Management Building: It is the main building for the Management Division.
  • Undergraduate Building: It is the main building for the Arts and Humanities Division, as well as the Biology program of the Sciences Division.
  • High School Building: Home to U.P.C.C.'s high school program and the Professional Education Division, its classrooms are named after the first nine Presidents of the U.P. System.


  • Cebu Cultural Center for Performing Arts: Currently administered by the Cebu Provincial Government, it is a venue for various events and film showings.
  • Clinic: Located beside the Management Building, it houses the college clinic and doctor.
  • Guest House or Executive House: A place for guests of the university, students and alumni can also pay for temporary lodging.
  • Student Dormitory: An in-campus dormitory, it is capable of holding up to 50 students.
  • U.P.C. HS Covered Court: Located behind the High School building, it is used for sports and P.E. classes.


  • The Library Building: home to the Conference Hall and Audio-Visual Room (AVR-1), it was condemned and set as off-limits in July 2012 after engineers found cracks in essential parts of the structure. Demolition and rebuilding are set to begin in January 2013.

Under Construction[edit]

  • Study Kiosks: Four tambayans to be used for lounging and study purposes, with two on each side of the campus. They are currently under construction and due for completion in late December 2012 or early January 2013.

Demolished / Destroyed[edit]

  • College Gazeebos: A favorite hangout among U.P. Cebu college students, it was completely destroyed by Typhoon Ruping in 1990.
  • Multi-Purpose Hall: Once a venue for indoor P.E. classes and student activities (most notably U.P. Cebu High School's annual Dramafest and Christmas Dance), it was demolished in 1994 to give way to the provincial government's Cebu Cultural Center for Performing Arts, which was completed in 2011.
  • Practical Arts Building: Originally built by the U.S. Government in 1946, it was initially destroyed by neglect, termites, and student vandalism throughout the 1980s and completely demolished in 1992.
  • Tennis Court (HS): A clay court which was the former home of the U.P. Tennis Club, it was demolished in the late 1990s, and now houses a basketball court.
  • Unnamed Rock: A large rock across the Library Building, it was slowly destroyed by U.P. Cebu students and staff before its complete destruction in 1996. Its destruction made it possible to utilize the open field across the library for football and softball competitions.
  • Virata Court: A basketball and volleyball court inaugurated by Prime Minister Cesar Virata, it was demolished in 1994 and is now used as a parking space.

Student Organizations[edit]

Student organizations are an essential component of college life in any U.P. campus, with many students belonging to at least three student organizations. Currently, U.P. Cebu is home to at least 40 recognized student organizations. These meet regularly under the UNISO, or Unified Student Organizations, an assembly of the various student organizations in U.P. Cebu.

Listed below are some of the more prominent student organizations:

  1. Socio-Political
    • Union of Progressive Students (UPS)
    • Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante (NKE)
  2. Student Publications
    • Tambuli (high school level)
    • Tug-Ani (college level; means "to tell")
  3. International and National Affiliates
  4. Interest-based
    • TINTA: The Official Creative Writing Organization of UP Cebu
    • U.P. Cebu Athletics Guild
    • U.P. Cebu Football Club - Men (UP FC Men)
    • U.P. Cebu Football Club - Ladies (UP FC Ladies)
    • U.P. Cebu Lantugi Debate Society
    • U.P. Cybergaming Organization (UP CYBORG)
    • U.P. Nichibunken: Classical and Modern Japanese Culture Studies Organization
    • U.P. Stargazers Society
  5. Course-based
    • Comm-U.P. (Communicators of U.P.)
    • Fine Arts Students Organization (FASO)
    • Management Circle (MC)
    • Math Majors Circle (MMC)
    • U.P. Computer Science Guild (UPCSG)
    • U.P. Ecological Society (UPECS)
    • U.P. Political Science Society (UPPSS)
    • U.P. Psychology Majors Association (UPPSYMA)
  6. Year-level organizations
    • SUGOD - Supreme Union of Great and Optimistic Dreamers (Fourth Year, batch 2013)
    • SYNCHO - Synchronized Youth of the Nation Cultivating Humanism (Third Year, batch 2014)
    • PISO (Second Year, batch 2015)
    • PRIMO (First Year, batch 2016)
  7. Regional Groups
    • U.P. KALESA - Katilingbang Leyteno han Samareno
    • U.P. KADBOL - Kadugong Bol-Anon
  8. Fraternities and Sororities
    • U.P. Cebu Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity & Sorority
    • U.P. Latagaw Brotherhood and Lamdag Sisterhood
    • U.P. TAO Brotherhood and Sisterhood
  9. Performing Arts
    • Amateur Creative Thespians of the University of the Philippines (ACT-UP)
    • U.P. ANDRES
    • U.P. Sayaw-Evolution (UP SAYAW-E)
    • U.P. Students' Theater Arts Guild for Education (UPSTAGE)
  10. Socio-Civic and Cause-Based Organizations
    • The Movement
    • U.P. CHORVA
    • U.P. Liberation for Gay Advocates (U.P. LIGAYA)
    • U.P. SAGABAY
  11. Religious Organizations
    • U.P. Youth For Christ (UP-YFC)
    • U.P. FIAT
    • U.P. La Juventud
  12. Other Organizations
    • U.P. Dormers Association (UPDA)

