University of the Philippines Manila

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University of the Philippines Manila
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Maynila
University of the Philippines Manila Logo.png
Motto Honor and Excellence
  • 1908 (campus)
  • 1967 (as Health Sciences Center)
  • 1979 (as an autonomous unit)
Type National, research university
Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla[1]
President Alfredo E. Pascual
Academic staff
1,228 (2013)[2]
Students 5,903 (2013)[2]
Undergraduates 3,881 (2013)[2]
Postgraduates 2,022 (2013)[2]
Location Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban, 14 ha (35 acres)
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 Manila (also referred to as UPM or UP Manila) is a coeducational and public research university in the Philippines. Located in Manila, the country's capital city, 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 UP 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 region. 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] UP 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 UP Manila. The COEs in the university are medicine and nursing, with the UP College of Medicine as the very first Center of Excellence in Medical Education in the country. It is currently among only five medical institutions to be recognized as Centers of Excellence in Medical Education.


The UP Manila started with the establishment of the Philippine Medical School in 1905. The Philippine Medical School was later integrated into the University of the Philippines and was renamed College of Medicine and Surgery.

In 1907, Philippine Commission Act 1688 dated August 17 created the Philippine General Hospital. PGH was eventually linked formally with the CM, with its dean becoming the PGH director.

The College of Public Health (CPH), College of Pharmacy (CP) and the College of Dentistry (CD) started as units of CM and eventually became full-fledged colleges in 1932, 1935 and 1948, respectively. During the World War II, the university continued to hold classes in makeshift rooms. After the war, the university transferred to the Diliman campus in 1948, leaving behind the colleges.

In 1948, the Board of Regents established the College of Nursing. At the 894th meeting of the Board of Regents on October 28, 1977 and through Presidential Executive Order No. 519 dated January 24, 1979, the Health Science Center was created and recognized as an autonomous campus of the UP System. The then existing units related to the health sciences constituted the Center, with the College of Arts and Sciences Manila transformed into a full-fledged unit and made part of the Center.

Through the years, additional colleges, institutes and units were established, such as the School of Allied Medical Professions now the College of Allied Medical Professions (1962), Institute of Ophthalmology (IO, 1965), Institute of Health Sciences (now the School of Health Sciences, 1975) and the National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (1975).

On October 22, 1982, the Center was renamed UP Manila by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 4. In 1988, the Institute for Socio-Biomedical Research (ISBMR) was created to serve as a common administrative and research facility for UP Manila's research units. In 1995, three more units were established to enhance UP Manila's excellence as a center for academic training, research and development - the School of Distance Education, the Graduate Office, now theNational Graduate Office for the Health Sciences, and the Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (IBMB).

With the creation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on January 26, 1996 to promote the conduct of health research and lead in the utilization of its research findings, the IO, ISBMR and IBMB were made its initial components. A few years after, several other component institutes were created, such as the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Child Health and Development, Institute of Human Genetics, Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies, and Ear Institute.


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.[6]

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



  • Chancellor: Carmencita D. Padilla, MD, MAHPS
  • Vice Chancellors:
    • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan, MPH, DrPH
    • Vice Chancellor for Administration, Arlene Alcid-Samaniego, MD
    • Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, Michael L. Tee, MD, MHPEd
    • Vice Chancellor for 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
  • Deans of Degree-Granting Units:
    • College of Allied Medical Professions, Jocelyn Christina B. Marzan, PhD
    • College of Arts and Sciences, Alex C. Gonzaga, PhD, Dr.Eng’g
    • College of Dentistry, Vicente O. Medina III, DMD, PhD
    • College of Medicine, Agnes D. Mejia, MD
    • College of Nursing, Lourdes Marie S. Tejero, RN, PhD
    • College of Pharmacy, Imelda G. Peña, DrPH
    • College of Public Health, Romeo R. Quizon, MSc Eng’g
    • School of Health Sciences, Salvador Isidro B. Destura, MD, MPH
    • National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, Nemuel S. Fajutagana, MD, MHPEd,
  • Academic Support Services:
    • 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, Anthony GH Cordero, MD (Director)
    • UPM Learning Resource Center, Prof. Anna A. Santiago (Director)
    • Interactive Learning Center, Dr. Nemuel Fajutagana (Director)
    • 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, Alma L. Jimenez, MD, FPPA (Director)
    • Ugnayan ng Pahinungod-Manila, Eric SM Talens, MD (Director)
    • Good Neighbors Initiative of Ermita-Malate, Nina G. Gloriani, MD, PhD ( Coordinator)

Academics and Rankings[edit]

Colleges, School, and Center[edit]

UP Manila offers 21 undergraduate, post-graduate, and graduate programs by its nine degree-granting units. Through its School of Distance Education, it hosts a center of the UP Open University.

The College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) started in 1962 as the School of Allied Medical Professions. It offered the first Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy courses in the country. CAMP also offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in speech pathology.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was established through an approval of a resolution creating a University Extension Division in Manila on June 21, 1951. It offers courses in Arts and Communication, Physical and Natural Sciences, Physical Education, and Social Sciences.

The College of Dentistry (CD) was founded in 1915 and offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and graduate programs in Dentistry. It administers the Dental Clinic of the Philippine General Hospital Out-Patient Department (PGH-OPD).[7]

The College of Medicine (CM), the oldest degree-granting unit of the UP System, was established as the Philippine Medical School in 1905. The college offers undergrduate, postgraduate, and graduate programs in medicine. It is the first Center of Excellence in Medicine Education in the Philippines.

Established in 1948, the College of Nursing (CN) offers bachelor, masteral, and doctorate programs in Nursing. It was one of colleges of UP Diliman until it moved to the Manila campus when the Health Sciences Center was created. In 2001, the Commission on Higher Education identified CN as a Center of Excellence in Nursing.[8]

Founded in 1914, the College of Pharmacy(CP) started from the Pharmacy program offered by UP since 1911. Its three departments offer a bachelor's degree program in Pharmacy and the only Industrial Pharmacy program in the country. CP is a member of American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy since 1917.[9]

The College of Public Health (CPH) started as a unit of the College of Medicine and became a college in 1932. It is composed of 8 units that offer an undergraduate program in Public Health. CPH is a member of the SEAMEO Regional Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network and hosts the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Center for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health.

The National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions (NTTC-HP) was established in 1975. It is a WHO Regional Education Development Center for HPEd. It offers graduate programs in Health Professions Education.[10]

Established in 1975, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) in Palo, Leyte; Baler, Aurora; and Koronadal, So. Cotabato started as the Institute of Health Sciences in Tacloban, a joint project of the Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the UP System. It offers a ladderized curriculum leading to Doctor in Medicine.[11]

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 the historic 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.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ a b c d "U.P. Statistics 2013" (PDF). University of the Philippines. University of the Philippines system. 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ National Institutes of Health
  4. ^ Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
  5. ^ Continuing Education
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "UPM College of Dentistry". UPM website. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "UPM College of Nursing". UPM website. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "UPM College of Pharmacy". UPM website. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "UPM NTTCHP". NTTCHP website. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "School of Health Sciences". UPM website. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  12. ^, USeeing double: UP Manila has 2 Oblations

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