Special Events[edit]

Date Event Organizers Activity / Notes
Freshies' Night UP SAGABAY An annual event, usually held on the first Friday of the month, where the latest batch of college freshmen are welcomed to UP, with bands and various other performances lasting from early evening until after midnight.
Student Council Elections (1st Year) Office of Student Affairs The two freshmen representatives to the college's Student Council are elected by the latest batch of freshmen, following a series of room-to-room campaigns and a grand rally. The elected representatives serve until the overall elections held in the last quarter of the academic year.
UP Cookout UP Cebu Student Council The most celebrated event in UP Cebu. Originally starting out as a protest gathering in 1987 where people gathered and brought food, the Cookout has evolved into the college's biggest annual event, with a large audience composed of both UP students and outsiders.
UP Cebu Intramurals P.E. Department The different clusters (for the undergraduate level) and year levels (for the secondary level) compete with each other in a series of games and other activities, making the Intramurals the most divisive activity of the year. The Intramurals' culminating activity is known as Athletes' Night, with the first instance held in 2012, also marking the replacement of the Mr. and Ms. Intrams beauty pageant with Mr. and Ms. Fitness.
Kalag-Kalag sa UP PISO (Batch 2011-2015) The annual Halloween celebration in UP, usually accompanied by screenings of horror films and the Mr. and Ms. Kalag-Kalag contest.
Human Auction UP Psychology Majors Association (UPPSYMA) Pending Update
Human Rights Week UP Political Science Society (UPPSS) Pending Update
Oblation Run APO Held annually on the fraternity's anniversary of 16 December, APO fraternity members run nude throughout the campus as a form of protest against contemporary social issues.[8] Reportedly originating in UP Diliman in 1977, the run has since spread to UP Cebu and other campuses including Baguio,[9] Los Baños,[10] Manila[11]Mindanao and Visayas.[12]
U.P. Otaku Fest UP Nichibunken + 4th year batch org UP Otaku Fest is Cebu’s biggest annual cosplay and hobby convention based in the University of the Philippines Cebu.

UP Otaku Fest was founded in 2007 by BAGSIK, then third year batch organization of UP Cebu to help raise funds for the organization. The idea was to hold a convention with as much variety and fan-driven entertainment, but is not limited to a certain genre and is open to all fandoms. Like most passion projects, the event had a humble beginning, but it was the beginning of something BIG, a great wave that will introduce more cosplay and hobby convention events to Cebuanos and into the Cebuano culture. Through the years, it has showcased an array of attractions including exhibits, mini-cafes, DOTA competitions, photography contests, original character design competitions, a movie haus, singing and dance competitions, cosplay competitions, and many others.

The first Otaku Fest successfully gathered a crowd of around a thousand people at its peak from all walks of life to celebrate and exhibit the fandoms they cherish the most. The number of participants has grown steadily through the years as UP Otaku Fest has become one of the most heavily awaited and attended hobby conventions in Cebu. It is held every February and serves as Cebu’s opening salvo of all similar events annually.

Pinoy Po! Akustikoncert U.P. Tao Brotherhood and Sisterhood Now on its tenth year since its conception in 2003, Pinoy Po! remains an annual concert held in the lobby of the Arts and Sciences Building that features various UP Cebu bands and showcases arrays of only Original Pilipino Music befitting the yearly themes. Pinoy Po! is also considered one of the best 'jam sessions' in UP Cebu, as well as tribute to the world of OPM.
Ms. U.P. Cebu 3rd Year Mass Communication students First organized in 2008, Ms. U.P. Cebu has become one of the most anticipated annual events in the college, as well as the campus' signature beauty pageant.
Crazy Day Various An annual event where students dress up in unusual attire and costumes.
College Days Course Organizations A succession of different events with themes corresponding to the different organizers, such as Corporate Night for the event organized by Business Management students.
Events with unspecified dates
  1. MINDWORKS (organized by the Fine Arts Students Organization, running since 1986)
  2. Komzion day (established by ComSci students batch 2007)
  3. Holi Day

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "U.P. Statistics 2013" (PDF). University of the Philippines. University of the Philippines system. 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  2. ^
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  5. ^ "UP Diliman Faculty Manual" (PDF). UP Diliman. 2003. p. 197. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "UP Diliman Faculty Manual" (PDF). UP Diliman. 2003. p. 235. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "UP Diliman Faculty Manual" (PDF). UP Diliman. 2003. p. 166. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Katherine Adraneda (2008-06-19). "Oblation Run, protesting students greet UP centennial celebration". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  9. ^ Her Lynn Balares; Jian Marienne Co (2011-03-02). "Oblation: The Truth beneath the Leaves". Oble. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  10. ^ Maricar Cinco (2010-12-16). "UP budget slash marks APO run in Los Baños campus". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  11. ^ "UP fratmen stage Oblation Run vs Charter change". GMA News. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  12. ^ Reyan L. Arinto (2010-12-17). "APO fraternity members conduct Oblation Run yesterday afternoon". Leyte Samar Daily Express. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

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